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"No pockets" - By Jeffrey Chard (Mountain View, CA United States)
It has done its job to keep me dry. I do wish I'd noticed the other reviews that mentioned the lack of pockets - neither the jacket nor the pants have any. I bought this to walk the dog in the rain, and at a minimum I'm carrying bags, keys & cell phone. Not having easy access to these items definitely makes this suit less than ideal.
The material is thinner, but durability is not an issue. There is some signs of wear around the seams, but that's standard for the type of material. It will definitely keep you dry and it's about as breathable as a good raincoat can be - which is to say not very. Super basic design and very limited/no real unique features, but that's not the point of a rain coat. The pockets have plenty of room (they're actually kind of hug on the inside), and the pit vents are long enough (although they don't have any mesh or netting when opened, so it's just a big zip hole).
Most important: This jacket works well as an outer layer when it gets colder. I live in DC and it rains a lot during the winter and the temp is lower (30s to ... full review
This poncho is very light weight yet seems durable. It's made of a high quality material which doesn't stick to the skin in hot weather. My daughter took it to camp and doesn't mind wearing it. It's a big improvement over the less expensive versions which are not at all comfortable to wear during the summer months. Definitely worth the price.
I got this jacket because sometimes it rains when I'm at the range. Based on various other reviews on the Helium, etc. I thought that I would give this a shot. Recently, I was at an all day outdoor training course. It rained for hours. Standing, sitting, shooting, kneeling, walking in the rain and in the mud, the Helium jacket performed in an outstanding manner. My pant, shoes, socks were soaked. but my t-shirt under my Helium was dry. I am very pleased with it performance. It delivered and for such a light weight jacket I now have complete confidence in it. It has proven itself. The Helium is no puff. It works.
I wish that OR would make a longer version with the same material like a rain coat or a car coat. I think it would be great for those hot humid rainy summer day. I could ... full review
I live in Seattle, Wa where having a quality rainjacket is a must and this Columbian Watertight is amazing....clean/stylish looking and Watertight it defenitly is
Ive played serveral rounds of golf in light drizzle to heavy downpoors and its kept me totally dry. It's very light weight which allowed me to stay cool and at the same time was loose/lightweight enought to allow for movement
Id give it a 6 if possible, couldnt be happier...was a great purchase
This thing is amazing! I have it hanging on my back patio and love using it. When pack up its smaller than a football and light weight. Left it out in the rain the other night and it was dry by morning. Feels exactly like a parachute. I am 5'6" and around 200 lbs... not a little girl...and this thing works great for me. Plenty of room but it is a single. I would not attempt to put another person in it with me even if I was lighter and we would be under the weight limit. It's just not made for two.