Columbia has a wide range of new outdoor products for 2009, and the Waypoint II/Wildwood sets a good standard. The multi-activity jacket is made from Omni-Tech – Columbia’s own brand of fabric – which uses a microporous membrane to keep the wearer dry while maintaining breathability to allow sweat to escape. The fabric feels more robust than others, hence the slightly heavier weight. There’s also a stormflap over the front zip to keep rain out. The hood rolls into the collar and has a small but good wired peak to add protection. The two pockets are quite large and the zips allow reasonable access even while wearing a rucksack hipbelt or climbing harness. The two pockets are mesh-lined to aid ventilation and reduce weight while underarm zips provide extra venting. The main fabric also includes 45 per cent recycled polyester to help reduce the effect on the planet. But the Columbia Waypoint II/Wildwood’s hood movement is not as good as some higher-priced jackets. For more cash you can get jackets with better condensation control. There is no reflective material for cycling at night, and a lighter jacket would be better for running. Pockets extend to the hem, so retrieving items from them is not easy if wearing a rucksack hipbelt or climbing harness. The women’s Wildwood pockets are lower and more easily obscured by hipbelts.
Outer Omni-Tech coated polyester (45% recycled)
Fabric waterproofness waterproof
Fabric breathability breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s Waypoint); XS-XL (women’s Wildwood)
Weight 455g (men’s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 4
Verdict: The Columbia Waypoint II/Wildwood is an excellent jacket for the price, and it provides good performance for walking, biking and general outdoor activity.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009