Price US $175

Columbia Bugaboo Interchange 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The Columbia Bugaboo Interchange jacket is a classic 3in1 from Columbia. The waterproof shell can be worn on its own in warm weather, or combined with the warm fleece layer when the temps drop. Columbia Bugaboo Interchange fit is pretty true to size, although with the fleece layer in it can feel a bit bunchy. I find this to be true with a lot of 3in1s but fleece tends to be the worst. I feel it just “sticks” a bit more than some of the other materials do. That being said, the only time you will need to layer is on a really cold day. The fleece liner is pretty warm and will do the trick for most days. Like most 3in1’s the breathability suffers a bit, and you will sweat if you’re moving around a lot. The Columbia Bugaboo Interchange feels a bit heavy, as do most 3in1s, but for me it’s really nice to have the versatility that the jacket offers. The water-proofing is pretty middle of the road, but if you’re not skiing when it’s really wet, then it shouldn’t really be a problem. I would recommend the Columbia Bugaboo Interchange for 3in1 fans who just need a reliable everyday jacket, especially if you’re on a budget. The Columbia Bugaboo Interchange is definitely not the jacket for really wet conditions or for those who spend a lot of time in the backcountry.

Jacket Size- S

Matt’s Specs:
Normal Specs– 5’10”, 160 lbs,
Upper Body– 34.5” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 22”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body– 30” Waist, 38” Hips, 30” Inseam,  22” Thigh
Turn On’s: Active fit jackets that fit well around my chest and torso, but don’t restrict movement. Size S Pants that have a bit more room in my thighs, that way I can actually use my pockets. And of course getting first chair with 12” of fresh powder on the mountain.
Turn Off’s: Size S Jackets that are too tight, and Size M jackets that are too loose in the waist. I really don’t like a loose waist that can allow cold air in, and I don’t like having to cinch down the waist. I also don’t like jackets that ride up when I’m skiing, The jacket should stay in place. Pants that fit too tight in the thigh, and I can’t use my pockets. Crowds in the mountains, and not being able to find a place to park in at the trailhead or ski resort.

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Type

Fully Insulated

Primary Waterproofing

Omni-Dry

Outer Layer Waterproofing

DWR

Insulation Type

Fleece

Taped Seams

Criticaly Taped

Waterproof Zippers

No

Hood Type

Detachable Contoured

Powder Skirt

No

Jacket to Pant Interface

No

Venting

Pit Zips

Meshed Vents

Yes

Layer Count

Waterproof Rating

Unpublished

Breathability Rating

Unpublished

Manufactured in

Imported

Fit

Normal

Packability

Normal

Waterproofing

Average

Breathability

Average

Warmth

Good