Price US $350

Columbia Carvin 2016 Review by A Better Ski

The Columbia Carvin jacket is similar to the CSC Mogul but with 60g of insulation. This would be a great jacket for casual skiers that want a moderately warm jacket. It has entry level tech and a good amount of skier specific features. The Columbia Carvin is a very solid resort jacket.

Columbia Carvin Insulated Ski Jacket Review

 

Tester: Matt

Size: M

Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info

Waterproofing and Breathability: The Columbia Carvin meets the industry standard for waterproofing with an Omni-Tech fabric. Omni-Tech isn’t great in wet weather, but will at least provide some protection in light snow and rain. The Carvin won’t be you’re go to jacket in an area that sees a lot of wet snow or rain. However, it’s perfectly fine in a typically dryer place like the Rockies. I could use the Carvin as an everyday jacket and be able to use it on all but the wettest days I ski during a season.

Warmth: The Columbia Carvin is only moderately insulated, but feels warmer than the insulation may suggest. With 60g of insulation, the Carvin would typically be good for mildly cold days. Add in an internal layer lined with Omni-Heat, and the Carvin feels more like an 80-100g jacket. This makes it warm enough for all but the coldest days on the mountain. I do run warm though, and some skiers may find it too light for cold days. Still, the Carvin offers plenty of room underneath for layers, and with the right combination could be used throughout the season.

Fit: The Columbia Carvin has an active fit that feels pretty true to size. I’m typically between a small and medium for Columbia. I think for this jacket, I prefer the slightly tighter fit of the small. The medium fits well, but is slightly loose. If you prefer more room underneath for layering, the medium would work well, but if your prefer the active form fit, a small would work better. The Carvin also has a 4-way stretch shell that allows you to have a tighter fit without feeling restricted. I love this material in jackets, and really happy to see Columbia use it in the Titanium line.

Features: The Columbia Carvin has plenty of features that skiers will love. My personal favorite is the stretch material that helps create a better fit without reducing mobility. This material also holds up to abuse pretty well as the fabric will stretch before ripping. The Carvin also has a removable articulating hood, adjustable powder skirt, wrist gaiters, underarm venting with mesh, and PU water resistant zippers. The jacket also has plenty of pockets. There is a pass pocket on the sleeve, two hand warming pockets, and internal media and goggle pockets. I would prefer a vertical chest pocket over the horizontal one, but that’s really just preference. The horizontal chest pocket is still very functional.

Bottom Line: The Columbia Carvin has all the ski specific features I want in a resort jacket. It also has a moderate amount of insulation. The Carvin only has entry level tech for waterproofing, but it would be enough for all but the wettest days I ski. I could easily see this becoming my every-day jacket at the resort. I would recommend this as a one jacket solution to any casual resort skier.

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Type

Fully Insulated

Primary Waterproofing

Other

Outer Layer Waterproofing

Other

Insulation Type

Other

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Hood Type

Detachable Articulating

Powder Skirt

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Pit Zips

Meshed Vents

Yes

Layer Count

2 Layer

Waterproof Rating

Unpublished

Breathability Rating

Unpublished

Manufactured in

Imported

Fit

Semi Tight

Packability

Normal

Waterproofing

Average

Breathability

Average

Warmth

Good