Price US $180

Columbia Cubist IV 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The Columbia Cubist IV is a pretty great jacket for the price. It has all the features you would expect to find in higher priced jackets with a water-proof rating that is pretty standard. Sure, it’s not Gore-Tex, but there are plenty of more expensive jackets that are right on par with the Columbia Cubist IV. In addition it has 80g of omni-heat insulation and an omni-heat reflective layer to keep you warm no matter the conditions. The Columbia Cubist IV also has a ton of great pockets, all of which have water-proof zippers (another option not usually found on lower priced jackets). It has a detachable hood, and adjustable powder skirt.  I also really like the comfort cuffs. The fit is regular, and pretty true to size, with the waist running a bit longer than other brands. Overall, the Columbia Cubist IV is a fantastic jacket for the price, and as long as you’re not skiing in the rain or wet snow, you’ll stay warm and dry.

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

Partially Insulated

Primary Waterproofing

Omni-Dry

Outer Layer Waterproofing

DWR

Insulation Type

Other

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Hood Type

Detachable Contoured

Powder Skirt

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

No

Venting

Pit Zips

Meshed Vents

Yes

Layer Count

3 Layer

Waterproof Rating

10K

Breathability Rating

10K

Manufactured in

Imported

Fit

Normal

Packability

Normal

Waterproofing

Average

Breathability

Average

Warmth

Great