Price US $120

Columbia High Volt II 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The Columbia High Volt II is a step up from the Bugaboo, and a good pant for a casual skier. The active fit is a bit more conforming, and our tester found it a bit tight in the thighs. It does come in a short, regular, and long so you can find a better fit for your length. The waterproofing is pretty middle of the road, but unless you spend a lot of time outside in wet conditions or a ton of time in the deep snow, then it shouldn’t be a problem. Just be sure to take care of them properly, and retreat occasionally to keep water-proofing. Where the Columbia High Volt II pant differs from the Bugaboo is the insulation. It comes with Columbia’s Omni-Heat Insulation and thermal reflectors. The pant is pretty warm, and usually a light thermal layer underneath is sufficient.  If you’re looking for a warm pant on a budget, and don’t need a ton of waterproofing or technical features, then the Columbia High Volt II is a good option.

Pant Size Tried – M

Cindy’s Specs:
Normal Specs– 5’4”, 150 lbs,
Upper Body Specs – 36” Chest, Torso Length 18” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 16.5”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body– 29” Waist, 41” Hips, 29.5” Inseam,  26” Thigh
Turn On’s: Size M Pants that have a bit more room to fit my thighs and big butt, but fit well in the waist.  That way, not only can I utilize my pockets, I can also ride freely and comfortably on the hill.
Turn Off’s: Size M Pants that fit too tight in the thigh so I can’t use my pockets but so loose in the waist they fall down and I get snow in my pants.

 

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Type

Insulated Pant

Treatment Type

DWR

Insert Type

Other

Insulation Type

Other

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

No

Bib

No

Jacket to Pant Interface

No

Venting

Meshed Vents

Layer Count

2 Layer

Company Waterproof Rating

10K

Company Breathability Rating

10K

Manufactured in

Imported

Fit

Semi Tight

Packability

Thick

Waterproofing

Average

Breathability

Average

Warmth

Good