The Columbia Jump Off Cargo only has your standard entry level waterproof and breathable tech, but it has a ton of skier specific features that help to set this apart from most other entry level pants in the industry. It would be a great pant for those casual skiers in dryer climates that still want the features typically only found on higher end technical shell.
Columbia Jump Off Cargo Ski Pant Review
Pant Size: M
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Columbia Jump Off Cargo has an Omni-Tech waterproof and breathable fabric for protection from wet weather. This is Columbia’s standard waterproof tech, and is found throughout the line. I have never been disappointed with Omni-Tech gear, but I’ve never been really excited about it either. It does an okay job in wet weather, but it does require some care to ensure that it stays waterproof over time. This would be okay for casual skiers that are only getting out several times a year, and aren’t skiing in really wet conditions. Breathability is also okay, but definitely not great. The pant does have huge leg vents though. And you don’t need as much breathability from the pant.
Fit: The Columbia Jump Off Cargo has an active fit that feels pretty true to size. The shell is constructed with a 4-way elastane stretch material, and they feel really comfortable. They do have a loose fit, but not over the top by any means. It gives you plenty of room for layering underneath, but there would be no need to size down or size up. The small fit me really well, and the medium was just a bit too loose for my preference. If you have a similar body size, chances are you’ll feel the same way.
Warmth: The Columbia Jump Off Cargo has an Omni-Heat reflective layer inside the pant. This provides some quality warmth for a shell, but this isn’t going to be great on really cold days. With the right base layers underneath, the Jump Off Cargo could work fine for most skiers in most conditions.
Features: The features of the Columbia Jump Off Cargo is really what set it apart from the rest of Columbia’s line, and really a lot of other entry level pants for that matter. The Jump Off Cargo has an 4-way stretch elastane shell, and articulated knees for a great fit and good mobility. Waterproofing is pretty standard, but the jump off does have fully sealed seems, and waterproof zippers. The Omni-Heat reflective liner does a good job at retaining heat, and I was really glad to see gigantic outer leg vents without mesh. These will cool you down in a hurry, and even though these aren’t super breathable, you won’t have to worry about sweating inside your pants. The Jump Off Cargo also has a lot of good pockets, including the two cargo style pockets on the front of the pant. I really liked how much space I had for gear.
Bottom Line: The Columbia Jump Off Cargo pant is part of the Titanium series and is really a solid pant for the price. It has a very comfortable fit and lots of ski specific features for the resort skier. It doesn’t have great waterproof/breathable tech, but should be more than enough for most casual resort skiers.