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
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.