Columbia Women’s CSC Mogul Jacket and Zip Down Insulated Pant Review

 

If you are a cold skier or boarder, aka you get cold easy, then you need to check out this combination. On a ski day where the temperatures had a high of 4F; I was able to wear the Columbia CSC Mogul Jacket and Zip Down Insulated Pant with simple lightweight base-layer on top and bottom and never was chilled. I typically would need to have layered a merino t-shirt, wicking mid-layer, insulating layer with either down or Primaloft, and then a hardshell over top to reach the same level of warmth that the Columbia CSC Mogul packs in an easy on/off, one jacket package.

When I think of Columbia, I think of my old Bugaboo Jacket from the 1980s (and get a bit nostalgic), but don’t think of it as a serious outdoor brand. The Columbia CSC Mogul Jacket retails for $300 and the Zip Down Insulated Pant retails for $250; you can get an entire ski outfit for the price of a jacket from some other brands. This jacket and ski pant combination knocked my socks off.

Performance and Fabric

The Columbia CSC Mogul Jacket features Omni-Heat™ reflective lining, a breathable material that uses little silver dots to reflect trapped body heat. The end result is an extremely warm jacket without all the heft or weight of other insulating layers. On the outside, the jacket features fully seam sealed Omni-Tech™, which is a waterproof and breathable outer layer composed of 87% nylon and 13% elastane. The elastane keeps the jacket from feeling stiff, even when cold and makes the outer feel more like a soft shell then a hard shell. The jacket is durable and hasn’t developed any snags despite some close encounters with tree branches and ski tips.

Omni-Heat™ Reflective “shiny” lining: media and stash pockets, integrated powder skirt

If you do warm up, Columbia has integrated pit zips to help you dump heat. The pit zips feature two way zippers and are easy to grasp with the pull loop; the zipper track measures. Waterproof center zip with fleece lining along top and separate collar from hood to seal out the elements, rounds out the attentive weather details by Columbia.

Features

Columbia thought of everything with this jacket, really. Here is a list of the features that I used on a regular basis:

  • The integrated powder skirt is stretchy and adjustable, a major plus as we are not all the same shape. The powder skirt can also be snapped to the side when not in use to avoid the hassle of it getting in the way when you are wearing this jacket off the slopes. There is also 2 snaps to allow you to attach the powder skirt to your pants to eliminate any air or snow getting down your back side.
  • Removable, insulated hood. The hood is also ski helmet compatible and can be cinched down in the back for a close fit. I did find it hard to adjust the helmet when wearing mittens or gloves, so you may need to ask a ski buddy for a hand. I wouldn’t mind if Columbia made it a permanent hood, as I never remove the hoods on jackets because you never know what mother nature may have in store.
  • Left photo: Pockets galore with velcro flap pockets, weatherproof side zip pockets, and nearly hidden center pocket. Photo above: Thumb-loop and adjustable cuff to keep your wrists and hands comfy and cozy.more
  • Pockets and more pockets. There are so many pockets that you don’t need to ski with a pack because this jacket likely has space for it. At the left chest there is an internal vertical zip pocket ideal for your phone and features a media port at the top. On the inside right there is a stash pocket to add a sandwich or an extra Buff. Moving to the outside of the CSC Mogul jacket there are two zippered fleece lined hand pockets with an overlapping velcro closure pocket. There is small pocket on the left front chest that blends in and has a low profile zipper. And lastly, there is a pass pocket along the left sleeve.
  • The cuffs were one of my favorite features. There is a large thumb loop opening that allows you to wear the thumb loop over or under a pair of gloves or mittens. The fabric is soft, stretchy, and dries quickly. This added layer was great on the wet-deep powder days to help keep your skin warm and dry. The outer cuff is stretchy and easy to adjust with the velcro closure. If you like to place your gloves or mittens under the cuff, this can easily be accomplished with one hand.
  • Columbia CSC Modul Jacket on a gorgeous Steamboat Powder Day!
    Generous center back and arm length to keep you covered

Mogul CSC Jacket Fit

The Columbia Mogul CSC Jacket features a loose or almost free-ride fit. It was worn by the Mogul skiers at the Sochi Olympics, hence the name and likely the fit design to allow for more freedom of movement. The jacket is comfortable, moves with you, and isn’t stiff so the added sizing wasn’t necessarily a negative for me. I traditionally wear a size medium and tested the medium and felt that taking the loose fit into account, it ran true to size. The center back length of the Mogul CSC Jacket is 29″, which provides added coverage in the rear to keep you warm on and off the chair lift. The sleeve length was plenty generous at 24″, when measured from the top of the shoulder to the outer cuff.

The Columbia Mogul CSC Jacket is available in size XS to XL and please click here for the Columbia size guide for more information.

Columbia Zip Down Insulated Pant

When you are out earning your turns in the backcountry or ascending on skis at the resort, you need a breathable, easy to vent, and lightweight pant. However, when you are enjoying a cold lift-served powder day, insulated pants are a great option. The Columbia Zip Down Insulated Pant takes many of the same great features of the CSC Mogul Jacket and integrates them into a women’s specific ski pant.

The Zip Down Insulated Pant features 4 Way Stretch 2 Layer Cyberstretch outer, which is a 87% nylon and 13% elastane combination that moves with you and not against you. Columbia integrated Omni-Heat Reflective™ and 40g Omni-Heat™ Insulation. In the photos below, you can see that the reflective areas are in the higher heat producing areas to trap the body heat that you create and integrate that heat to keep the remainder of your body warm. The tricot blue lining is soft and also features insulation underneath to ensure you are warm in the areas that don’t receive as much blood flow.

Abrasion resistant fabric has been added to the back of each cuff to help prevent fabric breakdown. Each cuff is zippered with a snap closure and features a stretch gaiter to attach to your boot to keep snow out. Additional features include thigh zips to help regulate your temperature when you heat up. These thigh zips are easy to open and close while wearing a pair of mittens. Columbia has included plenty of pockets in these pants: there is a right thigh pocket with a waterproof zipper, two hip pockets, and one rear zip pocket at the right hip.

The Columbia Zip Down Insulated Pant is available in size XS to XL and runs a tad large. Check out the size guide above to ensure you get an accurate fit and order a size down if you like a closer fitting pant. The Zip Down Insulated Pant, per the Columbia website, is also available in a variety of inseams: petite (29.5″), regular (32″), and long (34.5″). This is a great feature for those that are on either end of the height spectrum as most ski pants can’t be altered and its’ no fun to have pants that cut you in the wrong places. The waist is adjustable with elastic pull tabs, however I added a belt and utilized the integrated belt loops for more security. You can easily loop these pants with the CSC Mogul Jacket thanks to two loops on the hips of these pants that match up perfectly with the jacket.

Overall, I was very impressed with the entire Columbia kit. I hadn’t tried any Columbia Outerwear in many many years and was impressed by the various features that are available in an affordable package. For more information on the Columbia CSC Mogul Jacket and Zip Down Insulated Pant, please visit Columbia.com

Shannon: Shannon, our fabulous female tester, takes gear testing to a new level for women. When not at work or school, she is most likely training for a marathon, climbing one of Colorado’s tallest peaks, riding her road bike, or skiing down a mountain slope. Like many women, Shannon gets cold easily, therefore, we try to test the best all weather gear to help her stay warm and dry during all day outdoor pursuits. In the warmer months, Shannon enjoys exploring the Colorado backcountry with her friends and dogs and attempts to escape for as many trail runs as her schedule allows. Shannon is a great women’s tester because she gives readers true insight into how a product may perform for an active woman.
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