Gear Roundup: Bibs
Bibs offer substantially more coverage than traditional ski pants. They're especially effective when skiing blower powder. We've picked the most stylish and functional pairs around. Luckily for you, there's powder almost everywhere.
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Outfitted with a zip-off softshell bib that features Velcro-adjustable straps and two extra pockets, these pants are extremely versatile. If you decide to take the bib off for the day, your pants will still stay up thanks to the adjustable waistline and belt loops. The Velcro gaiters snap open, and the hemline unzips to the calf so you don’t have to struggle to get them over your boots. Five zip-closure pockets with welded seams give the pants a sleek look. $229; stoicgear.com.
Waterproof, breathable, stretchy fabric makes these pants comfy and durable. Use the full-length side zips when you’re hiking up Cody Bowl at Jackson, and stash your granola bar in the large chest pocket. When it’s warm out, increase your steeze factor by losing the shoulder straps— a belt through the belt loops wlll still keep ’em up. $420, trewgear.com.
Aptly named “Baker,” these bibs will keep you dry, even when it’s dumping in the Pacific Northwest. Flylow’s recent addition to the winter line-up come in black, blue, and orange, and feature standard Flylow elements like thigh vents and articulated knees. Better yet: Flylow is giving a pair away, free. Click here to find out more. $320, flylowgear.com.
These men’s specific pants feature everything Arc’teryx is known for: light and fast construction, and true alpine style. These pants feature GORE-TEX® pro shell, articulated knees, and 3/4 length side zips. Laminated powder cuffs and deep thigh pockets complete the package. $450, arcteryx.com.
These bib-front pants have Velcro-adjustable straps and two pockets up top for storage under your jacket. The hip pockets have bungees for your season pass and special compartments that can easily secure a cell phone or wallet. In case you overheat, outer-leg zippers extend from hip to cuff, allowing you to choose exactly where along your leg you want venting. $349; firstascent.com.
Orage takes its cues from steezy-looking jibsters, and these pants deliver. The slim cut is stylish, yet wont get in the way in powder up to your neck. GORE-TEX® 3-ply fabric is breathable and waterproof, and mesh vents on the inner thigh release heat when you warm up. All seams are fully sealed to ensure you stay ultra-dry. $350, orage.com.
If these pants are good enough for Seth Morrison, they’re good enough for you. They’re loose, but not baggy, and innovations like cuff savers keep them looking fresh for years to come. A front zipper makes them easy to get in and out of, and an adjustable waist helps you dial in the fit. $450, oakley.com.