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Best Ski Bibs of 2017

By: Ben Conners

Best Ski Bibs of 2017

This year’s ski bib testing was conducted in the backcountry of Colorado, skiing winter snow in places like Berthoud Pass, the Gore Range, inbounds at Vail and Arapahoe Basin resorts, and in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia.

Trends
With backcountry skiing exploding in popularity, a demand for versatility in clothing and gear items is an important consideration for manufacturers. Heavy, one-dimensional outerwear that only excels on the downhill is slowly becoming a relic of the past. The realm of ski bibs is no different, and as a result lightweight, breathable materials are being used to construct bibs, with versatility in various conditions and across various modes of travel has come to the forefront of design. As a result every bib in this test is made from 3-layer breathable materials and features some form of leg zip for temperature control.

Best Use
In terms of supreme versatility, in addition to breathable materials and leg zips, the Mammut Alvier and Outdoor Research Skyward bibs go a step further by featuring a fully removable bib/suspenders, allowing them to effectively be transformed into ski pants. This provides a nice level of versatility for adjusting to the weather and conditions users expect to face. In contrast, the Stio Environ, Patagonia Powslayer, and Arc’teryx Stinger utilize a traditional built-in bib design, while still featuring leg zips and breathable materials.

As far as materials and storm protection goes, it’s hard to look any further than the Patagonia Powslayer and Arc’teryx Stinger Bib, as they are both constructed from 3-layer GORE-TEX Pro Shell. Though they lack a removable bib, they’re among the lightest bibs in the test as well as the most durable. For uncompromised deep snow performance and longevity while also being a decent option for colder spring touring days, these two are the best in this test.

With regards to uncompromised warmth, the Stio Environ Bib takes the cake, as it features the thickest and warmest material of the bunch. Durability and material thickness go hand in hand, and the Environ is a solid, traditional bib option for cold days out on the hill. It also breathes well compared to bibs of the past and features full-length leg zips too.

Overall the Patagonia Powslayer Bib wins best in class because it nails performance in all of the above categories. It’s constructed using the highest quality materials and it is lightweight, warm, breathable, durable, and fits a standard frame perfectly. Also, Patagonia worked with Gore-Tex to be the first to pair a recycled nylon face fabric with Gore's Pro Shell.

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our insulated ski jacket testfixed lens goggle tests, and other skiing reviews.

 

Patagonia PowSlayer Bib Review

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Patagonia PowSlayer Bib Review

The Patagonia PowSlayer Bib is ideal for deep inbound powder days and touring on cold days in the backcountry.

Stio Environ Bib Review

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Stio Environ Bib Review

The Stio Environ bib is a durable inbounds, back- and side-country freeride bib for colder days in the resort and backcountry. It’s also versatile enough for touring on colder spring days or when the weather is variable.

Arc’teryx Stinger Bib Review

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Arc’teryx Stinger Bib Review

Good for the backcountry and hard-charging inbounds days, the Arc’teryx Stinger bib takes a minimalist slant.

Outdoor Research Skyward Bib Review

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Outdoor Research Skyward Bib Review

The Skyward bib by Outdoor Research is a versatile, breathable ski bib option.

Mammut Alvier HS Bib Review

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Mammut Alvier HS Bib Review

 The versatile Mammut Alvier HS works on cold powder days as well as on spring touring days.

About the Author

Ben Conners

Ben Conners

Climber, hiker, skier, and author Ben Conners has been exploring the Rocky Mountains since he was a kid. Growing up in the Vail Valley, Ben spent his winters carving turns and summers backpacking in the Gore Range and Holy Cross Wilderness. He now lives with his wife in south-Denver.

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