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Mammut Alvier HS Bib Review

- published July 2017

86

2017

RATINGS

Materials
7
Comfort
8
Temp Control
8
Features/Functionality
7
Fit
6
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
86

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$500.00
N/A
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THE GOOD

  • Fully removable bib and suspenders
  • ¾ length leg zips
  • Avalanche beacon compatible pocket

THE BAD

  • Pockets are shallow
  • Thin materials

THE VERDICT

Compared to the other bibs in this test, the Alvier HS is the most versatile in all temperatures and conditions. Shredding cold powder all weekend in February then converting the bib into pants for a March day of touring under the sun is all within the realm of possibility. The thin material is susceptible to ripping and snags however.

FULL REVIEW

Materials
The Alvier HS features 3-layer GORE-TEX fabric with C-KNIT backer and Dyneema edge reinforcement. After several days of testing, a tree branch succeeded in tearing a small hole in the pant leg, which can be attributed to the thin material.

Comfort
A more athletic, perhaps tighter fit can be expected with the Alvier HS over other bibs in this test. They are comfortable and offer a good range of motion.

Temperature Control
With highly breathable fabric, removable bibs, and 3/4 length leg zips, the Alvier HS is designed to tackle a wide range of temperatures. This bib excels in anything but the absolute coldest day of the ski season.

Features/Functionality
In addition to the removable bib and ¾ length zips which are the Alvier’s main selling points, this model also feature a Barryvox beacon pocket and cuff buttons for adjustability while using crampons. The bib also has belt loops and Velcro adjustments inside the waistline for additional support if needed.

Fit
The Alvier HS maintains a more snug, athletic fit than the other bibs in this test, which makes them ideal for climbing in crampons. The leg length and waist are true to size but bulky layering underneath may be problematic.

How We Tested It

Tests for these ski bibs were 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.

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

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

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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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$500.00
N/A
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Materials
7
Comfort
8
Temp Control
8
Features/Functionality
7
Fit
6
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
86

Weight

22 oz

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