Arc’teryx Stinger Bib Review
- Drop-seat configuration for easy access
- Simple to use
- Less storage than counterparts
- No belt loops
The Arc’teryx Stinger bib is lightweight and versatile with excellent construction, articulation, and functionality. No back pocket and a lack of belt loops lend to a minimalist feel compared to other bibs in this test.
The Stinger bib was constructed using some of the highest quality materials out there. N80p-X GORE-TEX Pro Shell breathes and protects from the elements as well as any fabric on the market. Cordura powder cuffs protect the inside of the pant legs from abrasions.
Comfort was not an issue at all with the Stinger bib. The gusseted crotch and articulated knees provide excellent ergonomics, and the relaxed feel provides plenty of freedom for movement.
Like we saw with the Patagonia PowSlayer, the combination of superior breathability, weather protection, and half-length leg zips in the Stinger bib lends to comfort in a wide range of temperatures.
The Stinger bib boasts less storage options than its counterparts and lacks belt loops. It does however feature a drop-seat zipper configuration and concealed RECCO reflector. The suspenders are slightly trickier to adjust than other bibs in this test.
The Stinger bib’s “expedition fit” is somewhat of a baggy feel for Arc’teryx, but does allow for good freedom of movement and room for ample layering underneath.
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.
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.
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