Outdoor Research Skyward Bib Review
- Fully removable bib & suspenders
- Dedicated avy beacon pocket with clip
- Highly breathable
- Only comes in black
Like the other bibs in this test, the Outdoor Research Skyward bib strives for versatility in both cold winter conditions and balmy spring days in the backcountry. They just about hit the nail on the head in every category, although they do run heavy compared to their counterparts.
The Skyward bib is constructed from OR’s highly breathable 3-layer AscentShell fabric, and features YKK AquaGuard zippers. Due to the weight of the materials, this is the heaviest bib in this test.
These bibs are among the most comfortable in this test, featuring quiet, stretchy, and soft fabrics with articulated knees.
OR’s AscentShell fabric breathes surprisingly well, and with half-length zips and removable bib and suspenders, the Skyward bibs are great for warmer days out while still holding their own in colder conditions.
A dedicated avy beacon pocket adds flare to the already ample storage options in the Skyward bibs. Velcro waist adjustments help dial in the fit and the internal gaiters feature ski boot power strap slots for easy access.
The Skyward bib tends to run a tad small, so those hovering in between sizes should consider sizing up.
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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