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Outdoor Research Skyward Bib Review

- published July 2017

87

2017

RATINGS

Materials
6
Comfort
8
Temp Control
8
Features/Functionality
8
Fit
7
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
87

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$299.00
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THE GOOD

  • Fully removable bib & suspenders
  • Dedicated avy beacon pocket with clip
  • Highly breathable

THE BAD

  • Heavy
  • Only comes in black

THE VERDICT

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.

FULL REVIEW

Materials
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.

Comfort
These bibs are among the most comfortable in this test, featuring quiet, stretchy, and soft fabrics with articulated knees.

Temperature Control
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.

Features/Functionality
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. 

Fit
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.

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
$299.00
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
6
Comfort
8
Temp Control
8
Features/Functionality
8
Fit
7
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
87

Weight

28.9 oz

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