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Stio Environ Bib Review

- published July 2017

89

2017

RATINGS

Materials
8
Comfort
7
Temp Control
9
Features/Functionality
7
Fit
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
89

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$445.00
N/A
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THE GOOD

  • Full length leg zips
  • Drop seat configuration
  • Durable

THE BAD

  • On the heavier side
  • Only 3 pockets

THE VERDICT

The Stio Environ pant will withstand harsh temps and winds on cold powder days up high, with good enough temperature control to hike to those back- and side-country stashes when the sun comes out.

FULL REVIEW

Materials
The Stio Environ bibs are constructed from Stio’s Dermizax polyester and tricot backer, with YKK storm sealed zippers to stand up to the harshest conditions Mother Nature has to offer. 

Comfort
The Environ bibs aren’t the least comfortable bib in this test, nor are they the most. The bibs articulate well and feature an elastic back panel at the waist which stretches to fit the user. Being thick, the material feels stiff compared to other bibs we tried.

Temperature Control
Being the only bib in this test with full-length leg zips from hip to ankle, the Stio Environ is easy to air out when things start to warm up. However the material is thick, durable, and performs great in cold weather conditions. On warm spring days this bib might be overkill, unless the side zips are fully opened for the entire tour, but then again who tours in bibs on warm spring days anyway?

Features/Functionality
Along with the full-length leg zips comes a dropseat configuration. Storage is somewhat minimal with the Environ bib compared to its counterparts as it only features 3 pockets (2 side and one front). The suspenders are lightweight and easy to adjust, and the fly features a double slider zipper for easy access.

Fit
The Environ bib fits true to size and runs on the relaxed side, making layering underneath easy and providing freedom of movement.

 

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
$445.00
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
8
Comfort
7
Temp Control
9
Features/Functionality
7
Fit
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
89

Weight

17 oz

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