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.
Materials 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 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.
Temperature Control 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.
Features/Functionality 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.
Fit 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.
Skier, runner, and author Ben Conners has been exploring the Rockies since he was a kid. Growing up in the Vail Valley, Ben spent his winters carving turns and summers backpacking in the Holy Cross Wilderness. Ben authored a guidebook on ski mountaineering Colorado’s high peaks and lives with his wife in south-Denver.