Patagonia Women’s Powslayer Bibs ReviewMay 30, 2015
- Articulated construction
- Comfortable with a backpack
- Bomber zippers
- Bibs bunch when sitting or bending
- Butt is a little saggy
- Suspenders are not removable
The Powslayer bibs are a modern-take on high-waisted pants with suspenders. They were clearly designed by female Patagonia athletes with features like woman-friendly suspenders that fit close to the arms and a drop seat. The Powslayer is easy to vent while skinning and roomy enough to layer underneath for cold powder days.
Quality of materials
The bibs are made with 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric, which is lightweight, waterproof, breathable durable and windproof. The outer fabric also has a DWR finish to shed water. These bibs are made with some of the best stormproof fabric available.
The suspenders (made of shell material, elastic and Velcro) do offer a kind of whole-body fit and are adjustable with Velcro. The thoughtful, articulated construction is comfortable to move in and the shell fabric has a smooth hand feel. The suspenders are not removable and there is no microfleece lining in the pockets as they are built into the interior lining. This is a function featured pant so don’t expect cushy comforts—it’s more about movement, weather protection and temperature regulation.
These pants don’t have any insulation built in but there is room to layer underneath to adjust to cooler weather. For warmer days the venting on the upper half of the leg works well.
These are incredible pants for a hut trip or powder day thanks to excellent venting, complete coverage and articulated seams for mobility. Suspenders are not removable so you have to like to wear them all the time. Details are well thought out like burly side zips, lots of accessible pockets (5) plus scuff guards and gaiters. The side zips can zip down on both sides to mid-thigh for drop-seat capability so you can pee with out removing the suspenders. Of all the pants I tested, these are most comfortable with a backpack, especially around the waist.
Powslayer bibs run a little on the big and tall side. Know that they are designed to move and to keep precip out. The suspenders are not removable but run closer to the arms (not over boobs as men’s suspenders do). A note about fit: I wear women’s size M or 8 pants and have “child-bearing hips” and fairly long legs. Fit is highly personal and subjective—and extremely important with pants. It’s challenging to find ski pants that fit well in the butt (many are either too tight or saggy). I have tried to describe the fit to the best of my ability.
$600 for a pair of ski pants? Know, however, that you are getting a pair of completely durable, stormproof women’s pants, designed by female athletes for the female body.