The Best Ski Bibs

This year’s ski bib testing was 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.

 

Review Year
Best in Class
Overall Rating
Price
Name Overall Rating Ratings The Good The Bad Price
Patagonia PowSlayer Bib
91
Best in Class
2017
Materials 9
Comfort 8
Temp Control 7
Features/Functionality 8
Fit 9

Lightweight

Drop-seat configuration

High quality materials

Loud

Expensive

MSRP
$599.00
BEST DEAL
Stio Environ Bib
89
Materials 8
Comfort 7
Temp Control 9
Features/Functionality 7
Fit 8

Full length leg zips

Drop seat configuration

Durable

On the heavier side

Only 3 pockets

MSRP
$445.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Arc’teryx Stinger Bib
88
Materials 9
Comfort 8
Temp Control 7
Features/Functionality 7
Fit 7

Lightweight

Drop-seat configuration for easy access

Simple to use

Less storage than counterparts

No belt loops

MSRP
$500.00
BEST DEAL
Outdoor Research Skyward Bib
87
Materials 7
Comfort 8
Temp Control 8
Features/Functionality 8
Fit 6

Fully removable bib & suspenders

Dedicated avy beacon pocket with clip

Highly breathable

Heavy

Only comes in black

MSRP
$299.00
BEST DEAL
Mammut Alvier HS Bib
86
Materials 6
Comfort 7
Temp Control 8
Features/Functionality 8
Fit 7

Fully removable bib and suspenders

¾ length leg zips

Avalanche beacon compatible pocket

Pockets are shallow

Thin materials

MSRP
$500.00
BEST DEAL
N/A

Ski Bibs Review Results

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Trends

With backcountry skiing exploding in popularity, a demand for versatility in clothing and gear items is an important consideration for manufacturers. Heavy, one-dimensional outerwear that only excels on the downhill is slowly becoming a relic of the past. The realm of ski bibs is no different, and as a result lightweight, breathable materials are being used to construct bibs, with versatility in various conditions and across various modes of travel has come to the forefront of design. As a result every bib in this test is made from 3-layer breathable materials and features some form of leg zip for temperature control.

Best Use

In terms of supreme versatility, in addition to breathable materials and leg zips, the Mammut Alvier and Outdoor Research Skyward bibs go a step further by featuring a fully removable bib/suspenders, allowing them to effectively be transformed into ski pants. This provides a nice level of versatility for adjusting to the weather and conditions users expect to face. In contrast, the Stio Environ, Patagonia Powslayer, and Arc’teryx Stinger utilize a traditional built-in bib design, while still featuring leg zips and breathable materials.

As far as materials and storm protection goes, it’s hard to look any further than the Patagonia Powslayer and Arc’teryx Stinger Bib, as they are both constructed from 3-layer GORE-TEX Pro Shell. Though they lack a removable bib, they’re among the lightest bibs in the test as well as the most durable. For uncompromised deep snow performance and longevity while also being a decent option for colder spring touring days, these two are the best in this test.

With regards to uncompromised warmth, the Stio Environ Bib takes the cake, as it features the thickest and warmest material of the bunch. Durability and material thickness go hand in hand, and the Environ is a solid, traditional bib option for cold days out on the hill. It also breathes well compared to bibs of the past and features full-length leg zips too.

Overall the Patagonia Powslayer Bib wins best in class because it nails performance in all of the above categories. It’s constructed using the highest quality materials and it is lightweight, warm, breathable, durable, and fits a standard frame perfectly. Also, Patagonia worked with Gore-Tex to be the first to pair a recycled nylon face fabric with Gore’s Pro Shell.