For a good pair of bibs, look for breathability on the torso, articulation throughout, and adequate venting.
BURTON AK Tusk Hi-top Pant $650
Made with a stretchy woven upper panel for maximum breathability, a relaxed fit, and Kevlar-blended cut-resistant kick panels, the AK Tusk Hi-top Pant (actually a bib) is a top-shelf shell for storm days. With threelayer Gore-tex in a solution-dyed 70-denier pro shell plain weave, the Tusk is waterproof, breathable, and durable. “Nice feel, nice fabric, easily adjustable, and well vented,” summed up Erme Catino. “Fit is amazing.” Burton is also known for having a wide range of sizes to accomodate more people.
PATAGONIA Powder Bowl Pant $299
Though the Powder Bowl has been a Patagonia staple, it gets a significant upgrade for 2019 with a new fabric and style. Illustrating Patagonia’s commitment to be socially and environmentally conscious, the pant (and jacket) is now made from 100 percent recycled Gore-tex face fabric, and still provides all the weather protection and durability one needs out on the hill. Given the soft, quiet texture of the pant, you’d never know that it was made out of plastic bottles. “Typical recycled materials feel brittle and sound crunchy, so this is a big deal,” says Renobased skier Julie Brown. “Patagonia played with the denier to make this happen and the synthetic insulation is just enough to make these pants feel like a cloud.”
QUIKSILVER Altostratus Bib $350
The new Altostratus Bib is as comfortable as it is stylish. Simply unzip the taped-seam outer thigh zip for ventilation on warm days, and enjoy the comforts of an adjustable bib and reinforced cuffs on the way down. While these bibs are most at home inbounds, the two-layer shell includes a transceiver-specific pocket on the chest of the bib, and a jacket-to-pant attachment system for deep days. Intended for resort shredding, the Altostratus is a lightweight choice for those looking for a stylish bib that can excel in multiple mountain environments.
THE NORTH FACE Ceptor Bib $299
Looking for a stylish, affordable, and versatile bib? The North Face nailed the fit and function with the three-layer Ceptor Bib, which features large thigh cargo pockets and a breathable soft-shell fabric above the waist. Although baggier, the Ceptor can be cinched at the waist by an integrated belt. The POSSE also noted the adjustable bib straps fit well due to a higher chest rise. While some skiers wished for more ventilation beyond the interior thigh vents, the reinforced knee feature, large hip pockets, and comfort carried the day.