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Pant / Bib Features to Consider
  • Pants - In general pants are less warm than bibs and offer greater opportunity for snow infiltration into your layering system but were they're lacking in warmth they dramatically gain in mobility and flexibility. They also make bathroom visits easier.
    • Cuffs - Need to be elastic and snug fitting but also fit over your boots.
    • Insulated - These are warmer, bulkier, and offer less mobility than uninsulated pants. However the extra padding can be nice in a fall.
    • Material Type- There are many different types of materials pants are made from and they are not all created equal. The quality of materials and the construction methods used will generally determine the price of pants.
      • Is the material truly waterproof like Gor-Tex.
      • Does the material breathe? (i.e. let sweat vapor out, but not water in) like Gor-Tex.
      • Is it made from a strong tightly woven rip-stop fabric like Cordura, or at least have strategically placed patches of this material on the pant cuffs and bottom(etc.)?
    • Material Texture- A smooth finish will shed water and snow the best, but you may prefer a rough material to help slow down the slide after a fall on steep terrain.
    • Pockets - Are not a necessity in pants and often can result in lost items.
    • Reinforcing - It's important that the wear areas such as the bottom, knees, and lower inner cuffs, be reinforced with a patch of tough material like Cordura this will dramatically increase the life of the garment.
    • Uninsulated - These are lighter, more versatile, and more mobile than insulated pants. If you are too warm or too cold, one can always add or remove a fleece undergarment very easy.
    • Zippers - Pants with a full length zippers and Velcro flaps offer you the most flexibility. It's easier and faster to put your pants on after your boots and vise versa, especially if you forget to put them on in the first place. If opting for a short cuff zipper you should make sure you can pull the pants on over your boots easily, and that the cuff is ample to fully zip down over boots snugly.
  • Bibs - In general bibs are warmer (often too warm) than pants and offer less opportunity for snow infiltration into your layering system, but come with increased bulkiness (padding in a crash situation) and decreased mobility. They also can make bathroom visits more difficult.
    • Cuffs - Need to be elastic and snug fitting but also fit over your boots.
    • Insulation - Not all insulation is created equal. Thinsulate is one of the best, it's thin and warm.
      • Most bibs are insulated.
      • Insulation makes your garment warmer (often too warm for conditions), bulkier, and offers less mobility than uninsulated pants. However the extra padding can be nice in a fall.
    • Material Type- There are many different types of materials bibs are made from and they are not all created equal. The quality of materials and the construction methods used will generally determine the price of bibs.
      • Is the material truly waterproof like Gor-Tex.
      • Does the material breathe? (i.e. let sweat vapor out, but not water in) like Gor-Tex.
      • Is it made from a strong tightly woven rip-stop fabric like Cordura, or at least have strategically placed patches of this material on the pant cuffs and bottom(etc.)?
    • Material Texture- A smooth finish will shed water and snow the best, but you may prefer a rough material to help slow down the slide after a fall on steep terrain.
    • Pockets - Chest pockets with secure zipper and Velcro flap on bibs can be a good place to store those important items such as car key and or wallet that won't be needed much during the day. Hip or back pockets can result in lost items and are not recommended.
    • Reinforcing - It's important that the wear areas such as the behind, knees, and lower inner cuffs, be reinforced with a patch of tough wear resistant material like Cordura, this will dramatically increase the life of the garment.
    • Shoulder Straps - These need to be adjustable and should have quick releases on them, it can make bathroom visits easier and faster. An elastic portion in the straps can increase comfort and mobility.
    • Zippers - Bibs with a full length leg zippers and Velcro flaps offer you the most flexibility. It's easier and faster to put your bibs on after your boots and vise versa, especially if you forget to put them on in the first place. If opting for a short cuff zipper you should make sure you can pull the pants on over your boots easily, and that the cuff is ample to fully zip down over boots snugly.

Also See:
Features to consider in a jacket
Gor-Tex the wonder material

Essentials By Type - By Name Brand
Video's: Learn to Ski & Snowboard, Greg Stump Movies, Matchstick Productions, Teton Gravity Research Movies, Warren Miller Movies, Misc Ski & Snowboard
Bags, Packs, & Totes: Back Packs, Boot Bags, Ski Bags, Snowboard bags, Travel Totes
Base-Layer: Pant & Shirts, Socks
Mid-Layers: Fleece, Sweaters, Turtlenecks
Outer-Layer: Jackets, Pant/Bibs, Face & Neck, Gloves, Goggles, Hats-Headbands-Earmuffs, Helmets
Equipment: Alpine Skis, Nordic Skis, Telemark Skis, Snowboards, Snowshoes
Miscellaneous: Avalanche gear, Gaitors, Guide Watches, CamelBak Hydration Systems, Locks, Pass Holders, Sleds & Snowtubes, Tools

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