Wednesday, December 7, 2016

SNOWBIBS. They're baaack! Dakine, L. L. Bean, Trew Gear

Growing up-snow bibs were standard for powdery snowbound skiers-snowboarders. And maybe there isn't so much of the deep blissful powder these days-but one piece protection is def back...with newer each fabrics and features-that will make any back country sort-and wipe-out frequenters-very happy (and dry).


DAKINE Prospect Gore-Tex 3L Bib -Men's $420 and Women's version Beretta Gore-Rex 3L Bib which is oddly $0 bucks more at  $450-both built with YKK Aquaguard water tough zippers, articulated knees and stretch back panel for movers. Plenty of adjustable straps including heavy oxford reinforced hems for perfect fit. Boot gaiters, mesh lined inner knees (helps with that sweat zone) and chest front shelf pocket for media storage that is actually roomy. Women' version has drop seat construction too. Both come in black also. 
Front pocket-opens up =pretty roomy like a kangaroo pocket almost- with mesh divider thing hold stuff in place

Olympic Gold Medal winner-World Cup Champ Seth Wescott continues the great collab with L.L.Bean -in a top of the line tech 'uniform' for both amateur an pros skiing the back country. Serious cold weather protection-including the Gore-Tex Patroller Bib Pant-laminated with waterproof/breathable Gore-Tex-with a knit backer to whisk away moisture built up from exertion. Bib is stretchy/breathable soft shell, the top removes (!), adjustable suspenders, outer+inner leg vents, interior waist adjustment tabs, jacket to pant connect system keeps snow out (pair with pictured Patroller Jacket), tapes at zippers...keeps contents dry,  articulated knees and pockets with zip and magnetic closures-nice touch. Scuff guard deters abrasion. Bib-here is in Aztec Gold. $449
L.L.Bean's-Gore-Tex Patroller Bib Pant in Nautical Navy

B to C-TREW Gear has two styles of weather tough bibs-including a handy (IMO) ¾ Roam (W+M $419) as well as fuller style-pictured above-best selling modern freestyle cut... Trewth (M $399-Work Khaki) / Chariot (W/$399). All use Euro fav - reinforced Dermizax NX waterproof/breathable storm tough membrane. The ROAM-has 40 D 3L Dermizax NX-body and 80D 3L Dermizax NX on knee, and  side vents with YKK AquaGuard zippers. Other features of Roam-breathable stretch woven upper, stretchy abrasion resistant kick patch, extra height for crampon protection (shred protection), adjustable suspender straps w/ adjustable slip-lock, 3 zipper sliders allow for adjustable opening-left side goes from top opening-knee, right side goes from waist bottom to knee, Bemis 3L seam tape on seam, pockets-including cargo on left thigh+right hand (designed for Beacon-clip for it secured by webbing and bartack above the pocket), left side horizontal zip, vertical stash on right thigh, internal boot gaiters, RECCO reflector, easy grab polyester cord w/ rubber tips zipper pulls, power mesh sleeve with zigzag stitch as well as cross joints reinforced w/ laser-cut seam tape circle-durable+lightweight. Cut-slimmer waist-knee-and def made for movers-w/ super articular design-including articulated knees mahkesclimbing easier. Multiple color options.