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I'm looking for ski pants or a bib.    What is your favorite under $100 solution? 

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I'm looking for ski pants or a bib.    What is your favorite under $100 solution? 

I was a pants guy. Now dedicated bib wearer. I have one each from Arc Teryx and Cloudveil and a new pair this year from North Face. I find them more comfortable because they preserve you modesty with shoulder straps rather than waist tension. Added warmth from the core coverage as well. To get snow down your bib you really have to work at it. There are more pocket options as well. 

As for your price range, you might get one pant leg, one shoulder strap and a zipper and/or Velcro patch for $100, if made with the newest Gortex Pro fabrics. I would suggest looking on Ebay for a pair of used Cloudveil bibs which might come in at that price point, and are an excellent product. Best of luck.

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Marker makes a decent pair of ski pants that go for about $80. 

 

Bib or pants is a personal choice; I like the pants.

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I am wondering the same thing. I've always worn bibs because they are comfortable and you never get snow inside them. However I see WAY more pants being offered than bibs these days, so I'm wondering why bibs have become less popular. 

 

I just ordered a pair of pants, but I'm still not sold (pants aren't here yet)...

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I am wondering the same thing. I've always worn bibs because they are comfortable and you never get snow inside them. However I see WAY more pants being offered than bibs these days, so I'm wondering why bibs have become less popular. 

 

I just ordered a pair of pants, but I'm still not sold (pants aren't here yet)...


I think it mostly has to do with fashion and possibly the new trend of building jackets that integrate with the pants which allows them to try and sell both.

 

That being said I have never had an issue with snow down my pants. Up my jacket lots of times but I can't think of a single time of snow down the pants. I wear a belt with my pants which provides a very adequate "seal" 

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For someone like myself who has a couple of extra lbs around their midsection, bibs are not that comfortable.  And they can be too warm if you tend to run hot and are a nightmare if you have to use the restroom.  I have a Patagonia jacket and pants that are integrated (the jacket attaches to the pants) and the jacket has a powder skirt.  I've found this system works very well in keeping the snow out.

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I prefer bibs, but would rather spend more and keep them longer.  My current pair of Spyder Coaches bibs are more than 10 years old and aside from a small cut you would never know it.

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I prefer bibs, but would rather spend more and keep them longer.  My current pair of Spyder Coaches bibs are more than 10 years old and aside from a small cut you would never know it.

 

I was just in this quandary over the weekend - sadly the under-$150 new pants were lighter, warmer and quieter than my 10+year old $300+ mountaineering bib (that thing is still way water and wind proof tho.)

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I was just in this quandary over the weekend - sadly the under-$150 new pants were lighter, warmer and quieter than my 10+year old $300+ mountaineering bib (that thing is still way water and wind proof tho.)


Depends on the pants, my old spyders are 100 gram thinsulate so if anything they can be too warm.  The new version of them is only 60 gram and seemed pretty crappy, which is too bad.

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I was just in this quandary over the weekend - sadly the under-$150 new pants were lighter, warmer and quieter than my 10+year old $300+ mountaineering bib (that thing is still way water and wind proof tho.)


Depends on the pants, my old spyders are 100 gram thinsulate so if anything they can be too warm.  The new version of them is only 60 gram and seemed pretty crappy, which is too bad.

 

Oh, these are Moonstones from when it was a real credible brand, no insulation whatsoever but premium 3-Gore with top notch hip and knee articulation + works with every harness I've ever had, absolutely excellent pocket design, crampon pads that work, seams that are still tight...   

 

It was  a noticeable shock to figure out  how  heavy, loud, and conductive-type-cold they were in comparison to a modern store-brand pant (also uninsulated), yikes.

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Thanks for the input everyone.   I'm going to the store and trying on some flavors.    

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