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Does nobody wear bibs anymore ?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I went looking for a new set of bibs this weekend and couldn't find any anywhear - (Paragon and Priceton in NYC). there were several pants with attatched suspenders/braces but no proper bibs - the ones that come up to your chest. I've only ever skiid with bibs and like that it adds an extra layer of warmth and helps to block out wind and snow.

Do most people just wear pants nowardays ?

If so , do you ever get problems with wind / snow or do you always fasten your powder skirt -?I have a powder skirt but have never felt the need to use it.

I can get another cheap set of bibs from my local upstate ski shop but they're not very breathable and are made of pretty soft fabric. I had an "incident" with my ski edges that left a huge gash in my current pair (and my leg). I was hoping for a set made something that offers a token of resistence to edges.
post #2 of 17
EMS sells them. TNF, Mountain Hardwear, Patagonia, and others all make them. Shop online (sierratradingpost.com, rei.com, mgear.com, campmore.com, ebay.com, ems.com)
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
I know I can get them online but I prefer to see (and try on) clothing before I buy. Having said that there's an EMS store in NYC so I'll check them out
- Thanks.
post #4 of 17
Campmor is in North Jersey on Rt 17, so that might be worth the drive for you.
post #5 of 17
They have them at the place that sells the bandana print nylon powder shirts:-)

Sorry couldn't resist. I actually liked bibs. They just aren't very popular any more. I also liked bandana-print nylon powder shirts. Not sure why. They weren't very practical and would only work with something very high-waisted, like bibs, as you tucked them in like a dress shirt. They've really gone the way of the buffulo. I think the last one I bought was in 1982 and it was in the bottom of a close-out bin.
post #6 of 17
I love bibs, in style or not. Superior technical clothing to pants, IMO. I'm definitely in the market for some inexpensive wp/b bibs.. let me know if you find some in men's medium
post #7 of 17
I like bibs a lot, got my last pair from REI for $45. But in less than two seasons, the lining started tearing away at the seam. Even so, I'll buy another pair, the combination of coverage and insulation can't be beat.
post #8 of 17
I still use my '92 Marmot Mtn Bibs regularly when there's snow on the ground. I wore them daily for 2 years when I lived in Vail and wore them as my everyday bottom until this year when I bought a pair of Descent DNA pants. Besides some fraying of the balistic nylon ankle cuffs, they're as good as new. I paid around $250 for them in '92 but reckon they cost around $400 these days. Worth every penny in my opinion and sturdy enough to take to the top of Everest.
No need for a powder skirt in your jacket with these bibs.
post #9 of 17
Arc' Teryx makes excellent 1/2 bibs, Theta's. My favorite pants.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by ElkMountainSkier
I like bibs a lot, got my last pair from REI for $45. But in less than two seasons, the lining started tearing away at the seam. Even so, I'll buy another pair, the combination of coverage and insulation can't be beat.
Take em back. They'll replace or repair them for free.
post #11 of 17
I only wear bibs when i eat lobster. Darm messy.
post #12 of 17

Bibs - not for me

As an avid wearer of bibs for the greater part of my thirty-something years, I have switched to ski pants and have never been happier for it. Ski bibs were so damn hard to use in the bathroom and I never liked that "snug around my chest" feeling. Plus ski bibs were usually constructed from that shiny "swoosh swoosh" nylon and have insulation. And bibs didn't seem to move that well with me. All big negatives in my book.

I switched to shell pants (no insulation) with suspenders and now think that is the best way to go. My pants are a little higher up in back so snow doesn't go down them. The fit is a tad loose but the movement is so much better than the bibs I used to wear. And when nature comes calling, it's not a nightmare to get myself unbundled to sit down on the toilet (pant suspenders are not as hard to deal with as bib suspenders). Plus I feel so much more comfortable wearing pants.

Just my 2 cents worth...

Thx...Doug
post #13 of 17
I use bibs ... you can buy some ugly Head bibs at Sports Authority for like $19 right now. I bought some of these cheap Head half-bibs and used a wash-in waterproofing agent from a ski shop to increase their performance, and I have to say they were terrific. Cost me $28 total. The old outerwear maker Slalom also sells good bibs dirt cheap, and if you dress them with wash-in waterproof/breathable agent such as Nikwax, you're going to have a really useful garment.
post #14 of 17
Just as a note, Nikwax is basically Scotch Guard and is a surface water repellant. Many people think that it "re-waterproofs" Gore-Tex type gear or "waterproofs" nylon. It does not. If you sit on snow the water will come right through, Nikwax or no.

What Nikwax (technically a DWR - Durable Water Repellent) does is make water bead up and roll off the surface of the fabric, helping prevent it from "wetting out" and reducing breathability.

The waterproof part of waterproof/breathable gear is just below the outside surface, in the Gore-Tex or System III or Elements or Hy-Vent or Precip or Membrain or whatever layer. These are most typically very thin layers of polymer laminated to the inside surface of the nylon, which can then be protected with an inner mesh, another layer of nylon sandwiched to it, etc etc.
post #15 of 17
If you want bibs look at mountaineering suppliers. A lot of high altitude climbers like them, and Marmot, Arcteryx, TNF, etc make them, but they are expensive.
post #16 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by jonnythan
Just as a note, Nikwax is basically Scotch Guard and is a surface water repellant. Many people think that it "re-waterproofs" Gore-Tex type gear or "waterproofs" nylon. It does not. If you sit on snow the water will come right through, Nikwax or no. ...
The treatment I personally used on my Head bibs was from Blue Magic, their "Tectron" wash-in. The bibs stayed perfectly dry on wet skiing day and their breathability was not affected. I was surprised, honestly. But this is the Wal-mart option, anyway. When I win the Lotto, I'm getting these monsters: http://www.thenorthface.com/opencms/...?productId=117

You gotta love the "Half Moon Bay" drop down seat!
post #17 of 17
If you want to brand yourself as a gorby/tourista/kook/turkey/geek, (pick one) prance around town in ski boots and bibs. Make sure you go to the liquor store.
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