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The 6 Best Women's Ski Bibs of 2020-2021

There are ski pants, and then there are ski bibs. Bibs are kind of like the holy grail when it comes to snow pants. They offer ultimate protection, loads of extra storage, boast suspenders (major style points), and, most importantly, they can’t fall down.

If you’re riding hard, that means you’re crashing hard. And a yard sale is asking for the snow to soak your base layers, making for a not-so-fun day of riding, or an unwarranted lodge break. Boo. With bibs, snow down your pants is a distant nightmare from back in the day when you thought bibs were the kind of thing your mom put you in to make snow angels. Plus, not all of us were graced with bodies that fit perfectly into a pair of technical snow pants. And who wants to wear a belt when they’re concerned about arcing the perfect turn? Absolutely no one.

Now that we have your attention, may we invite you to step up your snow pants game with the best women’s ski bibs of 2020-21. We’ve put together a line-up of bibs that can put in the work all season, no matter what kind of rider you are. Looking for bibs that can hang on steep drops and sketchy ascents? Or bibs that are made to play well in the park? How about something with color that pops for those Instagram deep pow shots? We’ve got you covered. No matter what kind of rider you are, there is a bib for you below. And don’t worry ladies, quick tree pees are still an option with some of these styles, but only if you’re into that kind of thing.


Trew Gear Chariot Bibs

The best women's ski bibs of 2020-2021
 

The best part about the Chariot Bib is its butt flap. You read that right, butt flap, referred to by the Trew Gear staff as the ever-popular drop-seat. One of the biggest deterrents from buying women's ski bibs is that awkward moment when you have to take all of your gear off just to take a quick leak. And if you’re out there lapping hard, ain’t nobody got time for that. The Chariot eliminates your bathroom woes with its drop-seat zipper, designed for quicker breaks and easy in and out for that moment when nature calls. You’ll spend less time stripping your gear, and more time focused on what you came for, shredding.

In addition to the iconic drop-seat, Trew Gear’s Chariot Bibs boast 20k waterproofing and breathability, fully taped construction, water-resistant zippers on all exposed opens, and reinforcement at “critical junctions”, aka zero risk of rips or tears that lets snow in areas where the sun don’t shine. For backcountry freeriders, the Chariot Bib comes with an above-the-waist avalanche beacon dedicated pocket, keeping your safety gear nice and secure. A RECCO reflector makes you easier to find in case of an emergency. Zip thigh pockets, flap thigh cargo pockets, and a couple of chest pockets offer plenty of space to carry your necessities and then some. Perfect for spring days or sweaty tours when you decide to ditch the jacket.

Even if you’re not a backcountry enthusiast, who wouldn’t enjoy a little extra storage and freedom to take easy bathroom breaks?

WaterproofingFit Original Price
PNW 3L 20K/20KStandard Fit$439

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Patagonia Snowdrifter Bibs

The best women's ski bibs of 2020-2021
 

Introducing Patagonia’s newest snow line, the Snowdrifter. At the center of all the action is the Snowdrifter Bib, an incredibly weather-resistant, stretch bib designed for any extreme you could come across in the 2020-21 season. The top half of the bib consists of a lightweight, breathable, four-way stretch fabric that keeps your torso cool during extreme exertion and allows for layering if you’re up for it. The lower half of the bib is consists of completely waterproof and windproof ripstop fabric, a part of Patagonia’s H2NO patented system. H2NO fabric has been tested against years of wear and tear, so you can ensure your gear is built to stand the test of time.

Not only did Patagonia design these bibs for hard chargers that want to push their limits, but they also designed this bib for those us with little patience for bathroom breaks. Their system starts near the suspenders at the back of the bib, and opens up along the side of your leg rather than falling directly over your bum. Welcome to what they refer to as “convenient relief”. If you need a little extra help shimmying out of your gear, the adjustable suspenders can be removed at your convenience.

Bonus, the Snowdrifter Bib is made up of 70% recycled fabric, perfect for the eco-friendly hard charger that wants a bib that has it all, both in the resort and the backcountry.

WaterproofingFit Original Price
3L H₂No®Regular Fit$349

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Flylow Foxy Bibs

The best women's ski bibs of 2020-2021
 

Flylow burst onto the scene back in 2005 when Greg Steen and Dan Abrams developed the backcountry pant they wish they had all their lives. They wanted a pant that could hang on the toughest of mountaineering routes but also keep their cool in the resort while standing the test of time. They wanted a pant that could do it all. Needless to say, they figured it out.

The Flylow Foxy Bibs are 10 out of 10 a cult favorite. What’s all the fuss about? They’re durable, boast 20k waterproofing, and 20k breathability, are coated with DWR (aka durable water repellent), and feature five pockets. The side zipper unzips all the way, so the pant can easily fold back when you’re looking to use the backcountry ladies’ room. They have a little extra room for layering during resort storm days, and thigh vents on the outside and inside help with heat regulation on those days when you’re working up a sweat on the skin track. There’s nothing these shells can’t do.

Just because they’re technical doesn’t mean they fall short in the style department. We would say the name “Foxy” does them justice. This isn’t the kind of pant you feel lost in, nor do they feel like you’re rocking spandex. They’re flattering, without sacrificing mobility or comfort. What one reviewer called a triple threat. We’d like to think our customers are triple threats too. On-piste, off-piste, or parking lot chilling during apres, your bibs should go where you go with ease. You have no limits, why should your bibs? See what fans are raving about. Trust us, you won’t regret it.

WaterproofingFit Original Price
3-Layer 20K/20KRegular Fit$419.95

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Picture Organic Seattle Bibs

The best women's ski bibs of 2020-2021
 

We love Picture Organic for all that it stands for. They know the textile industry is responsible for approximately 8% of worldwide carbon emissions. Their mission? Wipe out the use of fossil fuels when manufacturing their products by using plant-sourced fabrics. Replacing synthetic with authentic. The moral of the story, this French brand is the go-to for riders that want a bib with the smallest carbon footprint possible.

Their Seattle Bibs are slopestyle killers built for park lappers and bluebird rippers. Their warmth index, breathability rating, and waterproofness meet you in the middle, so you’ll have just enough protection to keep you covered and comfy during days at the resort without getting too technical. A relaxed fit and a multitude of pockets are trendy and functional. Adjustable straps and a chest zipper create enough room up top for pulling on or pulling off your bibs with ease. Plus, 40g of thermal insulation keeps you warmer than a shell. At the end of a long-day, roll up your pants using the I-Fit system that keeps them out of the way of your boots while you’re loading up your ride. Tear your pant with a razor-sharp edge? No worries. Just send them to Picture Organic and they’ll repair the damage for you.

The Seattle Bibs are a great fit for women that don’t need all of the bells in whistles, but enough to shred hard with peace of mind that their bibs can play as hard as they do.

WaterproofingFit Original Price
DryPlay MembraneRegular Fit$219.99

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Arc’teryx Sentinel LT Bibs

The best women's ski bibs of 2020-2021
 

When we think of bibs, we often think of full-fledged overalls. But Arc’teryx’s Sentinel LT takes the “traditional” bib pant and flips it on its head. Their “low bib” model offers removable suspenders and a mid-rise fit that hits in the middle of your torso below the chest to guarantee a full range of motion for those of us that are packing more up top. A small zippered pocket is featured with a key clip and room for essentials only, eliminating the bulky pockets that can make slim shells and upper layers uncomfortable.

Just because Arc’teryx’s minimal design skimps on coverage, doesn’t mean it skimps on protection. This pant is designed to be put through the wringer, with 3-layers of GORE-TEX to keep you dry. Their signature TouringCuff was designed with uphill enthusiasts in mind, streamlining your system so your liner stays strapped down at the top of your boot while you mess around with your buckles. No snow will be getting in your boot on your snack break, that’s for sure.

All in all, these bibs provide the protection you need from deep pow and hard crashes, without the extra bulk. If pushing your limits in the backcountry is the name of your game, the minimalist Arc'teryx Sentinel LT Bib is the move for you.

WaterproofingFit Original Price
3L GORE-TEXTrim Fit$525

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Volcom Swift Bib Overalls

The best women's snowboard bibs of 2020-2021
 

Shooting for style points this winter? May we recommend the Volcom Swift Bib. These bibs trade in the pastel, pink, and purple, color palette often associated with women’s collections for bold prints and neutrals that pack a punch. From animal prints to traditional camo, the Swift Bibs are designed to play well with your inner tomboy. 15K waterproofing and fully taped seams also play well in deep pow. Pair it with a Volcom Snow jacket and utilize Volcom’s Zip Tech feature that allows you to zip the powder skirt of your jacket to your pant so you can guarantee that snow stays where it belongs – on the mountain.

When it comes to material, the Swift Bib is constructed with REPREVE recycled fibers and is ranked as an 8 out of 11 on Volcom’s dryness scale, checking off sustainability and protection boxes on the list of bib must-haves. As a two-layer shell, they’re warmer than your average outer layer. And mesh-lined vents allow you to regulate that heat when it gets to be too much. If you’re looking for a bib that stacks up well against the slopestyle competition during a day of spring shredding, or one that hangs well on resort powder laps, these babies are calling your name.

WaterproofingFit Original Price
V-Science 2-Layer ShellStretch Slim Fit$220

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