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Looking for Bib recommendations
Been looking at dakine stoker 3l or the Northface Mens Brigandine Bibs. I also get an industry discount to arcteryx, fly low (bib fits are a bit to baggy for my taste), strafe, and potentially patagonia.
I also know sage makes one, but I dont get a discount for them.
What have you guys tried and liked. Gonna be using them out in utah. Mostly for park and pow, and maybe the occasional tour.
I own the Flylow Baker Bibs and they’re my favoriteeeee piece of equipment. I’m 5’9” 150 and the mediums are a little baggy in the knee to boot area but I’ve never noticed it while skiing. I only wear long under armour under it and I’ve never been cold; half the time I have to open vents because I’m warm on 30-35* days. I don’t think I’ll ever have to buy another pair of bibs either; there is no way I’m doing any damage to these things. They’re a little pricey but I got mine on a huge discount sale through backcountry.
I currently have a pair of the Dakine Stoker 3L bibs and have tried on the Flylow Baker bibs a few times. The Dakine bib is going to fit better if you're into the slimmer style, the Flylow is going to keep you warmer / dryer on deep or wet days. 6'2 150 lbs - wear a medium in Dakine or a large in Flylow.
Strafe if you want super lightweight hippy touring outerwear, Patagonia fit is hit or miss, no idea about North Face.
I've been happy with the quality of all my TNF stuff. I don't have the gore tex though just their fabric but it's pretty good for snow pants. Got tons of days out of the bibs and pants I have over a bunch of seasons and still lots of life left.
I was deciding between those exact bibs and ended up going for the north face ones,. Obviously haven’t skied in them but can say they seem super bomber from handling them. The stokers have more useful pockets, but all the dakine stuff we had in the shop last year suffered durability issues. It was all middle grade stuff however and none was gore tex so I’m sure the stokers could be good.
Both the stokers and the brigandine will be more waterproof than just about anything else since they are 3l gore tex. The flylow bakers may prove to be more durable, but won’t be as waterproof and are heavy to hike in.
+1 for the brig bibs. Skied a lot and toured a bit in them last season and they are dialed. If you're over 6ft or have long legs I'd recommend the long version.
- Fit is great. I'm 6'1 155lbs and wear a L
- Fabric isn't bulky so they move super well but are stil durable
- Very waterproof, skied in extremely wet tahoe blizzards and they were impervious
- Inside and massive outside thigh vents dump heat quickly
- Straps are very comfy, they don't have any hardware on em
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