Flylow Foxy Bib ReviewPrice: $390 List | $292.46 at Amazon Pros: Comfortable, good-looking, high-performing
Cons: Easily scuffed cuff, a bit hard to fit
Bottom line: A hardcore bib for backcountry missions and resort laps alike.
Insulation/Lining: Jersey lining
Vents: Inner and outer thighs
Manufacturer: Flylow Gear
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Our Analysis and Test Results
2018 Versus 2017
The 2018 Foxy Bib at left, isn't yet available. We link to the 2017 version above. We also own it and have been loving it in the backcountry this season. The orange color below looks good in person. It's a bold but fairly flattering color — less construction site, more tropical flower.
The cut, pockets, and features of both versions are identical. The only change is the fabric. The 2018 bibs are noticeably softer and more supple. But we did slice up the reinforced instep during testing. Our 2017 bibs haven't had that problem. If you're really rough on your gear or watching your pennies, the 2017 version may be for you.
Comfort & Fit
From the Sierras to Japan, our testers stayed dry and temperature controlled in the Flylow Foxy Bib. We buried them in powder and raced friends in competing pants down groomers. They performed in every condition we could find.
The Foxy Bib is incredibly comfortable. At the basic level, it's because they're bibs. Nailing the waist to thigh ratio of athletic skiers is a tricky business, usually requiring pants to have adjustable velcro tabs. Not so for a bib. They take the fickle waistband issue out of the equation. The freedom of movement is excellent, avoiding the risk of a button digging into your belly everytime you bend over to take off your skins or adjust your bindings.
A common bib complaint is that they are a pain to deal with when nature calls. Not this bib. The left hand, double-zippered vent extends to the top, allowing you to unzip a large triangle of fabric. Keeping your layers on in the backcountry or bathroom is a big comfort plus. A 2018 fabric update made the Foxy softer than it's 2017 version. We'd call it butter. Though we rarely forego a baselayer altogether beneath an uninsulated shell like this one, the internal fabric is pleasant enough to do so. A kangaroo pouch provides an excellent refuge for cold hands.
The Foxy's fit is a little tricky though. It's nearly true to size, and the bib style is inherently forgiving, but the legs are on the narrow side for the roominess through the hips and waist. Mountain climbing or ski racer thighs may want to size up. The sleek leg shape works to your advantage when skinning or après socializing. No bulky excess fabric gets in the way. The length is also really nice on a variety of body types. Overall the bib has a relaxed but flattering fit.
Constructed of 3-layer Stretch Storm Shell Intuitive fabric, the Foxy has a waterproof rating of 20,000mm and a breathability rating of 20,000 g/m2. That's as high as the ratings go. (Many waterproof fabrics, like current gold standard Gore-tex, doesn't provide such numbers.) It's hard to give numbers a lot of weight without knowing the testing methods, but these bibs do breathe nicely, letting sweat escape. They're also plenty waterproof. Fully seam-sealed, they held onto their water beading durable water repellant (DWR) finish throughout testing, helping the waterproof/breathable membrane work properly. The Intuitive fabric hasn't been around as long as Gore-tex, which is known to be incredibly durable, so the jury is out on how long the waterproofing will last.
Wind doesn't seem to be an issue for the Foxy Bib. It stopped ripping winds and 20-degree temps like a wall in Hokkaido, Japan. The bib provides a little extra chest protection in brutal conditions and is great at keeping power out of your pants, particularly if you buy a jacket like Flylow's Daphne that snaps to the waistline. Venting and a lack of insulation keep the Foxy Bib warm weather appropriate.
The beauty of a bomber shell is that you can customize your layers to suit the day. On cold days, pile on the pants to stay nice and toasty. The Foxy shell simply keeps those layers safe from the elements, and from you. Breathability and two vents on each leg make sure that you can keep cool enough to avoid sweating through your baselayers during a hike or sunny spell. This is important. Once you cool off, wet gear can chill you to the bone.
We like the inner or outer thigh venting options on the Foxy, helping you avoid exposing too much of your baselayers to snow if you're heating up during a storm. The smaller inner thigh zips are perfect for minimal exposure to a storm. They also open further down on your leg, around your knee. That keeps them from rubbing against each other, or your thighs when you're hiking. The outer vents are massive, exposing the length of your thigh. That'll cool you off in a hurry, but does expose you to the weather. For balmy days you can open all four for a footloose and free feel.
A small pocket at the top of the bibs, two rooming, perfectly placed thigh pockets, and one stealthy stash spot in the back provide plenty of room for all your necessities. Secure, zippered pockets like these let you keep necessities close at hand without having to dig into your pack if you have one. They're great for maps, snacks, chapsticks, cash or anything else you'd like. The kangaroo pouch, which makes the entire bib a pocket, is a cool feature. We don't like storing much in there, but it's nice for a gaiter or cold hands. Zipper tabs are big enough to grab with mittens.
Snaps around the waistline integrate with Flylow's Daphne jacket, fully protecting you from pow. The cuff has the required powder cuff and has a snap to customize the opening. These pants aren't overly wide, so we never saw the need to adjust it. There is also a nylon scuff guard to protect the instep from sharp skis. We ripped it a bit on the second day out. It's a small cut but does make us wonder if the wonderfully soft fabric sacrificed a bit of durability.
Bibs are back and the laidback style of the Foxy is undeniable. We gotta admit that we were feeling the cool girl vibe. The relaxed fit allows you to get rad in comfort but is sleek and soft enough that it never feels bulky. It's got that low-maintenance French girl thing. We dig it.
We did notice our Vintage color is pretty easy to temporarily stain, say, with coffee. It cleans right up and actually might help your gear last longer since it works better when clean, and you'll clean what you can see. But if you hate looking dingy, you might want one of the darker colors.
This is a do-it-all option. You could wear this bib throughout the season for years. We have a few friends that do. Layer up for mid-winter storm days and strip down and vent it out for spring-slush fests.
For $390, the Foxys aren't cheap. And since they aren't Gore-tex, it's hard to know how long their waterproofing will last. Three to four seasons seems like a safe bet though, and around $100 a year for your one-and-only cute and comfy ski pant ain't bad.
Killer coverage, weather protection, and comfort combine in one heck of a ski bib. Customizable warmth and ventilation for days mean you can wear the Foxy day in and day out. If you're a ride-or-die kind of skier and like your gear to last, this could be the ski pant for you.
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