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Patagonia SnowDrifter Bib - Women's Review

A simple yet effective lightweight bib.
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Price:  $350 List | $349.00 at REI
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Pros:  Waterproof, breathable, RECCO
Cons:  Small chest pocket, fit long
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
By Sarah Sherman ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 17, 2019
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  • Weather Resistance - 25% 9
  • Fit and Comfort - 25% 7
  • Ventilation - 15% 9
  • Warmth - 15% 4
  • Features - 10% 8
  • Style - 10% 6

Our Verdict

We found the Patagonia SnowDrifter Bib to be understated, yet effective. It kept things simple with minimal extra pockets and features, yet it has a lightweight and stretchy material that allows for ease of movement. If you don't need a lot of fuss and want a reliable backcountry bib, this could be what you're looking for.


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Pros Waterproof, breathable, RECCOSpacious pockets, color and size options, weatherproof, versatility, ventilation, built to lastBackcountry specific features, comfort and stretch, pocket spaceComfortable, high-performing, pocket space, 'core' lookComfortable, warm, RECCO
Cons Small chest pocket, fit longPricePrice, boxy fit, not for resort daysNarrow upper thigh, cuff guardNot great for backcountry use, waterproofing
Bottom Line A simple yet effective lightweight bib.A do-anything ski pant that is as ready for your next adventure as you are.Backcountry enthusiasts, look no further than these uninsulated, well-ventilated, fully featured, and super mobile pants.A comfortable and functioning bib for backcountry missions and resort laps alike.The Snowbelle offers resort style with comfort and warmth.
Rating Categories SnowDrifter Bib Sentinel AR Pants Hemispheres Bib Flylow Foxy Bib Insulated Snowbelle Pants
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Specs SnowDrifter Bib Sentinel AR Pants Hemispheres Bib Flylow Foxy Bib Insulated...
Measured weight (lbs) 1.2 lbs 1.1 lbs 1.3 lbs 1.4 lbs 1.4 lbs
Waterproofing 3-layer H2No Performance Standard 3-layer Gore-Tex 3-layer Gore-Tex C-Knit 3-layer Intuitive stretch stormshell 2-layer H2No Performance Standard
Vents External thigh Outer thigh Outer thigh Inner and outer thigh Inner thigh
Insulation/Lining None Brushed liner None None 100% polyester taffeta
Ski-Specific Features Stretch fabric for mobility, gaiters, stretchy bibs, drop seat Thigh pockets, reinforced ankles, taped seams Stretch fabric for mobility, gaiters, stretchy bibs, belt loops Stretch fabric for mobility, gaiters, stretchy bibs, drop seat Webbing loop on rear yoke to attach to jacket, gaiters
Main fabric 70% recycled polyester, 30% polyester 70D nylon 70D nylon 3L Stretch Stormshell Intuitive 75D 100% polyester
Waistline construction Bib Button & zip fly w/ integrated belt Bib Bib Button & zip fly
Pockets 2 zippered thigh cargo, 1 zippered chest 2 zippered thigh 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered kangaroo, 1 thigh 2 mid thigh, 2 chest 2 zippered hand

Our Analysis and Test Results

We found the SnowDrifter Bib to be simple, yet effective in its design. It doesn't come with as many bells and whistles compared to some of the other pants tested, but its high scoring weather resistance and ventilation should make it a contender on any backcountry lady's list.

Performance Comparison


Test lap rips in the SnowDrifter near Lake Tahoe.
Test lap rips in the SnowDrifter near Lake Tahoe.

Weather Resistance


The SnowDrifer scored highly when it came to weather resistance, holding up to our shower test. For the shower test, we stood in the shower for two minutes while wearing the bib, focusing the water spray on zippers, vents, seams, and the material. We paid special attention to the upper material of the bib, which is constructed of a stretchier fabric blend that has a DWR coating. We experienced no leaking or seeping and were impressed by its endurance.

Barely looking wet after two minutes in the shower.
Barely looking wet after two minutes in the shower.

Fit and Comfort


While these bibs are comfortable due to their stretchy material, we found the fit to be a little off. The pants seemed long compared to others of its size, and we experienced bunching at the bottom. We did like the stretchy blended upper material, which felt less bulky than other options when under a jacket.

Testing the range of motion in the SnowDrifter. The articulation in the material around the knees provides great mobility.
Testing the range of motion in the SnowDrifter. The articulation in the material around the knees provides great mobility.

Venting


We loved the vents on this bib, which were strategically combined with the bib's dropseat. They span from the top of the drop seat all the way down to the knee, with a bottom and top zipper which allow for customization of the sizing. This is a clever design that maximizes the use of already existing zippers, allowing you to shed heat on your next uphill journey.

Warmth


The bibs score low when it comes to warmth, due to the very nature of a shell. They are not meant to retain heat on their own, though they can be paired with a base layer for additional warmth. This could be a positive, especially for backcountry skiers. But, if you tend to run cold and do not like to layer underneath, you should explore a different option.

Features


These bibs come with three pockets—two thigh and one chest pocket. The thigh pockets had plenty of room for us to stash a phone and wallet, and the chest pocket runs deep, but we did miss the presence of a kangaroo pocket for more sturdy upper body storage. That, however, is simply preference. The stretchy upper material may be more appealing, for some, that the stiffer upper material on some bibs.

These bibs come equipped with RECCO technology, which can be used by ski patrol crews to help locate someone if necessary (though please note, this is not in any way a replacement for a beacon).

Style


While we love the color options these bibs come in, we wish it came in a larger variety. Its limited coloring and the brightness of the current color options means it is more limited in jacket pairings. The fit is a bit less flattering than other models we tested. Then again, this model isn't built for impressing anyone at a resort — the SnowDrifter would rather be touring.

The SnowDrifter is more at home in the backcountry than at the resort  from a style and a performance perspective.
The SnowDrifter is more at home in the backcountry than at the resort, from a style and a performance perspective.

Value


Coming in at a mid-price range, these bibs would be a solid addition to one's ski pants quiver, especially for backcountry ski touring. While they do not have all of the bells and whistles that other pants may have, if you are looking to keep it simple while having premium waterproofing and ventilation, then these pants are worth considering.

Warm days in early season make the SnowDrifter a more acceptable resort ski pant. However  it was primarily built for out-of-bounds use.
Warm days in early season make the SnowDrifter a more acceptable resort ski pant. However, it was primarily built for out-of-bounds use.

Conclusion


A well-constructed bib that would excel in the backcountry, keeping you dry and comfortable.


Sarah Sherman