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REI Co-op Powderbound Insulated Bib - Women's Review

Simple yet functional, this bib is an affordable option for those looking for a basic design with solid performance
rei co-op powderbound insulated bib for women ski pants review
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Price:  $199 List | $199.00 at REI
Pros:  Very warm, good ventilation, affordable price
Cons:  Limited style and color options, few extra features
Manufacturer:   REI
By Sarah Sherman ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 20, 2021
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  • Weather Resistance - 25% 6.0
  • Fit and Comfort - 25% 7.0
  • Ventilation - 15% 9.0
  • Warmth - 15% 9.0
  • Features - 10% 5.0
  • Style - 10% 6.0

Our Verdict

REI finds a nice balance between solid warmth and function and an affordable price with their Powderbound Insulated Bib Snow Pants. This model features 40 grams of synthetic insulation to keep you warm, balanced with an extensive thigh vent along each leg, and a drop set zipper to help you more easily get in and out of the bib or add some extra airflow. There is also a functional pocket design and a comfortable overall fit. This bib is a great option for someone who's not ready to invest in a more expensive, technical pair of pants, but doesn't want to sacrifice warmth and comfort.

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Pros Very warm, good ventilation, affordable priceRoomy pockets, great weather resistance, comfortable, good valueAffordable, warm, stylishStylish, stretchyPrice, warmth
Cons Limited style and color options, few extra featuresZipper construction, limited style and color optionsLimited use, hard to size rightWaterproofing, odd fitting, pocketsNo vents, limited features
Bottom Line Simple yet functional, this bib is an affordable option for those looking for a basic design with solid performanceA comfortable, protective, high-performing shell pant at a surprisingly reasonable price pointA warm, stylish, and functional pant that comes at a great priceThese bibs are just as comfortable for aprés as they are on the mountainThis is a basic pant that is a solid option for a first timer who isn't sure if they want to invest in the sport
Rating Categories REI Co-op Powderbou... Outdoor Research Sk... The North Face Free... Burton Avalon Bib Columbia Bugaboo Om...
Weather Resistance (25%)
6.0
8.0
4.0
4.0
6.0
Fit and Comfort (25%)
7.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
6.0
Ventilation (15%)
9.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
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Warmth (15%)
9.0
5.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
Features (10%)
5.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
4.0
Style (10%)
6.0
7.0
8.0
9.0
6.0
Specs REI Co-op Powderbou... Outdoor Research Sk... The North Face Free... Burton Avalon Bib Columbia Bugaboo Om...
Measured Weight 1.7 lbs 1.3 lbs 1.6 lbs 1.9 lbs 1.4 lbs
Waterproofing 2-layer Peak 3-layer AscentShell 2-layer DryVent 2-layer DryRide Omni-Tech
Vents Inner thigh, outer thigh Outer thigh Inner thigh Inner thigh None
Insulation/Lining 40g polyester None 60g Heatseeker Eco, 90% recycled polyester Living Lining 60g Microtemp XF II polyester
Main fabric Nylon 88% nylon, 12% spandex 160D nylon Stretch polyester 100% nylon twill
Waistline construction Bib Button and zip fly Button and zip fly Bib Button & zip fly
Pockets 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest 2 zippered hand, 2 zippered thigh 2 zippered hand, 1 velcro cargo 2 handwarmer, 1 zippered chest 2 zippered hand

Our Analysis and Test Results

At such a decent price point, we couldn't not try the REI Co-op Powderbound Insulated Bib Snow Pants. With 40 grams of polyester insulation, a drop seat, and a comfortable fit, all wrapped in an environmentally conscious package (the fabric is Bluesign® approved while being made in a Fair Trade Certified™ factory), this model holds its own amongst pricier and more technical options.

Performance Comparison


rei co-op powderbound insulated bib for women ski pants review - the powderbound insulated bib in action on the mountain.
The Powderbound Insulated Bib in action on the mountain.
Credit: Russell Brouillard

Weather Resistance


For a bib that's on the lower end of the price spectrum, we were pleasantly surprised with how the Powderhound Insulated Bib performed in the weather resistance category. REI utilizes their Peak 2-layer material which they list as waterproof and windproof, as well as critically seam sealing to keep you dry and comfortable. We put it through our two-minute shower test to see if that held true.


The results impressed us. While these pants didn't completely shed water during the test — the outer material grew heavier and some water was absorbed — none of the water completely soaked through. Additionally, we noticed no water seeping through seams or zippers. While this might not be the most protective bib once the weather conditions turn truly harsh, it should be appropriate to get you through most days on the mountain in-bounds.

rei co-op powderbound insulated bib for women ski pants review - the bib absorbed some water during the 2-minute shower test, though...
The bib absorbed some water during the 2-minute shower test, though none soaked completely through.
Credit: Russell Brouillard

Fit and Comfort


Testers were pleasantly surprised by the fit and comfort of the REI Co-op Powderbound Insulated Bib Snow Pants. With ample room to move and a soft inner lining, the pants needed little fuss or fidgeting throughout the day to remain comfortable and in place.


Adjustable straps on the shoulders allow for a customizable fit when wearing the bib. Testers did notice that sometimes having a phone in the thigh pockets could be uncomfortable if bending one's legs too much, but overall did not notice any issues while skiing or riding.

rei co-op powderbound insulated bib for women ski pants review - this model has a high waist to keep out snow and adjustable straps...
This model has a high waist to keep out snow and adjustable straps for a customized fit.
Credit: Russell Brouillard

Ventilation


Many insulated pants focus mainly on keeping one warm in colder conditions, and this means ventilation can oftentimes be overlooked. That's not the case with the Powderhound Insulated Bib. This bib features a long outer thigh vent on each leg, great for regulating temperatures.


The vents are a part of the bib's drop seat design, which can be zipped down on either side to quickly get out of the bib, or zipped up from the very bottom to be used as a vent. This allows for flexibility in ventilation as one can zip up more or less depending on temperatures. However, it is worth noting that these are insulated pants, so even with plenty of ventilation, they are more geared towards resort skiers and riders looking for comfort and warmth.

rei co-op powderbound insulated bib for women ski pants review - the generous side vents allow for excellent ventilation, which we...
The generous side vents allow for excellent ventilation, which we appreciate on an insulated pair of pants.
Credit: Russell Brouillard

Warmth


This bib is insulated, adding a layer of warmth to your ski day and helping to keep you warm when temperatures drop. The bib-style construction means that warmth is brought up towards one's chest, as well, working to keep you toasty both riding the chair lift and on your way down.


However, with just 40 grams of polyester insulation, it is slightly less insulated than other pairs we've tested. That's not a huge difference and may make it more appealing to those who tend to steer away from insulated pants, as this model doesn't get as hot as others and has ample ventilation. For those looking for an extra toasty pair, it's worth noting that other options are a bit warmer overall.

rei co-op powderbound insulated bib for women ski pants review - while not the warmest pant we tested, the 40 grams of synthetic...
While not the warmest pant we tested, the 40 grams of synthetic insulation keeps things cozy on those chilly mornings.
Credit: Russell Brouillard

Features


This model has few bells and whistles worth writing about. It's meant to keep you warm, protect you from the elements, and get you down the hill. And it does that well. But if you're looking for specially designed features such as a beacon pocket, you'd be better off looking at a more technical pair of pants.


The Powderhound Insulated Bib features a small chest pocket and two thigh pockets, as well as a drop seat that allows one to easily use the restroom. And that's about it. You get what you pay for here — simple and functional, with nothing you don't need.

rei co-op powderbound insulated bib for women ski pants review - the bib features a small but convenient chest pocket.
The bib features a small but convenient chest pocket.
Credit: Russell Brouillard

Style


Bibs have had a comeback over the last few years and what once was a childhood memory is now the go-to outerwear of choice for many. The Powderhound Insulated Bib fits within that category, sporting a small chest pocket that's as stylish as it is functional, and a flattering cut.


However, coming in just two colors this bib is simple and limited in its style options. That doesn't mean it lacks style — testers liked the simplicity of the bib — but it does mean that if you're not a fan of the current offerings, you may be disappointed and want to look elsewhere.

rei co-op powderbound insulated bib for women ski pants review - we liked the simple style of this bib both on and off the mountain.
We liked the simple style of this bib both on and off the mountain.
Credit: Russell Brouillard

Value


This model comes in at the top where value is concerned. Warm with ample venting, testing well in our weather resistance category, as well as being comfortable to wear, this is a great option for a resort skier who prefers bibs to pants and doesn't want to break the bank.

Conclusion


If you don't mind a limited selection of colors nor require a technical piece of outerwear, the REI Co-op Powderbound Insulated Bib Snow Pants could be a great option for you. Ideal for most conditions in-bounds, these insulated bibs don't break the bank while keeping one warm and comfortable while riding the chairlift and skiing down.

rei co-op powderbound insulated bib for women ski pants review - this bib is comfortable and cozy to wear even after you're off the...
This bib is comfortable and cozy to wear even after you're off the mountain.
Credit: Russell Brouillard

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