REI Co-op Powderbound Insulated Bib - Women's Review
Cons: Limited style and color options, few extra features
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REI Co-op Powderbound Insulated Bib - Women's
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|Pros||Very warm, good ventilation, affordable price||Roomy pockets, great weather resistance, comfortable, good value||Affordable, warm, stylish||Stylish, stretchy||Price, warmth|
|Cons||Limited style and color options, few extra features||Zipper construction, limited style and color options||Limited use, hard to size right||Waterproofing, odd fitting, pockets||No vents, limited features|
|Bottom Line||Simple yet functional, this bib is an affordable option for those looking for a basic design with solid performance||A comfortable, protective, high-performing shell pant at a surprisingly reasonable price point||A warm, stylish, and functional pant that comes at a great price||These bibs are just as comfortable for aprés as they are on the mountain||This 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%)|
|Fit and Comfort (25%)|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
— Sarah Sherman
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