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Picture Organic Clothing Yakoumo Bib Review

A good bib with warmth and features for everyday resort skiing and riding.
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Price:  $250 List | $249.99 at Amazon
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Pros:  Warm, comfortable, good features
Cons:  Doesn't bead water very well, poor ventilation
Manufacturer:   Picture Organic Clothing
By Jeff Dobronyi ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 10, 2019
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  • Weather Resistance - 25% 5
  • Fit and Comfort - 25% 7
  • Ventilation - 20% 4
  • Warmth - 10% 8
  • Features - 10% 7
  • Style - 10% 7

Our Verdict

New to our review lineup, Picture Organic Clothing brands itself as a clothing manufacturer that strives to fight climate change by using recycled and organic materials in its products. Their Yakoumo Bib is a warm, well-featured, and weather resistance piece that is also very comfortable and seems durable. It suffers from poor ventilation and a style that isn't for everyone. Those detractions aren't deal-breakers, and overall, we like this bib.


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Pros Warm, comfortable, good featuresImmaculate weather protection, excellent fit, fleecy liningFashionable, carefully tailored, excellent weather protectionWarm, comfy, weather resistantStretchy, soft, comfortable, many pockets, breathable
Cons Doesn't bead water very well, poor ventilationExpensive, light on featuresMesh-backed vents, doesn’t have all the bells and whistlesSmall vents, snug fit, racer styleNot waterproof, thin material, climbing style
Bottom Line A good bib with warmth and features for everyday resort skiing and riding.These pants are the best of the best, at a price.Excellent, all-around ski pants suitable for almost all users.The top insulated ski pants for those who need them.Durable softshell backcountry skiing pants for most days on the skin track.
Rating Categories Yakoumo Bib Arc'teryx Sabre AR Pant Patagonia Powder Bowl Pants Spyder Dare GTX Trailbreaker II
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Specs Yakoumo Bib Arc'teryx Sabre AR... Patagonia Powder... Spyder Dare GTX Trailbreaker II
Main fabric 52% polyester/48% recycled polyester N80p-X Gore-Tex with Cordura Nylon 3L cuff fabric 4.6-oz 150-denier 100% recycled polyester 2L Polyester plain weave 2L 87% nylon, 13% spandex
Insulation Coremax lining Laminated fleecy lining Hanging mesh lining 40 g Primaloft Silver Eco synthetic None
Waterproofing DryPlay N80p-X Gore-Tex (3-layer) Gore-Tex w/ DWR finish (2-layer) Gore-Tex laminate and PFCecFree DWR (2-layer) Pertex Shield+ (partial)
Waistline construction (elastic? snaps?) Bibs Snaps. Built-in elastic belt Snap/zipper fly with adjustable tabs Snap/zipper fly with internal adjustment and removable suspenders Snaps. Velcro tabs for adjustment, belt loops
Weight (in pounds) 2.32 lbs 1.32 lbs 1.67 lbs 1.79 lbs 1.69 lbs
Weight (in grams) 1052 g 599 g 756 g 812 g 767 g
# of Pockets 4 3 4 5 5
Vents? No Exterior thigh zips, no mesh Exterior thigh zips, with mesh Inner thigh zips, with mesh Exterior thigh zips, with mesh
Ski-specific features Bibs, cuff drawstring, scuff guards, elastic powder cuffs Key/pass clip inside pocket, touring cuff, scuff guards Scuff guards, elastic powder cuffs, attach to matching jacket's powder cuff Scuff guards, elastic powder cuffs, cuff zipper beacon clip and sleeve, scuff guards, touring cuffs, cuff zipper
Recco? No Yes Yes No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

In the metrics that really matter, the Yakoumo performs well, while some less important details might dissuade some users.

Performance Comparison


Powder skiing in the Yakoumo Bib.
Powder skiing in the Yakoumo Bib.

Weather Resistance


The primary reason skiers reach for bibs instead of traditional pants is weather protection. Bibs offer increased resistance to cold, wind, and snow by covering the torso with material that connects to the legs. The result, in this case, is good weather resistance through the torso, although there is a small opening at the top of the pants where the removable bibs also zip open or zip off the pant completely.

Bibs provide weather resistance by extending the protection of the pants up underneath the upper body layers.
Bibs provide weather resistance by extending the protection of the pants up underneath the upper body layers.

These pants feature a waterproof fabric, which performs well, although the DWR finish rubs off extremely quickly. In the shower test, one brush of the hand across the fabric was enough to remove the DWR, which resulted in the fabric wetting out immediately afterward. Although this water won't enter the pant through the waterproof shell, it makes the pant feel wet on the inside. Furthermore, only the critical seams are sealed, the cargo pocket closes with buttons only, and the two handwarmer pockets do not have waterproof zippers. As such, these bibs won't protect you in the wettest conditions.

None of the Yakoumo's pockets are waterproof.
None of the Yakoumo's pockets are waterproof.

Fit and Comfort


The Yakoumo Bib has a great fit. It is well-tailored through the hips and thighs and widens towards the boots. The bib is perfectly cut and features mesh stretch panels on each side. The suspender straps are soft and comfortable, with a low-profile plastic attachment point that doesn't feel uncomfortable under backpack straps. The fleece liner fabric in the pant section is very cozy and comfortable.

The Yakoumo Bib has a well-tailored and comfortable fit  from the bib down to the boots.
The Yakoumo Bib has a well-tailored and comfortable fit, from the bib down to the boots.

Ventilation


Most bibs don't ventilate very well, and this bib is no exception. The bib panel retains heat in the torso area, closing the traditional gap between upper and lower bodies. This is great for warmth and weather protection but limits ventilation. The fleece liner fabric also inhibits air movement throughout the legs. The main ventilation features are inner thigh leg vents, which are relatively short and mesh-backed. They don't provide much airflow. The bib component is removable, and in the pant-only configuration, this piece is a little more breathable. We wouldn't recommend this bib for anyone who does a lot of inbounds hiking.

Short inner thigh vents with mesh backing don't provide great ventilation.
Short inner thigh vents with mesh backing don't provide great ventilation.

Warmth


Warmth is a strong suit for the Yakoumo Bib. This is provided mainly by a snug fit in the waist and thigh, and a hanging fleece liner throughout the pant that is comfortable and cozy. The removable bib also keeps the torso warm, which is where our bodies really feel "hot" or "cold." This bib is warmer than most other pants in our review, but it might be too warm for some fair-weather ski destinations like Lake Tahoe. Certainly, the fleece lining is comfortable enough to wear against bare skin, meaning you can leave the long underwear at home on warmer days.

The bib rides high and captures lots of torso warmth.
The bib rides high and captures lots of torso warmth.

Features


The Yakoumo has a good lineup of features. There are two handwarmer pockets, each with a fleece lining, and one thigh cargo pocket. There is also a button-closure pocket on the bib, and the whole bib is removable, which means these also can be worn as traditional ski pants.

One unique feature about these bibs is a drawstring in each handwarmer pocket that can pull up the rear fabric of the pant cuffs. This is a great feature that adds longevity to the pants because the cuff fabric won't be scraping along the ground as you walk. This is especially useful any time you are walking on the sidewalk, shuffling on and off shuttle buses, or driving.

The bib component is removable  so the Yakoumo can be worn as pants as well.
The bib component is removable, so the Yakoumo can be worn as pants as well.

Style


The Yakoumo Bib is fairly stylish, with a trim cut through the waist and thighs that bell bottoms out towards the boots. We like this slim (but not tight) fit, which reflects the overall style trend in modern ski outerwear. The design is reminiscent of work pants, worn by many locals in ski towns worldwide while they're not on the slopes.

We liked the slender style and color of the Yakoumo bibs.
We liked the slender style and color of the Yakoumo bibs.

Value


These bibs also double as ski pants, because the bib component is easily removable. The construction is burly, and these pants will last a while. The only big downside to the value of these pants is the fragile DWR finish, which will wear off quickly. This can make a pair of ski pants feel cheap. Overall, they offer good, but not great, value.

Conclusion


Overall, the Picture Organic Clothing Yakoumo Bib is a solid piece of ski outerwear that will protect you in most conditions. The weather resistance and ventilation could be better, but the style, features, warmth, and comfort are all fantastic. As such, these bibs will appeal to a large segment of the ski population, and we would recommend them for all but the most hardcore skiers and riders.


Jeff Dobronyi