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Ski Pants Vs. Ski Bibs

By Tara Thackeray

When going out on the slope, you want to remain warm and dry all day. You can do so by choosing ski pants or ski bibs. Both are water resistant, and can be purchased with functioning features like extra pockets, zippers and gaiters, according to Dick’s Sporting Goods. When choosing the fit of your bottoms, you will look for the same features in pants and bibs. You want them to be roomy so that you can maneuver the slopes. Just a few differences differentiate the two products.


Ski bibs and ski pants contain different features for different purposes, according to Dick's Sporting Goods. Ski bibs contain shoulder straps, while ski pants do not. These shoulder straps are often adjustable for different heights. Most bibs contain a quick-release button allowing you to take the garment off in an easier manner. Another different feature between the two items is that most ski bibs are insulated, while a good number of ski pants contain little insulation. Last, ski bibs contain a chest pocket. This pocket can be useful to store those precious items that you want to keep safe while swishing down the slopes.

Keep Snow Out

When layered with a ski jacket, ski bibs cover the chest of your body and refuse to let snow in. This allows you to wipe out as many times as necessary, and still walk into the lodge warm and dry. This feature makes ski bibs perfect for the novice skier, since they are prone to falling many times. This also benefits you on days when deep powder lies on the mountain.


Since ski bibs cover a majority of your body, they often are bulkier, which reduces your mobility cites The extra padding makes it harder to move your body from side to side, which can be a hindrance when trying to manipulate your way down a slope with heavy moguls. During this time, you want to be able to move freely so that you can maneuver your skis in the proper manner. Ski pants only go up to your waist, allowing more flexibility as you ski.


Often, children are seen wearing ski bibs. Also, individuals on the bunny slopes can be seen in bibs as well. With the increased insulation and shoulder straps, bibs can often be seen as an unfashionable option for skiers. Despite their benefits, many people choose fashion over comfort and opt for the lighter, more maneuverable ski pants.

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