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Hi,
I see these have no internal gaiter....

Hi,
I see these have no internal gaiter. How do they keep out the snow when I'm trudging up the untracked trails?

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how come no one answered this question? I am wondering the same thing

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Arcteryx's Alpha line is designed for climbing and alpinism. I've never tried ice climbing but I have done a glaciated summit and I didn't need internal gaiters for that. The layout of this bib is designed to be used easily with a harness. I believe the reason Arcteryx left out the internal gaiter is because it isn't common in winter climbing or alpinism.

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I have the older model. It has two holes at the hem, you can thread a bungie cord through the holes. After you put on the bibs, you let the bungie cord go under the sole of your boot. It is sorta like the fastener on a gaiter. The leg openings are smaller than the ski pants because it is not really for fat ski boots. So when you secure the hem to the climbing boots using the bungie cord, the snow can hardly get in. I use them for BC ski and winter ice climbing and found no snow inside.