Awesome bibs so far.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I've only gotten out in the mountains about seven hours in these so far, hiking and skiing (with my son on the flats), but my first impression is that they are awesome pants made of bomber materials and the fit chart got me the perfect size.
First, the fit - I'm 6' / 195lbs and my waist size put me in the middle of the XL - the fit is perfect, no tight areas or binding but not saggy anywhere - love it.
The bibs seem well put together, and while the primary material has a rather soft hand leading me to worry initially about it's durability, I soon put them to the test on my first use by tripping on a rock and totally eating shit on sharp rocks of Sonora Pass - I was sure they would be scuffed or maybe torn, but they survived without a mark... impressive.
The Bad - two design points which need to be addressed in the long term:
1. The lack of quick-releaseability of the suspenders - so if you have the suspenders on over your base layers as is my habit, you have to take all your top layers off to remove the bibs. Not a deal breaker, but a bit inconvenient when it's still dumping but you want to de-bib for the long drive home. I'm thinking I'll probably end up modifying the straps myself to add quick release buckles of some sort.
2. TNF, Y U NO LIKE POCKETS??? Seriously guys, there could be some sweet storage integrated into the bib uppers with zero bulk gained, and each leg could get a cargo pocket instead of just the one. While you're at it, those pockets could use at least a cm increase in each dimension to be of much use. Right now, keys and a clif bar and you're about maxed out.
Overall I'm stoked with these bibs so far, and I'm stoked that TNF didn't immediatly jump on the $500+ bandwagon like so many other manufacturers have done.