The side of a mountain is not the place to be worrying about your pants.
There are times in the high alpine when the sun is out, visibility and spirits are high, and the going is smooth. Then there are the times when it seems like the surface of the moon might just be a more hospitable place than the side of the mountain you are hunkered down on. What's more, the time it takes to go from one extreme to the other can be close to nothing. For ultimate protection and rugged durability in unpredictable mountain conditions, the Norrøna Trollveggen Gore-Tex Pro Shell Bib Pants can be trusted time and time again.
At the heart of these technical pants is the 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric that offers increased durability, excellent breathability, and the waterproofness you have come to know and trust in a Gore-Tex product. Additionally, all zippers are YKK Aquaseal, which are 100% water- and windproof. Other key features of this bib pant include removable gaiters with a lace loop, reinforced panels on the lower leg for protection against crampons, and large pockets. In case things heat up on the hike, 3/4 length side zippers provide ventilation and easy access to boots and underlayers. An adjustable waist and articulated knees help the Trollveggen fit perfectly and will have you forgetting that you're wearing such tough pants. Take these things into the death zone, and you may just have a chance of getting out alive.
- Gore-Tex Pro Shell
- 3/4 length YKK Aquaguard zippers
- Removable gaiters
- Adjustable waist
- Articulated knees
- 2 bib pockets
- One-hand adjustment
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Lofoten comparison and sizing
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
I just tried these and the Lofoten covertible bibs and Trollvegen bibs on in the Norr?na shop here in Bergen, and have a couple impressions I thought i would share.
Most importantly, these are slim fitting, and I don't think the sizing guide on here is too accurate. I'm of a tall slim athletic variety (6'4" 185lbs, 32-33" inseam, big legs and slim chest) and the Large fit me great. The shoulder straps are very adjustable and there is elastic in the waist/chest, which made these feel very form fitting, despite the suggested measurements in the sizing chart. I expect that I might have even felt ok in the XL if I wanted a loose fit.
As far as the design, the inner pant cuff is very heavy duty, but different from the Lofoten bib, only goes 3/4 around the pant (the Lofoten reinforced area rides higher and circles the entire pant. The fabric of the pant is not as heavy as the Lofoten, but still feels durable and is noticably less bulky/heavy. I love pockets, and this only has one real honest pocket, but these seem to be going for streamlined and simple, which they do really nicely. There is also an easy-poo flap, which is great.
The Lofoten is feel heavy duty and extremely durable, but it is heavier and doesn't pack down as small as the Trollvegen bibs. The sizing felt exactly the same as the Trollvegens, with even more adjustability in the waist (I could cinch them down on me tightly in the waist. There area where the bib zips come together has a very slight opening in it, not really an issue, just saying. Awesom amount and size of pockets. The legs also are a little baggier in the lower-leg, which you can see pretty well from the picture.
If I didn't care about the added pockets and removable bib piece and slightly more durability, I'd go with the Trollvegen, but I like the versatility and durable feel of the Lofoten. Either one would be awesom. Didn't get a change to try on the Lyngens, but I imaging the same goes for them.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
Used these on Rainier during a snow storm on the way down and they worked like a champ. Kept me warm and dry the entire time