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Go to battle in the big mountains.

Designed for the athlete who goes big, whether it's climbing remote peaks, traversing across desolate landscape or shredding on huge mountains, the Patagonia Super Alpine Bib can go to battle. The 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric is guaranteed waterproof and breathable. The face fabric—40D nylon with 150D nylon placed in high-abrasion areas—is durable to withstand light contact with a crampon or ski edge, and feature an additional DWR treatment so moisture beads up and rolls off.

Form meets function with the Super Alpine Bib. Full-coverage bibs with hook-and-loop adjustable suspenders and drop-seat configuration provide full coverage, and the articulated seat and knees move easily with you through mountainous terrain. This bib has harness- and pack-compatible chest and thigh pockets with bulk-reducing Slim Zips, so it won't rub you the wrong way or slow you down when you need to grab gear quickly. The chest pockets are bellowed so that they fold flat against your chest. Patagonia has thought about the hassle of boots with this bib, too. The lower leg is ski-boot compatible and has external scuff guards and adjustable internal gaiters, and the watertight full size zips keep weather out when you need it and can offer ventilation and ease with taking boots on and off. Now, you just have to get to the mountain.

  • Three-layer Gore-Tex Pro
  • 40D nylon shell with 150D nylon reinforcements
  • DWR coating
  • Fully taped seams
  • Regular fit
  • Hook-and-loop adjustable full-coverage bibs
  • Side zip vents

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From slogging through the alpine ash in the valleys and up into the high alpine of Mt Bogong (Australia) these are bomber pants for touring.

4 5

A solid all-around bib

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

After a half-dozen outings in the super alpine bib, I am extremely pleased with the fit and overall function, having used it for several hikes, light mountaineering, and skiing both in and out of bounds. I'm 6-2, 200 pounds and the large fits me like a glove, with literally the perfect amount of space in the legs and crotch without being baggy at all. Most days when I have it on I don't even realize I'm wearing a bib, the shoulder straps have yet to rub or bunch up even on high-energy days. Also, the full zip and built-in gaiter are great features, and ive found i don't even need to use the gaiter with my Dynafit Titan AT boots on, everything stays snug and in place with the external bottom snap secured.

Two things keep me from going 5-stars. One is, these are purely a gore-tex pro shell and nothing more, so they are colder than most other winter bottoms, something to keep in mind on really cold days. Not that I didn't know that going in, but for a guy who usually has no problem keeping my legs warm, during a recent nor'easter I was very cold down below. Second, I've already had a tear in the right thigh pocket, right around the seam, which totally sucks. Yes a day of hard backcountry skiing involves tree scrapes, but I didn't expect these pants to have an issue so early on. A simple repair job will do the trick, and I'm overall quite happy, but if you want an absolute bomber kit you may want to look elsewhere.

5 5

Comment on fit

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just received these and want to offer a little guidance on sizing. I'm 5 9", 145 lbs, 41" chest. The small works for me, but with very little room for a big lunch! Length is good out of the box. The fit across my chest / abdomen is snug, but will work with a base layer and very thin mid layer.

4 5

Great bib Great Fit

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

This bib fits great. I am a fairly slim guy and most alpine gear just sags off me. This fits snug but not tight. I have full range of movement but no excess fabric bunching up.

As usual Gortex is Goretex and lets no water in. I've used this bib for weeks of snowboarding and moderate alpine assents in the Sierra Nevadas. I fell of the side of a steep incline on an ice ascent scraping the bib across a rock till I arrested with my ice-ax. To my surprise the bib suffered no tearing or scratching it is bomb proof.

If your a slim guy and you need a bib that will keep you dry, warm and comfortable plus will last, this is the perfect bib for you.

3 5

Restricted movement

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
  • Fit: Runs small

I gave these pants to my dad as a gift. Here's what he had to say:

"All I can comment on so far is the design of the pants and how they feel. I like the zippers and pockets. They are all in convenient places. The shoulder straps seem to be OK and easily adjust. The pants are extremely light. I don't know if I will miss having a mesh lining in the pants like all of my other bibs have had.

The pants are however not sized for a large according to the size chart. I am 6' tall and weight 165lbs. I can barely get the pant cuff over my ski boot even with the adjustment completely relaxed. It would be impossible for somebody 6' tall and 190lbs to fit into these pants if they have any under layers on. With my heavy layer of polypropoline underwear (these are Super Alpine Bibs, which means most super alpinists are in cold conditions which require warm underwear layers) and my two knee braces on I am constricted in movement. I would not want to climb in these pants. But, for skiing they are OK. I need total unrestricted movement when climbing. I just wish they were baggier like my old Mountain Hardware bibs.

My recommendation to anybody looking for ski/climbing bibs with zippers all the way up the leg would be to give up and look for any other bib that will provide more room for layers, knee braces, and movement."

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just a comment, these are designed with feedback from our alpine climbing ambassadors who want a slim fit bib to provide the lightwest weight bottom with full weather protection. Definitely not designed to accomodate knee braces unfortunately, and they'll accomodate from alpine ski boots, but they're designed more for a mountaineering boot and some AT boots...

3 5

good bib but should be great

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I made the change from the powslayer to super alpine bibs because of the fit. I wanted something less baggy but still a bulletproof bib that could take a lot of abuse. The medium fits me well at 5'8" 150. I use these touring with a ski boot and the cuffs fit well over my boot. I like the chest pockets for bars/snack and my beacon doesn't really interfere with access. The reason I don't think these are great is there is nowhere to dump heat. The side zips only have a single zipper on the top and bottom not leaving you with a good option to dump heat. Other than that lower pockets don't hold much. Even though I've only used these a few times so far this season I'm confident they will hold up, patagonia has always treated me very well.

good bib but should be great
3 5

Consider other brands

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

I purchased with the hope of using these for backcountry skiing and mountaineering when the weather turns really foul. The medium seemed a little too short. I am 5' 10", and the inseam was a little on the snug side. The torso felt good, nice trim cut, and the shoulder straps are perfect. My biggest gripe would be the abrasion resistance and overall toughness of the fabric on the high wear areas, such as the knees and the seat. In my opinion, Patagonia comes up short when compared to Arc' Teryx, and I will be sticking with A'T and purchasing their Alpha SV bibs. A'T definitely has better instep protection and abrasion resistance is superior to Patagonia's.

Super Alpine bib video review

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Patagonia Ambassador Matt Helliker gives his take on the Super Alpine Bibs

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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Best ice climbing/mountaineering bibs I have ever had. They keep me so dry I am still amazed at how the water doesn't get into them. Slim legs which means that if you are looking at using them for AT, they tend to be tight around your boots, not to mention pretty warm as they go up high on the chest. I wish Patagonia would incl another set of pulls on the full legs as it would make it much easier to vent than to pull from the top (it makes it a pain). For the extra weight it would be a great addition.