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Waterproof and breathable protection from your chest to you ankles.

The isolated backcountry is your playground, and The North Face Women's Free Thinker Bib Pant keeps you dry out there all winter long. A 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro membrane and fully taped seams give the pant guaranteed waterproof and breathable protection, and a 2-layer HyVent membrane and fully taped seams at the bib make sure you stay dry from your chest to your ankles while you plow down those powder-capped peaks.

A relaxed fit leaves plenty of room in the Free Thinker for mid-layers on the coldest days, and the adjustable waist tabs ensure you get the ideal fit no matter how many layers you have on. Zippers at the inner thigh and center front let out some steam while you hike up mountains, and you can remove the bib and suspenders for a sunny day at the ski resort. The ankle gaiters hook to your boots to keep snow out of them, and cuff-zips—which The North Face reinforced for durability—help you pull the pants over your boots. Water-resistant zippers at the pockets and vents prevent snow from seeping in. And the cargo pockets feature the Loft Lift System to prevent bulk.

  • Gore-Tex Pro 3-layer pant, fully taped seams
  • HyVent 2-layer bib, fully taped seams
  • Relaxed fit
  • Flap-cover zip inner-thigh vents, center front zip vent
  • Reinforced cuffs with cuff-zip gussets
  • Removable bib and suspenders
  • Stretch gaiter with gripper elastic and boot hook
  • Water-resistant zippers on pockets and vents
  • Adjustable waist tabs, belt loops with clip-in integration
  • Cargo pockets with the Loft Lift System
  • Recco reflector
  • The North Face Steep Series

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5 5

Perfect for tall and skinny!

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

I am 6'1 tall with endless legs, which is good on any other occasion but buying skiwear. I like my pants narrow (old school) yet I needed pants that are technical and totally waterproof for extreme conditions. I tried Arcteryx bib-pants earlier, long ones were good, but not very attractive and the bib-part were going in the middle of my breast, did not feel comfortable. Took a risk and ordered these instead online. I had ever tried the freethinker jacket earlier, which I loved, too bad cannot find it in S. These pants are not exactly narrow (I would say they are baggy for my narrow taste, mine are S) yet the waist is small (gusset part is fairly short, which might turn some curvy people off) but the length in tall is perfect! The finishings, the material, everything else is just gorgeous, well made and has all the requirements for hardcore skiing. I am very very very happy! Highly recommended for tall and lanky ladies out there. I wear 26 inch jeans with 36 inseam, for the record. These are not for very curvy bottomed, (I have flat as pancake behind), so curvy girls might find these ill-fitting. Positive surprise from North Face!

3 5

Not made for curvy people

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

There's no insulation on these pants so you're probably going to want at least some long underwear underneath. The way they fit though if you get a bigger size, it's going to be too baggy in the legs if you get a bigger size so your hips will fit. I ended returning and getting the arcterx stingray pant which fits a lot better. I really liked the removable bib on these; I just wish they fitted better.
Using for: snowshoeing in high sierras and in bounds snowboarding

4 5

Great fit

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

The pants give good freedom of movement without being too baggy. The blue is a nice bright colour. Good pockets. Drawstring for pulling the pant legs up is good for short people like me! Just wish there was a little pocket in the bib.

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I have a pair of the Arcteryx Theta SV...

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I have a pair of the Arcteryx Theta SV Bibs. I like them, but find the legs too skinny and not baggy enough. I believe this is is how they are supposed to fit...slimmer for better hiking up. But I actually prefer a baggier, more freeride fit. Are these wider in the leg, especially the leg opening/bottom cuff, than those Arcteryx bibs? Thanks!