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    Don't get stung by the weather—let the best materials available protect you.

    If you get buzzed over the pursuit of technical first descents, trust the Arc'teryx Men's Stinger Bib Pant to look after your lower extremities. Rough and tumble nylon wears a smooth poker face but can stand up to the abuse of weeklong tours and days full of nothing but tricks and flips and cliffs. Gore-Tex Pro fabric is guaranteed waterproof, guaranteed breathable, and stands up to all the daily abuse you can dish out. With the bib's streamlined Expedition fit, extra high bib, and large-volume thigh pockets, you’ll be making first tracks in that honey bucket of a couloir before anyone at work notices you’ve flown the hive.

    Extra-large nylon yarns are tightly woven together to create a slick, abrasion-resistant surface. It's not non-stop squats and extra-large thighs that cause this bib to whisper while you walk. Nylon is rigid, and per the Arc'teryx engineers, a little rasp for your rail-riding means your pants are almost as tough as you are. The Gore-Tex Pro 3L laminate lets hot air escape without letting the snowfall it. When you're kicking your way up the mountain, side zips open up for rapid cooling or simply to show a little leg.

    Anatomical design and articulated knees give you freedom of movement for easier uphill charges. The ergonomic 3-dimensional patterning lets you layer as needed without puffing out the pant profile. Kaprotec instep guards and Cordura cuffs protect the pant from crampon teeth, boot bruises, and sharp edges. The bib gives your belly a bit more protection than a jacket alone, and all but eliminate the chances you'll share a, um, vertical grin with your ski buddies.

    • Gore-Tex Pro 3L
    • Fully taped seams
    • Expedition fit, e3D patterning
    • Quick-adjust suspenders
    • Cordura powder cuffs
    • Keprotec instep guards
    • 3/4-length side zips
    • Item #ARC3669

    Tech Specs

    [face fabric] 80D nylon plain weave, DWR finish, [membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex Pro (3-layer), [lining] nylon
    fully taped
    2 bib, 2 thigh
    Side Zips
    yes, 3/4 length
    Claimed Weight
    (medium) 1 lb 5.9 oz
    Recommended Use
    skiing, snowboarding
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Perfect for touring!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 130lbs

    These pant's have all the right features a touring pant should have. The bib is high enough to keep snow out, but not too high that you overheat. Speaking of overheating, these pants have HUGE side vents that allow a ton of air flow, and the fly/front zip also doubles as a vent, so it's super easy to dump heat on the way up. There are also two large thigh pockets that are great for carrying snacks, cell phone, pass, etc, and a two smaller bib pockets that fit most beacons. Last, thing I love about these pants is the thin suspender straps that fit perfect under backpack straps. In my opinion Arcteryx really crushed it with the design of this pant and I would highly recommend them to anyone who spends a lot of time in the backcountry.

    awesome bibs!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: large
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 215lbs

    These are bombproof and a fantastic design. With gore pro and a great fit, these are your go to for the deepest of days or if you love the bib protection on a daily basis. They have great zippers and 3/4 zip for ventilation which makes them great for the uphill when touring.

    I 100% Agree with Forbes S.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    I had Thetas before like Forbes did as well and this has fixed all of the complains I had with those--mostly pockets and tight fit around stomach. His reveiw below is spot on. These are a fantastic all around shell. Extremely high quality. Love them!

    Great Bibs!

      I just got these for my fiance and he loves them for his new ski pants! The drop seat is a big pleaser given that they are bibs. The gore-tex works great and even on the wettest days he stays dry. They fit great on him. The side vents are a huge benefit for touring days.

      Bullet proof, but baggy

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: medium
      • Height: 5'9"
      • Weight: 158lbs

      Like all Arc'teryx these are bullet proof pants and so far, have been impervious to the weather and moisture. However, the legs, hip and seat area are incredibly baggy. The waist and stomach area are perfect and then they balloon down to your boots. I could fit a pack of monkeys in them and they would think they were alone. Even if you want to layer, a lot, there is no reason for that much room and I suspect they will get in the way when mountaineering with a harness, ropes, tools. Not great design or manufacturing. btw, I am 5'9 158lbs.

      So far so good

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Weight: 165lbs

      I've had my stingers for over a month now and I've mostly used them for touring thus far and the legs fit perfect with plenty of room compared to the Thetas which are too tight for ski boots and range of motion in my opinion. Plus the pockets on the stingers are perfectly laid out and big enough to fit more than half a granola bar in *cough*theta*cough. I am a 33-34 waist and they fit snug but not tight around the keg. Plus you can rock em fly down should you feel so inclined.
      I haven't had a real hot day yet but the leg zips have kept my shell climate in check. On a side note I open my vents before I get warm, generally as soon as I start climbing ill unzip them. Seems like some reviewers might not be doing that.
      Nothing negative to say so far but I'll be back should anything come up and if you'd like to check up on current feedback you can ask for

      Worked great for me!

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

      I read some of the reviews about the fit being off, but found that they fit great for me. The Arcteryx Stinger Bibs have been great for touring as well as resort skiing. The Cobalt color looks great in person, the blue zippers are a cool accent, and taped seams combined with welded zippers make this pretty bomb proof.

      Problematic for alpine touring.. :(

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: L
      • Height: 6'2"
      • Weight: 185lbs

      This review is for ski-touring use of the pant.

      Most people I know use the theta, which has rather slim legs. I've compared the stinger with the theta head to head in the store (doing squats), and it was obvious that the stinger, with their spacious legs, gives a much better freedom for movement.

      Another issue I have with the theta is that there's too few and too small pockets. It's great to have quick access to snacks, gloves, cap, camera, etc.. etc... You are more likely to be wearing a shell pant than a jacket when you're ascending, so pockets on the jacket don't cover this for me. If you're in a group, it's very nice to be able to fetch out some snacks without having to stop and halt the people behind you. The stinger has all the pockets you'll ever need, huge thumb up.

      I therefore find it extremely frustrating that Arcteryx have dropped the full zippered legs on the stinger. It's so close to being the perfect shell pants for skiing, but this flaw ruins everything. A good ventilated pant can be worn on the way up, even in the spring. The stinger can not. The ventilation zipper is way to short to give decent flow-through for when the going gets tough. And if you're wearing a jacket, the little slit that's left for ventilation becomes a joke. Combine this with not being able to put these on without having to take off your ski boots and you got a problem. Too warm to wear them up, and too much trouble putting them on once you're on the top. I find myself having to plan when to put them on (lunch-break) and then just live with being drenched in sweat for the last part of the ascent.

      I can't live with this anymore. I won't be jumping off a cliff, but I will have to find another go to pant for my winter activity. So close to being perfect. Extremely frustrating. Really hope Arcteryx sort this out for next season. Don't understand all those pockets and the spacious legs, if they're only aiming for the ski resort users.. Makes no sense to me.

      I see most people online say that they run large, but I would rather say that they are true to size, but with a model that has more spacious legs than the rest of arcteryx pants.

      Good review for Alpine touring.. I have the Theta SV bibs, and I agree there is a lack of pockets for snacks, or say a beacon pocket. The side zips are full length, at least. I tried the Lithic comp too, in a large but the pant legs were very slim; barely room for knee pads (for tele) , and anything in the thigh pockets was binding.
      The Theta SV does have enough room for tele knee pads, at least.
      For now I use the side pockets on my pack waistband, for snacks and a small P&S camera I can access on the climb with my Theta SV bibs. . But still looking for a bib pant with more pockets like the Stinger Bibs.
      Thanks for pointing out side zips aren't full length. I usually skin up with no jacket on, just a Nano Puff over the bibs.


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Small
      • Height: 5'8"
      • Weight: 160lbs

      Gore Tex Pro keeps you dry and breathes pretty well. The Stingers are super light, especially for bibs. The side vents are easy to open / close and 4 pockets offer plenty of storage. The fit is perfect, loose without being super baggy. and the Hinto color is bitchin!

      Completely disappointed-TWICE!

      • Size Bought: medium
      • Height: 5'7"
      • Weight: 165lbs

      I had very high expectations for these bibs. I purchased the first pair in 2014 and wore them for half a season. They seemed a perfect, light-weight option for the limited boot-packing I was doing off the lift.
      Then at some point in March 2014 the pants started to wet out. I noticed the seat of my pants were wet and figured I had left a zipper open or snow had somehow slid down the back of my jacket and into my pants. I checked everything and found no gaps or openings. I was in shock. I couldn't believe an item of this stature would fail.
      I decided to ski them one more day, largely because I was in disbelief. I took them out the following day and experienced exactly the same thing, so I contacted Arcteryx and initiated the return process (Arcteryx return policy is the reason these bibs receive any stars in my review). Arcteryx staff was quite helpful and my return was processed quickly, unfortunately, they were out of this item, so I waited until 2015 to replace my pants.

      I got my new bibs in August, sent them to Rainy Pass Repairs in Seattle, and waited for snow.

      First day out this year, December, and the very same thing. Wet in the seat of the pants on the first day, and to top it off, I spent an extra 150 having these tailored by Rainy Pass.

      I have to think there is something wrong with the materials used in this pant. I own several other Arcteryx items and have used Arcteryx pants and jackets extensively and not had any complaints. There is something seriously flawed with this bib.

      Run don't walk.

      Poor fit

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: small
      • Height: 5'8"
      • Weight: 145lbs

      These are billed as their ski pants compared to the Theta SV but I found the fit to be significantly more "accommodating," like they're really designed for very thick layers for frigid mountaineering.

      No room in the crotch.

      Per the item's description:
      " The ergonomic 3-dimensional patterning lets you layer as needed without puffing out the pant profile."
      If you're looking for a less-accommodating pant try the Stingray or Cassiar pants, as they feature a trimmer fit.

      Awesome Resort Ski Pants

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

      For bib-lovers, these are a great option for resort riding. The mid height bibs are great for providing more protection on deep days, but not a full chest height bib that can be too hot on warmer days. Another great feature of the bib is that these have a very light elastic "cuff" thru the waist, so when you want to take off the suspenders, there's enough hold there to keep the pants from falling down.

      The gore text pro is amazing for storm riding - nothing penetrates it. Even though these are a bomber shell, they're remarkably lightweight. In that sense, they're a great compliment to the Arc'teryx Rush jacket.

      My only qualms with the Stinger Bibs is are the pockets and the cut of the bottom cuff opening. The pockets up on the bib are really small and not gusseted at all, making them useless for anything but small stuff like chapstick. And even then, because the pocket is so tight, it's hard to fish the chapstick out.

      As for the bottom cuff, it seems to ride up my ski boots a little bit (see photo). It's just a little bit of ride up, which I think it caused by the articulation in the knee. Not a big deal but in a perfect world they would stay down a bit.

      Overall, these are great Bib and I highly recommend them. I'm 5'11" and a slender 150lbs and a Medium fits pretty well. Maybe if they were slightly longer I wouldn't have that ride-up problem. Otherwise the fit is great.

      Awesome Resort Ski Pants

      Amazing pants.

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

      These pants are great for all conditions. Two huge front pockets that are great for string mittens. nice vents along the the side which are quite handy when touring back up.

      Great bibs

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

      I got these to replace an old pair of Patagonia Primo pants. It's been tough to find good hardshell pants with suspenders (not a belt) to keep the freedom of movement for both backcountry and resort skiing. What an upgrade these are. I'm 6'1", 175 lbs and got a Large. The fit is loose, but by no means baggy. Plenty of room to get full leg bends and not feel like you're going to bust a seam, but not enough fabric that it flaps around when you're ripping down the trails. The waist stretches plenty, and the bib has some room to spare for layering underneath. I have a 34" inseam and had no trouble with the length.

      They seem durable so far, having survived a fair amount of New England tree skiing without a scratch. I was worried the fabric wouldn't be breathable enough for touring, but I've yet to use the thigh vents up to about 30F. The loose fit helps a lot with air circulation on the way up.

      The bib pockets are the perfect size for a phone and wallet when riding lifts, though they sit under the waist belt of my day pack, which is a bit of a pain for touring. I don't put much other than a facemask in the thigh pockets, but they're plenty big enough to keep a map or pair of gloves. The two-way front zipper is also handy for relieving yourself.

      I haven't had them in a full-on storm yet, so I can't comment on the wetting out issue people seem to be having. All-in-all awesome pants. Get them while they're on sale!

      Stinger Bib Falls Short of the Mark

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

      After extensive research on these pants and positive remarks by Blister Gear review, I decided to pull the trigger.


      Out of the box the N80Pp-X fabric felt much more supple than expected, but still rugged. The Keprotec instep and Cordura cuff add durability for climbing with crampons, though it would be nice to see the fabric go an inch higher and wider for added protection.

      **Update: After 22 days of use the buttox region blew out in a big 3" tear along the seam. They were not sliced by a rock or any sharps.

      Features + Fit:

      The waterproof zippers work well. With three zippers each you can very easily open or close them for dumping heat or if nature calls. The storage pockets on the chest are perfectly sized for batteries, headlamps, multi-tools etc. The leg pockets are cavernous and accommodate gloves very nicely. The suspenders adjust easily and can accommodate a wide variety of heights, but the pants are geared towards tall slender folks. Personally the athletic fit through the torso was not an issue for me, but is something to consider if you have a few extra pounds or are broad.


      In good weather these pants perform very well. Zippers do not ice up and they do not ride up like other bib pants. I switched back to Gore-Tex for harsh weather waterproof performance in the snow, sleet, and freezing rain while skiing, digging snowpits, mountaineering, etc. Storm riding lift serviced laps the pants wet out after a few hours and I was left cold and wet the rest of the day. At first I thought it was a fluke, but every wet day in the mountains so far this year I've come home wet. This wet out is due to a change in the DWR coating used and is a known issue. It can be refreshed with normal washing, but is not as resilient.

      Bottom Line:

      These pants have better features and a better fit than any pant I've owned, but the waterproofing technology needs refinement. Durability suspect.

      Stinger Bib Falls Short of the Mark

      performance review

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs large

      finally got the XXL, the XL were just irritiating me

      the XXL are humongous.


      .they are way too big in all areas. seat waitst they fall downwithout the braces up legs are, well u dont feel the material what so ever, BUT the best hing is the lenght is perfect!!!!!

      i like loose. i hate tight restrictiong clothes like a cat hates a bath.

      the xxl are miles too big but.. i will never change them!!!!

      a good pair of themals underneath, utterly sensational..utterly sensational was-10 plus wind sp prob more like -15 ish and these killed it .

      the pockets are HUGE u can put a pair of goggels in the leg pockets or a glove in each pocket NO probs and not feel them!

      the mini pockets o nthe waist line or rather tummy line are for phone ,money what ever.really good.


      what wind??????

      bullet proof.

      used the patagonia powder bowl pants the day after as a comparison, both are brand new, thers a time and palcefor both

      these are absolute no brainers for any kind of walking, hiking, tough stuff uhave to do, the patagonia are just warm. delish pants but u HAVE toi hae a longer jacket with them powder skirt or not.

      the arcteryx i have a climbing jaket with then, ate it up and spat it out. no isees at all.

      light as a feather.

      unfortunatly im done for ski gear now for a long long time

      these duds ARE the aboslute nuts.

      Has anyone else had issues with wet through? Mine were brand new at the beginning of the season. Seems very uncharacteristic for Pro-Shell.

      Best Answer

      Spoke with Arc'teryx. DWR coatings have changed in recent years to address environmental concerns surrounding fluorocarbons. (C8 fluorocarbons containing POFA and PFOS) The C6 class of fluorocarbons is the one currently in use and has lower performance. Currently the C6 class is in its first iteration and manufacturers have had wet out issues with them. Future iterations of C6 will improve.

      Where can we get some of the old style fluorocarbons? Is there a black market resource? I've noticed a lot of new goretex\waterproof materials wetting out and seems like the old Nikwax (etc..) re proofing worked better. Thanks for finding out Ryan!!

      Do the leg side zippers go from thigh to bottom? I need long side zippers to facilitate putting on/taking off my knee braces. Also, is the front zipper two way so as to facilitate urinating?

      Hi Jim,

      The Side zippers on the Stinger Bibs do not go down to the cuff, so they will be difficult to use with knee braces. I would look at either the Arc'teryx Beta AR pant or the Alpha SV bib. Both have very long side zips and snow gaiters that open up to facilitate putting them on over boots, crampons and knee braces.

      Hi. I'm 5'9 195lbs and was wondering if a...

      Hi. I'm 5'9 195lbs and was wondering if a large would be to big or if a med would be better fit. Thanks.

      Best Answer


      It really has more to do with waist size. If you are around a 33 in waist the medium would be best, a Large has a waist size of about 36 in. You can see the full sizing chart above under the size selection choice on backcountry, or here on the Arc'Teryx website: