Cottonwoods Gore-Tex Bib Pant
Why We Like It
Even on the deepest storm days, winter finds us lapping fresh lines courtesy of our Cottonwoods Bibs. We built these with everything needed to stay dry in the wettest of snow so that we can explore off-trail in the deep stuff, have our way with spring corn on the groomers, and continue going even when near-blizzard conditions chase everyone else away. Their burly Gore-Tex construction defends against all manners of moisture, even from the inside, and we designed them to integrate seamlessly with the powder skirt on our matching Cottonwoods Jacket, so we stay tight as a drum in the stormiest of weather.
Benchmark for waterproof, breathable performance
Gore-Tex is a synthetic laminate that features thousands of tiny holes small enough to prevent water droplets from penetrating but large enough to allow water vapor to escape. This combination prevents snow and rain from reaching layers while still allowing hot air and water vapor to escape, managing moisture from external and internal sources.
Low-weight breathability for chasing goals
3-layer construction is more breathable, more packable, more durable, and lighter than its 2-layer counterpart, so it thrives during strenuous efforts in the worst weather. This construction features a technical laminate attached directly to a face fabric and a backer. Though it’s called 3-layer, the design works more like a single layer that seals out the weather while releasing excess heat and moisture. In this process, the face and backer provide protection while the laminate does the heavy lifting of sealing out water and releasing moisture.
Keeps even the sneakiest moisture at bay
Even the highest-rated membranes won’t do a whole lot of good if the seams between aren’t defended. We fully seal every seam on our technical outerwear, so melting snow doesn’t find its way into baselayers.
Modern style with room for layers
Our regular fit is built with inbounds resort riding in mind. The cut accommodates multiple insulated layers for the coldest days on hill, while still tapering in just the right places to provide a clean look that’s at home across the world.
Designed to thrive in lift-accessed terrain
Built with daily use in mind, our resort-oriented outerwear features a durable and waterproof construction that keeps you covered through changing weather and holds up to daily wear and tear.
- Backcountry Exclusive
- Bomber protection when you're skiing or riding in wet, snowy weather
- Burly Gore-Tex fabric delivers waterproof, breathable performance
- Articulated knee patterning and stretch panels enable full mobility
- Inner-thigh ventilation points can be zipped open for cool air
- Internal gaiters keep snow from creeping into your boots as you ski
- Scuff guards defend your pants from sharp edges or crampons
- Multiple pockets provide a stash for everything from goggles to pass
- Adjustable waist gives you a secure yet comfortable fit
- Item #BCC00EZ
What do you think about this product?
March 16, 2020
I feel that these bibs will take anything I can throw at them, this also makes them pretty warm. Probably the most rugged pant I have ever owned. GORE-TEX PRO is no joke. The fit on these bibs is a little big so I would recommend sizing down. If you wanted something more breathable and lighter I would look for items with GORE-TEX performance. The bibs have an adjustable waist with elastic Velcro as well as Velcro that adjusts bib strap length. I love these pants and would definitely purchase them again. They are great for resort skiing. I fell a bunch trying to land a new trick in deep powder and never got snow up or down them!
March 10, 2020
Backcountry Cottonwoods Bib pants
Purchased these bib pants in Nov.19. Started using them in Jan.20. The right leg gaiter is falling apart. Expected them to last longer than 20 days skiing. Not happy. Have talked to Warranty Dept. at Backcountry. Waiting to hear back from them.
February 12, 2020
I have nearly three months on these bibs now. They're rugged, waterproof, and all around awesome. The fit on them is excellent, with actriculation in the knees and crotch that provides mobility for boot packs. The outer fabric is super reinforced along the boots, and durable everywhere else. I also LOVE the myriad of pockets, with several pant pockets of different sizes and shapes as well as two veristale bib pockets for a beacon or a gaiter. These pants are pretty heavy though. They are made with Gore-Tex, which guarantees a waterproof and breathable fabric, but I will still be grabbing my Rush LT pants for touring as those are more breathable and lighter than these bibs. However I will be grabbing these for any big sends I am working towards and for every inbound day for the next couples years. I can trust that the fabric on these pants will hold up to every branch, rock, and edge that might come across them, and I can trust that the Gore-Tex membrane will keep me warm and dry no matter the conditions.
February 11, 2020
Fits Bigger Dudes
Me, I'm 6'4" 235, 35" inseam and 36" waist. Jeans are impossible for me because my thighs create a larger diameter than my waist (anybody who squats heavy understands). I tried the "L" first. The waist fit, but the legs were too tight to function fully. The upper was snug but comfy. I figured I'd try out the XL. Way different fit than the L. The pants portion is now super baggy, but the upper is barely any larger than the L. This would be fine as a bib, but if I plan to use these as pants then I'll need a belt becasue the waist is huge. No possible way the built in velcro belt will sinch down enough. As far as quality, these are top notch. Have been out a few times in them (sledding and skiing) in both dry and wet snow and could not be happier. These are just a shell so it is nice to have a bit baggier to be able to layer on those cold days. 8/10 would recommend. Only 4 stars because the waist is way to big in pant mode vs bib mode.
January 19, 2020
I've been in the market for a pair of bibs for some time now. I am used to splitboarding in Dakine lookout pants which are lightly insulated and really just wanted a shell bib that could zip off into pants when I needed them. I took them on a 4 day hut trip and definitely put them to the test. As far as durability go these are amazing for the price. I was in heavy snow and days where we experienced 40mph gusts and I was not cold at all to my surprise. The weatherproofing is fantastic and also kept me dry I do want to point out a few things. The zippered pocket does not seem to have a hook/loop to tether an avalanche transceiver too. This was pretty disappointing because the promotional videos show a transceiver being stowed in this pocket. I assumed it would be what is usually deemed a "transceiver approved pocket". The transceiver fits but I like having something to tether to. The right large pocket on the pant leg has an elastic band which you could connect a beacon lanyard to if that isn't a deal breaker for you. The reviews are true. They run big. The Dakine Lookout pant is "loose" but definitely not as loose as these however, as a snowboarder, I prefer a baggy pant and I don't think it is overkill. The velcro straps are a nice addition to keeping the waist up with an option for a belt. I have an arcade belt which works nicely with these bibs. I'm a little surprised that Backcountry.com recommended use is "lift accessible terrain". I think these are great for touring in the backcountry and the articulated knee patterns are great for touring. They breathe incredibly well and can handle the abuse of the Colorado backcountry. Also, this is a little hard to see in the promo video. The inner thigh vents are webbed to keep snow from entering the inside of the pant leg just in case you forget to zip them back up on the downhill.
January 14, 2020
worked for 8 days
These are pretty interesting. As other reviews have gone, they are a bit baggy. This was nice for me, as I'm 6'4" and 220 lbs. Seeing backcountry as a company that makes durable items, I bought these to Telemark ski in. This means I'd be doing tele drops in them, and when I tried them on they moved well, even my kneepads fit well under them. Pros: -Waterproofing is great. Very waterproof, even on wet days in the PNW. -Bibs and pockets associated are great, easy for storage and access. Cons: -the button on the bottom of the leg already ripped off on one side. Honesty, they shouldn't even have these. The pant is baggy enough to pull over any ski easily. -The crotch has already ripped through the stitching. This could very well be due to me telemarking, but I wish they would have lasted more than 8 days. As much as these weigh, it would be good for them to put some more heavy duty stitching on all seams. -As I stated before, they are slightly heavy. Now this is only a con because being heavier they should be more durable (as I stated before). Since Backcountry only has a 30 day return policy, I'll be patching them together to keep working, but I hope their design team works hard to improve these in next year's model.
January 30, 2020
Hey Tyler, All our gear is has a lifetime warranty! If you have breaking buttons and loose stitching, you can totally send those back and get a new pair or your refund back. Reach out to email@example.com, or to me directly, and we'll be able to help.
December 25, 2019
Not worth the $
I am 5’11” 175 lbs ordered medium. They are a bit short and seem restricting. I unsnapped the lower snap on pant leg to unzip and the snap ripped off! First time unsnapping it lol. For the price I thought the quality should be much better. Will return.
December 17, 2019
Weird Cut- Baggy and Short
Great fabric, nice and waterproof, feels very durable. Love the pockets and the bib overall straps, more or less a great build with a weird cut. Not sure if i'm headed to the ski hill or a 90's rap music video recording when I put these on. The description says there's room for layers underneath, but I think they went overboard with that room. I could put some fleece layers, some regular snow pants, and still have room for more. I am 6'1 and 190 Lbs. I didnt go with Medium since I feared they would be too short. The larges are too short for me. If I sit down the inner gaiter slips off my boot. These are adequate and they will get the job done, but the cut will stick out like a sore thumb.
December 16, 2019
These are cut super baggy
I'm 6'2" 180 with a 32 waist and got a medium. I loved the features but the cut is terrible. I'm not sure who the fit model was but I'm swimming in these compared to other pants I own. I unfortunately have to return them because they fit so poorly.
December 13, 2019
I was fortunate enough to be one of the product testers for this item and I give it two thumbs up. I have worked as a snowboard instructor and the uniforms I would wear had a similar Gore-Tex outer layer but this item in particular was much nicer to wear. It is easier to move in than most other Gore-Tex Products. It isn't stretchy but it is more flexible and movable than most of the ski pant's I've worn. It breathes really well and is super waterproof. As one of the product testers I was put into a shower while wearing this with the corresponding jacket doing all sorts of exercises and movement's and did not get wet at all, it was pretty fun to test out. The feature of being able to convert the bibs to pants as well is very unique. When I ski and board I like using the bibs so that no snow gets under my clothes, then when I snow hike it's nice to shed the bib. The amount of pocket space in and zippers is a great addition as well, I feel like I can keep all of my personal effects on me without needing a ski-pack. The vent works very well when you need that little extra breath-ability. Overall these are a must, especially for the price, you cannot beat this Gore-Tex product, It is one of the most amazing pieces of equipment you can have in your winter wardrobe.
December 13, 2019
Perfect size, Perfect gift
I got these as a gift for my boyfriend and he absolutely loves them! At first I was super worried they wouldn't fit because once I took them out of the package, the fit looked a little awkward. The fit was perfect since they are super adjustable and he was able to cinch the waist down pretty well since he's super slim. Lots of pockets for everything he'll need to bring and very flexible as well! Goretex material is great quality! So I know my boyfriend has a 30 waist and inseam is about a 32. At first it might look like the sizing looks off, but definitely remember that the straps are adjustable and you can cinch the waist down as well!
December 13, 2019
Warm and durable
These bibs will definitely keep you warm. When I wear these bibs I don't even layer, just these bibs and a shell. I do run hot though. They are durable. They aren't very stretchy or flexible, better options out there if you want more stretch. I am 6'0, 180lbs and usually wear a size 32 pant. The medium fit me well.
December 3, 2019
I took these for a couple pre-season hikes and took some big falls and saw no wear. The breath-ability in these is great. However I would make sure to check the size chart I usually wear an XL in most thing but it was a little to baggy for my liking even with all the straps tight as possible
November 30, 2019
Fits bigger guys
I'm on the larger side, but I like the coverage of a bib snow pant. It is hard to find a bib that will fit my waist without being ridiculously big everywhere else. I decided to give these a try. They are are a little tight in the waist and little long, but they basically fit my 5'11" 240 frame. They are well constructed except the uppers use non-waterproof zippers, so there are two different zipper types used on the pants. Probably won't matter much, but seems like a cost saving decision. The removable bib seems a bit gimmicky. I bought these because I wanted a bib and probably won't utilize that feature. Overall the construction quality is good for the price versus other brands.
November 21, 2019
Who was the model they cut the bibs to?
Recently purchased but going to have to return. I am 6' 175lbs, and was SWIMMING in the mediums. Length is right, but the cut is just off. Each leg whole was massive, but the waist was low. Quality seemed good, goretex material with lots of well placed pockets, but be weary of size.
November 16, 2019
Impressed so far
I just the Cottonwood bib. I got dressed in full gear, which includes protective equipment underneath bib. Because of protective gear, I need to buy bigger so everything fits underneath and still leaves room for maneuverability. I have always preferred bibs to pants to prevent snow going down the backside into pants. The problem has always been that most bibs are too tight and don't leave enough room layering depending on the weather. I got dressed in full gear and had more then enough room without feeling tight in the waist or chest when bending over to strap in and out of snowboard bindings. Plenty of pockets but still wish bib would have the two hand pockets instead of just one. I can't wait to try them out on the mountain in December, on first trip of the season. I like relaxed/ loose fit for more comfort and not feeling restricted with movement. I am 5' 9" and 190 and buy XL. If like more space these will definitely work. I will update after riding in them after first trip of the season.
January 14, 2020
I've done two trips to Mammoth now. First trip was in snow storm with 20-30 mph winds. Never got cold and stayed warm and dry the entire time. Only time felt the cold was when sitting on lift and they didn't clean the seat and sitting on ice. The second trip the winds were blowing 50-70 mph. Again never got cold and stayed warm and dry. As far people saying they are too baggy, not at all. I ride with with protective pants and knee pads and they are comfortable. People have to realize not everyone likes form fitting. Its nice to have extra room when you bending over constantly to strap in and out if your bindings. If you don't like a loose fit then these are not for you. If you like riding in comfort and great protection these are for you. I highly recommend them
October 30, 2019
New Favorite Bibs
After having a lot of trial and error with bibs from several brands, I was stoked after a few days on the mountain with these. The material feels durable and I'd imagine they'll stand the test of time. There's enough pockets and features for everything you want and need. The sizing runs true, however, I have a 31 waist and found them a little on the bigger side even when adjusted fully. That only makes a difference when removing the bib portion. Above all, these are awesome and I'm looking forward to more deep days with them.
December 18, 2019
Chase...what gloves are those you’re wearing in the picture?
January 21, 2020
Angelo B. those are hestra fall line gloves
October 30, 2019
Bomber and comfy!
I wore this out last winter and I was thoroughly impressed, the fabric feels like nothing is going to get through it, very tough! Essentially a free ride bib that can take abuse if needed. Runs true to size as well, I wore a medium. There are excellent pockets on this, for maps, beacon pocket, one waist pocket for your keys or phone. There are inner thigh vents too which is nice to keep you cool if you are boot packing. I wouldn't take this out touring but if you need a bib for free-riding, side country missions and need something that is going to last you a few years? Look no further, feel free to reach out if you have questions.
December 1, 2019
Hey! Wondering if i should go M or L in sizing. I'm 6 feet, 190lb, and 32 waist. Thanks!
December 13, 2019
Will, I would go M. I am 6' 190 LBS , got large but wish I would have gotten Mediums - these are cut very baggy
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February 5, 2020
I wear between a 36x32 or 34x32 pant depending on the brand. Should I shoot for a L or XL
February 17, 2020
Hi John - If you like your bibs more fitted I would go with a large, if you like them a bit baggier and room to layer underneath, I would go with an XL!
December 3, 2019
When do you expect to have black mediums back in stock?
December 4, 2019
HI Tim, We won't be receiving any more inventory until next fall, sorry you missed these. If you contact a Gearhead they'll let you know what inventory we have in stock. Ben
November 21, 2019
Will you have these in the orange color that was in the description video?
November 22, 2019
Hi Jason - unfortunately we've already sold out of the "Gingerbread" colorway. They went fast! We do, however, still have that color available in the Cottonwoods jacket.
November 25, 2019
Hey Jason. We actually have two units in the gingerbread currently - one M and one XL. If you contact a Gearhead quickly via email, phone or chat we could get it setup for you. Cheers, Evan
November 20, 2019
I’m 5’9 With waist size of 33 and 34 on jeans. Would you rec the med or large?
November 20, 2019
Hi Iqbal - We recommend a size Medium. Hope you like them!
October 24, 2019
What are the height/weight of the model? Is he wearing a larger size as a “snowboarder”?
October 24, 2019
Hi! The model is 6’0, 170 lbs wearing a medium! Let me know if you need anything else.
October 13, 2019
Is this stocked at your west valley store?
October 14, 2019
It sure is!
October 11, 2019
What is the black top that the model is wearing with these pants, i cant seem to find it.
October 14, 2019
Hi Kevin, That style hasn't gone live yet, but it's our Men's Grid Fleece Pullover. The Women's version is live on site but our Men's version shipped late. We'll be happy to email you when it arrives! Best, Andy
October 31, 2019
Hi Kevin - the product is now live here: https://www.backcountry.com/backcountry-grid-fleece-pullover-mens?skid=BCC00FK-ENSBL-S&ti=Ok5ldyBBcnJpdmFsczoxOjQ6
October 7, 2019
Do the thigh vents open completely, or is there a mesh liner inside to stop snow from coming in?
October 8, 2019
Hi Julian, The thigh vents are mesh lined to stop snow from coming in. Enjoy! Ben