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Backcountry Cottonwoods GORE-TEX Bib Pant - Women's

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Why We Built The Cottonwoods Gore-Tex Bib Pant

Excuse us while we head out to find some waist-deep powder stashes this winter—we've got the eager help of our Cottonwoods Bibs, you see. We built these with everything needed to stay dry in the wettest of sidecountry or full-blizzard conditions. Using a burly Gore-Tex construction, the Cottonwoods defend against all manner of moisture, even from the inside, and we designed them to integrate seamlessly with our paired Cottonwoods Jacket, so we'll be safe and dry when we land those fresh turns.

  • Backcountry Exclusive
  • Burly hardshell pants for skiing or riding in wet, snowy weather
  • Tough Gore-Tex fabric delivers waterproof, breathable performance
  • Articulated knees and stretchy side panels ensure easy mobility
  • Unzip the inner thighs when you need to cool off between runs
  • Internal gaiters block sneaky snow when you find yourself in powder
  • Scuff guards give your pants a longer lifespan despite crampons
  • Multiple pockets hold all essentials from gloves to goggles to pass
  • Adjustable waist offers a secure and comfortable riding fit
  • Item #BCC00F4

Material
[membrane/laminate] GORE-TEX (3-layer), [face fabric] 70D 100% nylon, [lining] 100% nylon, [side panels] 95% polyester, 5% elastane, [scuff guards] KEVLAR®
Seams
fully sealed
Fit
regular
Pockets
1 zippered chest, 1 mesh chest, 1 zippered hand, 2 zippered cargo
Venting
zippered thigh
Waist
hook-and-loop adjustable, snap closure
Bib
zip-off, adjustable suspender system
Gaiters
internal
Claimed Weight
[medium] 1lb 11oz
Recommended Use
all-mountain skiing, all-mountain snowboarding, backcountry skiing, backcountry snowboarding
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 5

Never buying another pair of bibs!!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Large
Height
5` 10"
Weight
150 lbs

I was given this product by Backcountry, but this review is my personal opinion. I used the Backcountry Cottonwoods Bibs on all my snow adventures this winter. I live in Park City so I have access to the largest ski resort in Utah in my very own backyard, which means I snowboard nearly every single day. I have worn these bibs in a variety of conditions from sunny spring skiing weather to windy/blizzard conditions, and freezing temps. The Goretex feature in the Cottonwoods bibs not only never failed to keep me dry in all conditions, but held up against the roughest of riding. The bibs are tough and did not show any sign of wear or tear after taking spills or ripping against tree branches. The fit was perfect for me and I was honestly surprised! I am 5’10” and 150lbs and it is usually hard to find bibs that fit my long/athletic build. I went with the large for extra length and room for layers. The adjustable waistband helps to customize the bibs to the perfect fit. Front zipper pocket is where my phone lived all winter and the front thigh pocket was where I kept my pass. The long zipper on the side makes going to the bathroom a breeze ladies! Like I’m talking about popping a squat in some obscure trees on the mountain is so fast and easy. Overall I am truly obsessed with these bibs and wore them every single day this winter from Park CIty, to Targhee, to Snowbasin, to Brighton, to Colorado, and beyond. I can’t tell you how many times a gal would stop me in a parking lot or at the post office asking what brand my bibs were. My only feedback is I wish the color selection was a little better (more forest green colors for women gear please!). If you’re on the hunt for the all around functional, durable, comfortable, flattering bibs stop looking and buy these!

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>Rating: 5

Fantastic bib

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Small
Height
5` 3"
Weight
120 lbs

I was given this product by Backcountry, but this review is my personal opinion. This winter I did a lot of skiing and also tried backcountry skiing for the first time. I skied in a variety of conditions ranging from powder, cold windy days, and warm spring days. This bib was perfect for all conditions! I love that the upper part of the bib can zip off so that I have the flexibility to use it both as a bib and pants, and this also makes it easier to get in and out of. The pocket positioning is great and the inner leg vents are great for warmer days. The zippers are somewhat stiff at first but they loosen up over time, and despite the bib being made of thicker material, it’s easy to move around in while skiing. Plus, they’re surprisingly warm for being just a shell. They are also VERY waterproof and the opening of the pant legs is large enough to fit over both ski and snowboard boots while slim enough to still look flattering and not bulky. I’m 5’3”, 120 lbs, waist is 27 and hips is 37. The Small is the best fit for me but the sizing is a little tricky. The Small fits me well around the waist/hips (loose fitting without feeling baggy) and the length of the pants (from waist down) is perfect for my height. But to get the upper bib part to fit, I have to loosen the shoulder straps as loose as they can go, so I suspect that the Small was made for someone a little shorter than me. The one thing I’m not crazy about are the velcro straps that are different from what the photos online show (they show an adjustable sliding/buckle). I wish it wasn’t velcro but regardless, the straps aren’t bad! Overall I love these bibs and would recommend them to my friends. The color I have is Gargoyle.

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>Rating: 4

Love these, but top side zipper...

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 9"
Weight
155 lbs

I really like these bibs, my only complaint is the side zipper of the upper bib constantly comes undone... other than that pockets are great, feel is great. I sized up, because I fall in-between a small and medium, I wanted them to fit a bit looser for comfort skiing.

>Rating: 2

Awesome bib except....

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 4"
Weight
130 lbs

I initially LOVED these bibs. Lots of intelligently placed storage pockets and vents. Unmatched waterproofness/breathability (thanks GORE-TEX). The zip-off bib is great for ease of bathroom use as well as the left-side leg zipper. UNFORTUNATELY the left-side bib zipper does not lock into place when zipped and I spent 3 days constantly stopping mid-mountain to re-zip the side. I actually had to duct tape the zipper so it stayed zipped. It almost totally defeats the purpose of using bibs as opposed to ski pants when your bib is flapping in the wind while carving turns. Backcountry's proprietary brand needs some work and maybe a little more product testing before sending to production for market sales.

>Rating: 5

durable af

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
s
Height
5` 6"
Weight
130 lbs

Bibs are great for skiing powder since you don't have to worry about snow getting into places it shouldn't, but these bibs hold up especially well when you find yourself in a gnarly bushwhacky descent. I've squeezed between many a rough bush and surprise branches and honestly, you couldn't even tell the difference afterwards. They're durable as heck. notable pros: - dedicated beacon pocket with a leash - has a comfortable athletic fit while still having room to slip on down pants for extra insulation - side zips for easier backcountry bathroom breaks (some people seem to have issues here, but if you unzip both side zippers and just pull back that whole back panel it's super easy. No need to fuss with the shoulder straps!) - gore-tex!!! notable cons: - sizing can be a little bit funky, I'd recommend ordering two sizes if you're between like myself - kinda wish it came in pink

Bibs
>Rating: 5

Runs a bit small perfect for ski touring

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 6"
Weight
145 lbs

I am usually in between sizes (S-M) (I am 5’6 and 145lb) so I ordered size M. It fits perfectly. It is a bit snug around my butt and thighs making it just perfect for backcountry skiing. Note that I have very muscular thighs. I absolutely didn’t want these pants to be baggy and I’m glad they fit might pretty tight!

>Rating: 1

No way to zip up on the slopes

You have to be a contortionist to get into these (two zippers, one on the top and another on the bottom) and there is NO WAY you could zip yourself backup in the bathrooms at the ski resorts.

>Rating: 4

Feedback from a Customer:

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

• I was concerned they might not be warm enough because they were not insulated. I was wrong - they were perfect. • I like the idea of being able to choose either bib or take the bib portion off • I did have problems with the side zipper of the bibs. It is really hard to start the zipper. Zipping it was hard too. • I would prefer the zipper in front instead of the side for the entire bib/pant. Hard to see the zipper in relation to my breasts. • It was very hard to maneuver in the rest room. Had to pull straps over head at a weird angle, unzip the side upper zipper then the side lower zipper. Then reverse when all done. It was a hassle and if I didn’t like the bibs so much for everything else - It would be a reason to not get them.

>Rating: 4

runs very small

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
small and medium
Height
5` 3"
Weight
170 lbs

Runs very small, if you have wide hips, do yourself a favor and order two sizes up! I'm usually a small, tried both small and medium. I couldn't zip past my thighs with the medium. Material is very rigid.

>Rating: 5

Great bibs- runs small

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
S
Height
5` 2"
Weight
113 lbs

I bought the cottonwoods for both my wife and I, and we are both very happy with the results. With the right base layers these bibs are well worth the price. We snowboarded in several different conditions: wet, cold, snowy, warm all with the same end result: DRY! I knew from the previous reviews that the women’s bibs ran small, so thank you all for that. Overall quite happy with the purchase and hope to have them for many years going forward. Putting in my wife’s height & weight for context. 5’2” 113 lbs

>Rating: 3

Good

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
medium
Height
5` 5"
Weight
135 lbs

I like these pants. I had the same ones for 15 years so it's hard to make a switch. These have been good. I still get a little cold in the resort but I doubt that would be an issue in the backcountry when you're moving a lot more (also, I have a hard time staying warm in the resort so it's not necessarily the pants). I like all the pockets. I wish these pants were slightly more roomy, the length is good and no issues on the knees telemark skiing. I have a fuller bottom and it pulls a little in the front .I agree with a review below that wearing extra layers makes these feel snug. It would be hard to get more insulation on the legs without feeling like a stuffed sausage. These definitely run a bit small and has a slimmer fit. I wear a patagonia better sweater and long sleeve shirt on my upper layer and it fits fine. I'm 5'5" 135 lbs wearing a size medium. Overall I do like these pants.

>Rating: 5

awesome bibs

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
m
Height
5` 3"
Weight
130 lbs

Great quality and fit. I read other reviews, so knew to order a little larger than I normally wear.

>Rating: 3

Misfit

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
m
Height
5` 3"
Weight
137 lbs

I've had my eye on getting some bibs so gave these a shot. Yeah, no. The fit just felt awkward for me. I'm getting older and things are more round these days! The length was too long, the hips too tight and the torso a bit too big. I'm sure there are enough female skiers out there that a model of pant and jacket could be created that would accomodate those of us with hips. I keep hoping! I'm sure the tallgals wish there were pants with longer legs! These might be the ones!

>Rating: 3

Bottom half fits, but top is too tight

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
XS
Height
5` 6"
Weight
115 lbs

Bought these for my wife. She is typically a xs (size 4) and that was our first order. The material and quality is great. All the pockets and zippers help to make them easy to put on and take off. The pants are composed of a top that zips onto the bottom pants. You can wear the pants without the top. The xs pant size was perfect, but the top bib portion was way to tight. It could barley be zipped on without extra warmth layers. She also mentioned the suspenders connected on the chest which was uncomfortable. We reordered a small and thos pants were too big and awkward, but the top fit. She decided to keep the xs and use without the bib top. Her comment was that the sizing of the top bib seemed like an afterthought.

>Rating: 5

Love the color!

Fit:
Runs small

The hucklyberry color is so pretty! I love how you can zip off the bib part and they become pants!! I have never seen that before and think it is awesome! These are a bit more fitted then many ski/snowboard pants that are very baggy! If you want more room, I would suggesting sizing up!

>Rating: 2

Strange fit

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 5"
Weight
145 lbs

I usually wear a 6/8. The pants were tight in the hip and the thighs were so tight I could barely move. Below the knee they were very wide and very long, so sizing up isn’t going to be an option. I have no idea who these are supposed to fit. I really liked the features and they seemed well made, so I’m super bummed I’ll be returning them.

>Rating: 2

Didn't fit right.

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 6"
Weight
150 lbs

For the money spent I want to love these! However, the fit felt weird. I'm a size 6 usually. The thighs were really tight, and the waist just didn't fit right. I felt stiff. I am going to return these.

>Rating: 2

Really weird fit

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Size Bought
Extra small
Height
5` 1"
Weight
125 lbs

I spent a lot of time looking into getting these because they are so expensive. This was the weirdest pair of bibs I’ve ever tried on. The top half fit well and was comfortable. I love the straps on these. Unfortunately, the bottom half is what fit weird. The thighs were incredibly tight, and then from there down they were huge. I don’t understand what body type these would be best suited for since a bigger size would have resulted in an even larger bottom half. They were dragging on the floor, and the bell bottoms I were incredibly bad. I really would not recommend buying these before trying them on in person, if possible.

Legit, having the same problem.

>Rating: 3

Weird fit and poor stich quality

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 5"
Weight
135 lbs

I ordered 2019's style in a small a few months ago and was bummed they were way too tight for me in the hips (everything else perfect) and returned them. Saw the 2020's came out and got the awesome holiday deal on them and ordered a medium and fits well enough. Just to be sure I also ordered a small to compare and it definitely was a better fit than 2019's small but just a hair too tight for me in the hip so I stuck with the medium. For reference I am 36" around the hip. Unfortunately after one use the stich holding the elastic on the cuff of the leg has broken and come almost all the way off and some of the top stitching was very loose when I received them. Love the zipper construction. Pull the leg zipper all the way down and unzip the horizonal zipper around back for an easy and clean bathroom break indoors or out. Overall, for being 3 layer Gore-tex and bib style which are the two musts for me I am happy with the 2020's medium for the price I got them at.

>Rating: 3

Not the fit I was hoping for

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Size Bought
Xs
Height
5` 2"
Weight
105 lbs

I’m petite and finding snow pants with a shorter inseam is every short girls’ nightmare. I was hoping a bib with some adjustability would do the trick. These didn’t work. The inseam was way too long and the zipper up the side felt tight at the top on my rib cage. I could have sized up but that would only make the inseam worse. Great colors and Gore Tex was only a bit stiff.

>Rating:

Would the zippered chest pocket fit an avy beacon?

Hey Hannah, A beacon would not fit in the zippered pocket. Beacons should be worn with the provided beacon harnesses for safety. This allows the user to access the beacon quickly in an emergency, and it stays secure against the body. It should be worn above the bibs and preferably above the insulation layer. The nonzippered pocket could fit a beacon, and it was made so the user could put skins inside the jacket for multiple laps!

>Rating:

Can you unzip the top part and wear these just as pants?

Hey Emily! Yes you can!

>Rating:

What is the warranty on these?

Hi Crystal - there is a limited lifetime warranty on these!

>Rating:

I am a 5'5" female skier at about 130lbs. I generally wear a small in pants but noticed that the reviews of this product were saying that individuals who bought these pants (who were about the same size as I am) bought them in a medium. Could you give me any insight as to what size I should purchase? I want room for some layering, but don't want a super baggy pant either. Thanks!

Hi Grace, based on the information you've given, I would recommend a medium, as to allow for layering on colder days. We have an excellent return/exchange policy in the case you want to order both and keep the size you prefer. If you have any other questions or need assistance with an existing order or placing an order, please feel free to contact us on Chat or call us at 1-800-409-4502. Thanks!

>Rating:

Any chance someone can provide the circumference in inches of the quad area on these bibs?

Hi Jill, They have about a 26" circumference in a size medium. Ben

>Rating:

Do these have any insulation? Or just a shell?

Hey Jenna, This bib pant is just a shell with no insulation.

>Rating:

What is the inseam length?

HI Kelli, XS and S have a 31" inseam, the rest of the sizes are 32". Hope that helps! Ben