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.