Brille Jesuswrote a review of Arc'teryx Stinger Bib Pant - Men's on May 7, 2016
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
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.