As a loyal snow pant wearer for some 12 odd years, I was a little skeptical crossing over to what I interpreted as the ‘dark side’ of snow trousers. I associate bibs with uncomfortable straps over my shoulders, overheating due to too much layering, and most importantly, trouble relieving myself in the restroom after a few aprés beverages. However, after years of strapless shredding, the TREWth Bibs have made me reconsider. This pair of bibs has gone ahead and made me forget everything I thought about bibs.
To start off, the over the shoulder straps are almost completely unnoticeable. So much so that I would have to guess that Trew and Victoria’s Secret collaborated to provide such outstanding comfort without sacrificing support. In direct effect of the shoulder straps, you are allowed a wide range of slack to cater to your preferred amount of crotch breathing space. While hitting the crotch region, these bibs have a fly with zippers that zip both from the top and the bottom for whenever you need to break the seal.
The zippers from heel to hip on the outsides of the legs are crucial. When hiking or when just getting off the mountain and you are steaming the leg zippers come in handy. When not hiking, the material itself is extremely durable, waterproof and breathable. There isn’t too much lining on the inside of the fabric, so there’s plenty of room for layering. Beyond the fabric, straps, and zippers the pockets offer a wide range of sizes and security inside of them to safely store phones, mp3s, cash, or whatever trinkets you need to enhance your mountain experience.
In all, I really like what Trew has done, they have designed a comfortable bib with the philosophy that form follows function, and while doing that have created a very subtly steezy bib. I have the olive pair, and I’m not going to lie, in the catalog and online it would never be something I would pick, but in person it is a really awesome bold green that would go well with a grey or black jacket.