Review: Stio Environ Bib

I have a heck of a time with ski pants. Since I put a lot of days in, durability is a huge factor, but since I ski primarily in the backcountry, so are weight, venting, and range of motion. Last year, I went through three pairs (two succumbed to ripped crotches and one to a gash in the thigh). Stio’s new Environ Bib may be a solution. It’s heavy enough to last, light enough to tour, with full side-zips for venting, and a relaxed (but not baggy) athletic fit. The high waist isn’t a crazy-high bib, but it’s enough to keep snow out and the suspenders are some of the best I’ve seen. The best part? The waterproof breathable face material has a bit of stretch, making crotch blowouts less likely. The worst part? The price—but they’re till cheaper than three pair. $445;