A snowboard bib is a must-have item if you’re planning to ride a snowboard in winter. But since they don’t come cheap, you should make sure that you get the best value for your money. This section will help you make an educated decision that suits your needs.
The most important aspects while choosing a snowboard bib fabric are durability and weatherproofing. Ideally, these overalls are made of synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon.
Nylon is super rugged and will handle a lot of beating but it’s fairly expensive. Polyester is more reasonably priced and will deliver a decent performance, especially if it’s thick enough (500 Deniers or more).
Design and Fit
It goes without saying that the design and style of the snowboard bib is a matter of your taste.
Snowboard bibs are available in slim, regular, and loose fits. While there’s no right or wrong when it comes to style, there can be better and worse when it comes to fitting.
As a rule of thumb, beginners should always look for a slightly loose fit that gives them more space in the hind area for crouching and bending comfortably.
Yet, make sure that the measurements aren’t too loose that the overalls become a burden themselves.
The insulation of a snowboard bib will be measured according to a specific rating that ranges from 5,000 to 20,000 mm where the numbers increase as the overalls become more resistant to the elements of weather.
Keep in mind that these ranges aren’t standardized, which is why some brands don’t have an official waterproof rating.
Keep in mind that a range of 70,000 to 15,000 mm is usually enough for the majority of riders to feel dry and comfortable.
Since higher rating snowboard bibs will usually cost more, you should consider the spot you’re snowboarding in while buying one. For regions that are relatively dry, a mid-range insulation rating will probably be more than enough.
Warmth is necessary but can also be relative depending on everyone’s preference. That’s why you’ll need to make sure that the snowboard bib you go for offers the proper amount of warmth you need.
If you want to enjoy extra warmth and comfort while riding, you should buy a snowboard bib that features a shell with some form of lining inside the overalls.
But, if you layer your garments well and you need a lightweight and low-profile snowboard bib that focuses more on aerodynamics than on warmth and insulation, you should go for an unlined version.
Remember that you need to test your snowboard bibs out in the snow before judging it. You can easily decide whether it’s
One aspect that you should also consider is the closure type. The two most popular closures on the market are zippers and buckles.
Ideally, buckles are easier to adjust using the buckle strap but there might be a bit trickier when it comes to putting them on and off.
Zippers are much easier to use for some, but they’re usually prone to breaking. Also, some uninsulated zippers will allow moisture to pass, which defeats the purpose of wearing a bib over pants.
The seams on your snowboard bibs are the most vulnerable part of the entire gear. A seam with little fortification can be easily torn while riding, especially if you know your way around snowboarding.
The stitches on the seams need to be also preserved against the moisture and elements of weather.
The best options on the market will have fully taped seams, which uses waterproof formula on both sides of the seams to keep dry.
On the other hand, critically taped seams are less expensive and can only work as a last resort budget option, but never as reliable as the fully taped ones.
Insulation and proper ventilation might sound like two different things. However, they’re both extremely necessary for anyone practicing sports like snowboarding.
On one hand, you need tight insulation to keep the warmth in and keep the cold out, which we’ve previously discussed in the insulation section.
But on the other hand, you also need to make sure that the fabrics used will prevent the accumulation of sweat and will easily wick it.
The solution lies in some of the advanced fabrics that the snowboard bib makers use, such as Hyvent, Gore-Tex, DryRide, and others.
What’s special about these fabrics is that they’re designed to have pores that are larger than the sweat molecules, allowing it out of the bib overall, but also smaller than the molecules of snow and water, keeping them out.
The end result is a well-insulated and waterproof fabric that will let your skin breathe and avoid drowning in its own sweat.