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The Most Thorough Review of the Compound Bib Ever

Plus, don’t you think we should make a designated pant pocket for pocket bacon?

“I like bibs,” writes Ryan Ariano, a product tester and reviewer at Mountain Weekly News. “They don’t fall down, they give you an extra break pocket, and they really keep the snow out. Though sometimes I like pants, especially on a tour when maybe I had a gut bomb the night before, or I’m lapping the resort and might be doing some apres. The Compound is the one-stop shop because it has both.”

He’s talking about the Flylow Compound Bib, a two-in-one that is both bib and pant (or shall we say bant, or pib? No, we shall not). In a detailed review of the Compound Bib, Ariano takes a hard look at the pant (or bib, or whatever you want to call it) and its fabric, features, and overall functionality.

“Bibs are super warm and convenient but can be annoying at times; pants are great especially for resort riding but aren’t as warm, don’t keep snow out as well, and don’t have as many pocket options,” he writes. “The Flylow Compound Bib is both, wrapped up in the highest-of-tech waterproof membranes and all sorts of other game-changing textiles while carrying on Flylow’s tradition of dominating the snow outerwear style competition.”

Well, gee. Thanks, Ryan. We’re blushing now. We’re also super impressed with your level of testing. I mean, he bootpacked, he skied pow, he scraped rocks, he grilled brats with his kid—all while wearing the Compound Bib. That is a thoroughness we appreciate. He said he tested a few bibs early-season and the Compound Bibs were “hands-down the most waterproof.”

He also gave us a great idea, all thanks to a typo. “Since these are seriously backcountry specific, though, Flylow’s Compound Bib has a bunch of other details to keep you safe exploring out of bounds,” Ariano writes. “Like a bacon loop inside the thigh pocket since there is a big movement by guides to wear their beacons in a welded pant pocket.” I think he means a beacon loop, but that has us thinking: designated pocket bacon pocket, anyone?

In all seriousness, though, we always appreciate the feedback. “Of the countless bibs I’ve tried, few could compete with the Flylow Bibs for waterproof breathability. I don’t know if any can compete with these for durability. None can compete with these for snow sport brand cred. And I have yet to try any that function both as a bib and, with the slip of a zipper, a pant.” Read the full review here.

Kane Jacket

A great 3 Season all 'rounder jacket for spring tours, summer squalls, and winter backcountry trips.

 

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Made with our customized The Perm fabric, by Intuitive, the Kane Jacket prioritizes air permeability for high-motion activities from Fall through Spring.  This supremely lightweight jacket is stretchy and supple, which is critical when you’re trying to kickturn in tight trees or stuff the jacket into your already-jammed backcountry pack. It takes the durability and packability of a 3-layer ski jacket but without any unnecessary extras (powder skirt … why bother?). It’s got underarm vents, a helmet-compatible hood, no shoulder seams to reduce friction while wearing a pack, and ample pockets.

Features

 

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Material(s):
• Intuitive™ Perm fabric: stretch, waterproofness, ultra-breathable
• 20k waterproof with 0.02 cfm air permeability
• 100% nylon face, 100% poly backing

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Features:
• Articulated shoulders and sleeves
• Fully seam taped
• 2 hand pockets, 1 chest pocket, 1 waist pocket, 1 interior pocket w/media port
• No direct shoulder seams reduce wear with backpack
• 12-inch pit zippers
• Backpack friendly pockets
• Helmet-compatible hood
• No Bulk Cuffs
• No powder skirt
• YKK waterproof zippers
• High performance DWR (Durable Water Repellent)
• Average weight: 540 grams
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Compound Bib

This is the transformer of ski pants: Wear it as a bib when you want extra coverage or as regular pants when you don’t.

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The extra-tough Compound Bib comes with a removable, zip-off softshell bib top so you have a choice in what you wear. For stormy days, opt for the warmth and protection of a bib. For spring tours, zip it off like those nerdy but versatile shorts turned pants your dad wears hiking. Air permeable eVent with Direct Venting™ Expedition fabric releases heat before you start to sweat. For the Compound Bib, we drew on what we’ve learned designing bibs all these years to make the most versatile option in the line. If you’ve been a fan of our legacy Compound Pant, meet your new favorite.

Features

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Material(s):
• eVent fabric with Direct Venting™ Expedition technology
• 30k waterproof with 0.06 cfm air permeability
• 100% nylon

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Features:
• Removable suspender bibs
• Velcro waist adjustments
• Belt loops
• 2 zip hand pockets, 1 rear zip pocket, 1 thigh pocket
• Beacon loop inside thigh pocket
• Powder gaiters
• Side seam and inseam vents
• 1,000 denier reinforced cuffs
• YKK waterproof zippers
• High performance DWR (Durable Water Repellent)
• Average weight: 680 grams
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Micah Fleece

Midlayers with hoods can feel bulky. So, we made a hoodless, technical fleece inspired by the classic ski sweater of yesteryear.

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Micah is a guy we work with who will drive through the night to catch a powder day and is unapologetic about his devotion to the sport. We figured he deserves a proper fleece midlayer to keep him warm while he’s sleeping a few hours in the parking lot. So, we built the Micah Fleece, inspired by the ski sweaters of the past but more breathable and not itchy. It’s hoodless for less bulk and easier layering.

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Material(s):
• Fleece: 94% polyester, 6% spandex
• Taffeta: 100% polyester with DWR

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Features:
• Checked hard-faced fleece
• High performance DWR (Durable Water Repellent)
• 2-inch collar
• Classic 5 snap placket
• Zippered chest pocket
• Thumb holes
• Drop tail
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