Flylow’s new winter collection is getting a lot of press in this fall’s ski and outdoor media. Here’s what the industry’s most critical testers had to say about how our new gear held up in the field.
We love when ski magazines come out each fall. It means winter is approaching, temps are dropping, and we’ll be dropping into untracked lines in no time. And yeah, the media landscape continues to change, so it’s not always a physical print magazine showing up in our mailbox like it used to be, but still, the idea is there. The anticipation is still real. Our new winter gear was reviewed in a lot of different publications this fall and we’re proud to share some of that coverage with you here. As Freeskier put it, “Flylow succeeds in making gear for alpine skiers with a backcountry habit.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Foxy Bibs Continue to Earn Points for Best Fit
The women’s Foxy Bib continues to receive accolades for its fit and functionality. Freeskier magazine called the Foxy “ever popular” in a roundup of the best ski outerwear of 2024. “These widely adored pantaloons are flattering and functional. But don’t be surprised if they become your go-to bib on cold days,” Freeskier’s editors recounted. “And ladies, these pants don’t discriminate. There’s an easy access system for backcountry bathroom breaks, so you don’t have to stop the fun when nature calls.”
While the Gear Junkie named the Foxy among the best women’s bibs of the year, calling it the “OG” and the best bib they tested. “These high-chested, streamlined bibs are downright flattering,” Gear Junkie reported. “Many of our female staff and gear testers have worn these stellar bibs in all conditions. And while we beam about the technical features for backcountry ski endeavors, the compliments we get on these bibs are almost as good as how well they move with us when we rip in them.” Blister Gear reviewed a lot of our gear in long-form reviews (including the Lucy Jacket, Baker Bibs, Baker Perm Bibs, Dante Jacket, Moxie Bibs, and Sarah Anorak), so be sure to pick up a print copy from them or check out their digital guides to go for a deep dive.
Bear Jacket Named Best Insulating Midlayer
The new insulated Bear Jacket was named by Freeskier as one of the best midlayers of the year. “For skiers who always seem to get caught in the coldest of storms, this light and easily packable layer brings the heat,” Freeskier’s editors write. “Don’t be fooled by its light weight properties, you are guaranteed to stay warm due to the Primaloft Gold insulation, which is incredibly weather resistant and is lined with DWR (Durable Water Repellent). This jacket will become an unforgettable staple for all of the deep powder days ahead of you.” Backcountry Magazine also reviewed an early prototype of the Bear Jacket in their Winter Gear Guide, on stands now, calling it a “burly insulator bordering on belay puff” and “optimal emergency layer and companion for transitions on very cold days.”
Baker Bibs Always a Crowd Favorite
We’ve been perfecting the Baker Bibs for what feels like an eternity now, and the reviews keep coming in. The Inertia approved the Baker Bibs and the Baker Perm Bibs as part of their best ski bibs of the year, citing ample pockets, ventilation, and durability. “With tons of pockets, good venting, and insane durability, these “workwear-inspired” bibs can really do it all,” writes tester Will Sileo. “They’re a bit heavier and stiffer than any options on this list, but that sacrifice is well worth it for ridiculously-tough material that has stood up to the test of time.” Switchback Travel also covered our Baker Bibs, giving them the best overall award and calling them a “true standout.” “The Baker has a long track record of waterproof performance from its 3-layer Intuitive build and DWR coating, is super tough with tightly woven 150-denier face fabric and 1,000-denier Cordura reinforcements at the knees and cuffs, and has a plethora of pockets secured by water-resistant zippers,” reports Switchback’s testers.
Here’s what Freeskier magazine had to say about the Baker Bibs:
“What makes this bib so great is its reinforced knees, so you can rip tricks without fear of ripping holes in your pants. Durability is key for this kit, so if you’re searching for an all-mountain outfit you can beat up for a few seasons, this is it.”
Smythe Bib Praised For its Backcountry Breathability
Powder Magazine’s comprehensive review of the Smythe Bib called them their “favorite bibs for a mix of backcountry and inbounds skiing.” “The Smythe is Flylow’s lightest, and most breathable bib ever, positioned as a backcountry option for folks who like the extra comfort, protection, and storage that a bib offers over regular pants,” writes tester Cy Whitling, who skied in these bibs in the rain, touring, and all kinds of conditions. Whitling’s review is in-depth and offers feedback on everything from fit to pocket placement. His takeaway on a perfect day to wear the Smythe Bibs? “Any day that involves a lot of climbing to ski deep, deep snow,” he writes. “If you like to tour in bib pants, even on high exertion days, the Smythe is our favorite option we’ve found so far.”
And the Best of the Rest…
In a review of the best new gloves of the winter, Freeskier magazine called the Super D Lobster “built to be beaten.” “An over-the-cuff lobster design provides the warmth of a mitten with the dexterity of a glove. You’ll stay cozy all day thanks to recycled Greenloft insulation packed in the front and back of your hand,” the editors wrote. Freeskier also reviewed the Quantum Pro Jacket, Lucy Jacket, and Walleye Cap. Backcountry magazine reviewed our Magnum Pant, calling it well ventilated without sacrificing durability and “bombproof material that’s perfect in any snow conditions.” “Breathability is insane—so much air,” a Boulder, Colorado, ski tech raved in the magazine.