Arc'Teryx Theta SV Bib

December 29, 2008

This year, I made the switch from snowboarding back to skiing after 12 years of boarding. Naturally, I couldn't be seen wearing my ridiculous and baggy snowboarding pants while ski touring, so the switch in sports necessitated new pants. I went with a bomber pair of versatile bibs, the Arc'Teryx Theta SV Bibs, and man, did I end up with a killer pant! The Arc'Teryx Theta SV Bibs are made of GORE-TEX Pro Shell material, so they're fairly light and very water repellent. The bib style was new to me, after years of low-hip riding Burton snowboarding pants, but it's quickly growing on me for skiing and alpine climbing. Arc'Teryx Theta SV Bibs- Favorite Features Bibs are high waisted! Definitely took some getting used to, but in the end, it keeps all the snow out of your backside on pow days (which have been plentiful in the Wasatch as of late!). The back panel on the bibs is a stretch panel, so you still have some moveablity. Also, they come with a built in "belt" so that you don't have extra material sagging around your waist. Suspenders on bibs can be unhooked at the front- so if you really don't want those bibs to feel like bibs, you can unhook the front, and roll the top down over the "belt." I tried this, and though it seemed to work, in the end, I just got so comfortable with the bibs and suspenders that I left it alone! Articulated knees and seat- great for the newbie skier (me!) who might be spending some time on their "seat"! Powder cuffs on pant- really adjustable! Fit around every boot I could try them on with, from alpine touring to ice climbing boots. Inner powder cuff has a great hook that attaches to shoelaces like a gaiter. Overall, Arc'Teryx was right on with the sizing, and did a great job engineering these pants, from the chapstick pocket to the 3/4 length leg zippers for venting. I'm excited to take these pants out on an extended day mountaineering excursion, and experience what a truly waterproof shell pant feels like. My only complaint would be that I've worn these pants for this season only, and after a few days of touring, I had ripped a small tear into the reinforced inner panels of the bottoms of the pant. Reinforced though they may be, they don't appear to be "Claire-proof!" With a little bit of repair time and some seam grip, I'll be back out in them, and happier than I've ever been with a shell pant. I'm taking them to Ouray next weekend for some ice, we'll see how they hold up down there! Buy Now! Arc'Teryx Theta SV Bibs

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