Right here in Santa Fe, New Mexico, exactly where Outdoors’s offices are headquartered, the leaves have fallen, but the snow hasn’t—and we’re anxiously awaiting. Summer is behind us, and we’re prepared to throw on our ski bibs and hit the slopes. Naturally, our ears perked when we heard about Backcountry’s Gore-Tex winter gear collection, which launched this fall. Backcountry’s in-home apparel and gear impressed us this summer season (we reviewed its climbing line, as properly as some pieces in its travel and bike collections.) Despite the fact that we haven’t had a likelihood to get waist deep in powder this season, we decided to take a peek at Backcountry’s new collection.
Backcountry Women’s Cottonwoods Gore-Tex Bib Pant ($350)
The initial point you will notice about this bib is that it is convertible: a zipper about the waist converts it into a pair of pants, and back once more. If you are on the fence among the two selections, that versatility is a plus. 3-layer Gore, taped zippers, and heavier-weight fabric have me hopeful that it can stand up against Pacific Northwest wetness and Montana cold. We haven’t place it through the wringer, but burly reinforced cuffs and a 100 % nylon face nod towards durability.
The reduce feels reminiscent of workwear—it’s flattering but sensible, with ample area for sturdy thighs and articulated knees for movement. Vents on the inner thighs are a sensible function that would come in handy throughout higher-output days, but I wouldn’t take this bib out for a lengthy tour—there are a lot of facts that add weight, warmth, and chafe prospective. General, this is a strong, superior-seeking in-bounds bib. – A.B.
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Backcountry Men’s Cottonwoods Gore-Tex Jacket ($400)
My a single gripe with ski and snowboard shells is that also frequently their constructions really feel boxy and stiff, like super rigid rain shells. I realize why: actually waterproof material frequently has a burly, heavy construct. These jackets really feel extra like a tarp than a piece made to move with you in the snow. I can not say the exact same about the men’s Cottonwoods jacket—it was versatile and felt “broken in” out of the box. Although it was created to be paired with numerous layers, it was comfy to throw on leading of just a single lengthy sleeve layer on initial put on. That’s partially due to the interior: it is soft and silky to the touch, and it has a forgiving reduce about the sleeves and shoulders which does not feel constrictive. Like the other pieces in the collection, this jacket is totally-seamed and constructed with Gore-Tex for waterproofing.
Comparable to Abigail’s takeaways from the women’s bib, I most most likely would not use this on the early mornings I am huffing it up the ski hill for a rapid skin. The thick membrane would be a bit also heavy for those sessions, but I can see this as a strong jacket for the resort. The thumbhole cuffs, deep pockets at the chest, close to the waist, and on the arm make it a function-wealthy package that is prepared for downhill adventures. -J.R.
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Lead Photo: Jeremy Rellosa