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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

27 Reviews

Pros
  • Lasts forever: 8
  • Great value: 5
  • Build quality: 16
  • Great design: 14

Cons
  • Cost: 10
  • Bad design: 1
Quality: 4.9 / 5
Durability: 4.8 / 5
Comfort: 4.7 / 5
Water Protection: 4.7 / 5
Warmth: 3.1 / 5
Fit: 3 / 5

27 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
nbarnard36
top250Contributor

from Washington State
35-44 yrs

Confidence inspiring
November 18, 2011

Excellent all purpose mountain protection. I had been using a pair of pants made with PacLight and had issues with abrasion and wearing holes. These things are unbelievable. Made with ProShell with a top notch face fabric, they offer unbelievable protection from the elements, and are light enough to pack if needed. Very well made, made in Canada, they have toe hooks and cinch cord and grommets for an instep lace, you could leave the gaitors behind with these. Infinitely well designed and great range of motion. I'm 6' tall and typically wear a 33" waist and 33" inseam with pants and the medium tall fits me perfectly. Relatively form fitting with enough room to wear insulated pants if needed. The medium regular would be too short for me. One of my favorite outdoor gear purchases.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
stormey
top1000Contributor

from Wisconsin snow and cold

Fits great and works perfect
December 27, 2010

The bib is perfect , I am warm and its so light and just can move free without restriction , I have been walking and skiing with these bibs ... also use them for snow shoeing ... They just feel great !

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, perfect fit
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
NHDH
from New Hampshire
45-54 yrs

Sizing Information
December 03, 2010

I wanted to offer some sizing advice to those purchasing these bibs over the Web without the ability to try them on. This will be helpful to people in the XL or XXL range. I'm 6-feet, 240 lbs. -- and it's not all muscle. In pants, I typically wear a 38" waist with a 32" inseam -- mostly to accommodate larger thigh/butt size, not so much waist measurement. Every other bib I've tried on is cut for the more athletically built climber and XL sizes are typically too tight on me in one area or another to allow for layering or freedom of movement -- I use them for ice climbing primarily. So i ordered the XXL on these. Ended up being about an inch too long in length and definitely too baggy all around. I'll be exchanging for an XL which should end up being perfect. Everything everyone says about these is true. These are exactly what you need for a shell without any of the annoying extras. Very streamlined, smooth, lightweight, yet bomber.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
Snuffles
from Bend, OR
35-44 yrs

So Durable Your Children Will Fight Over Them
May 01, 2012

These bibs are the perfect option for those that are looking to purchase gear that will last forever. The construction is top notch with additional layers and stitching in the right areas. Love the center zip design which goes from front to back. Makes getting in and out a breeze and facilitates bathroom breaks without having to take off all your gear. I don't think the cost is a con as the quality easily justifies the expenditure if your in the market for long lasting gear.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
Snowbird
from Philadelphia; Salt Lake city
55-64 yrs

bombproof bib
December 26, 2010

expensive but worth the price for mountaineering, ice climbing and even downhill skiing. full crotch zip useful for backcountry adventures. medium was too snug and large slightly big for 6'2" 170lbs. but ultimately chose the large. have experience with lesser arcteryx bibs and they are all top of their class in durablility, performance, etc. Last many hard earned days!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
skibum
from sun valley idaho
45-54 yrs

most excellent bib!
November 20, 2010

already owned a pair of these but, had to down size. fit is perfect, wore these bibs last ski season 125 days..and they still look brand new. totally bombproof, the best snowboard bib on the market...and i have tried many! skiers who think you need a inner gaiter as well just do not understand..these bibs DO NOT ride up over your boot..they can't climb over your ski buckles once in place..it's impossible. inner gaiters are a thing of the past! pockets will hold a fair amount..if you want..they are really just for your smoke and ski pass. they do use tiny cord locks but, they work fine..just a little hard to grab..just pre-set and leave alone. the articulation in these have NO competition on the market PERIOD!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
sysunia
from New York
35-44 yrs

excellent choose
March 03, 2013

I have bought it two mounts ago. Soon after I went for winter hike on Mt. Washington and I have to say: those bib are very light, comfortable, breathable and durable. Excellent product !!!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: Cost

Even short people play in the mountains (5'6
January 06, 2009

It's the first pair of mountain bibs that fit and they performed superbly. Spendy,but worth the money. I live in 4'to 5' of snow, I slip on the bibs and sneak out the back door whith skiis on return hours later and slip the bibs of and go about the rest of the day, "how simple"

Not perfect, but dang close!
January 02, 2009

The ALPHA bibs are designed more for alpine mountaineering and ice climbing. The THETA bibs are designed more for Skiing or Boarding, backcountry or inbounds, tele, or AT. The SV signifies "Pro-shell" which is more abrasion resistant than last years SK "XCR". Both are Gore-tex, but SV's are will run $100 more and worth it considering how often you're buying snow pants. I chose these bibs for 2 reasons. 1) size matters and because I stand at a lofty 5'4" and weigh 175 lbs, I needed something with short legs. 2) weight matters when your doing a multiday winter ascents and ounces count. I wore these bibs nonstop for 2 weeks in the mountains of Idaho and Montana and I dig them. I love the fact there is no internal gator (saves weight and clutter) but thanks to an internal shock cord around the cuff, the gator is not needed. I just wish there was one or two more farther up the shin. Gromit holes on the cuff allow for a shock cord to go under your boot to keep them from getting pushed up. A front cuff hook lets them latch onto boot laces and along with the shock cord tricks eliminate the need for external gators too which is so nice. Didn't snag my crampons once. The pockets in the chest are a great size. Big enough for GU, glasses, camera, and yet small enough to keep you from over stuffing it. I wonder why the internal pockets aren't mesh, for glove/sock drying options. Aside from that, they are very basic bibs. Knee pads rock on vertical ice, and they keep your knees just a little warmer while kneeling in snow. The side zipps stop below harness leg loop level for comfort and zip down for ventelation. They are the envy of my mountaineering partners, and my top pick after going through several other pairs of snow pants from North Face, patagonia, and others.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
Radtheory
top250Contributor

from BEAVERTON, OR
25-34 yrs

Alpha SV Bib is great
November 06, 2010

I bought Alpha SV Bib for my best friend who is an alpine climber. he was so happy that it was the best gift he ever received. he explained how great Alpha SV Bib is for an hour, so I am pretty sure this is top quality gear from arc'teryx. He even try to convince me to buy one for myself. If anyone considering Alpha SV Bib as a gift to important person who is in climbing, this is one great gift.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
hiker1980
from Chicago, IL
25-34 yrs

great product
April 04, 2011

Very high quality. I bought it to complement my arcteryx sv alpha jacket. It's very expensive though and I had to save for few years to be able to afford it but I think it's wrth every penny. I am goin to use it for backcountry skiing and also downhill skiing primarily. I am 6'3'' 155 lbs so size is always an issue for me. I bought the medium tall arcteryx sv alpha bib and it was perfect size for me.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Cons: Cost
NHDH
from New Hampshire

Sizing Information
December 03, 2010

I wanted to offer some sizing advice to those purchasing these bibs over the Web without the ability to try them on. This will be helpful to people in the XL or XXL range. I'm 6-feet, 240 lbs. -- and it's not all muscle. In pants, I typically wear a 38" waist with a 32" inseam -- mostly to accommodate larger thigh/butt size, not so much waist measurement. Every other bib I've tried on is cut for the more athletically built climber and XL sizes are typically too tight on me in one area or another to allow for layering or freedom of movement -- I use them for ice climbing primarily. So i ordered the XXL on these. Ended up being about an inch too long in length and definitely too baggy all around. I'll be exchanging for an XL which should end up being perfect. Everything everyone says about these is true. These are exactly what you need for a shell without any of the annoying extras. Very streamlined, smooth, lightweight, yet bomber.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Cons: Cost

Mostly great pants
November 04, 2008

Most of these pants are great. I love the crotch zip, and the sealed zippers are great. My only real problem...WHERE ARE THE SNOW CUFFS?!?! With such expensive pants, that are made for the outdoors and snowy conditions, they should really have a snow cuff. But, Altrec people were really helpful, and if these are the best crotch zip bibs on the market, I guess they will have to do.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 2 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
Ingmar
from Sweden
25-34 yrs

Great Bib
November 25, 2012

I am very pleased with these bibs. I have used them extensively the last year and they seem to be up to every challenge you can threw at them. Excellent quality as is expected from Arc'teryx. The pair I bought were made in Canada, which I see as an advantage. The zippers are holding out so far, but I haven't used them in rain, so I can not say how waterproof they are. I am 187 cm, 80 kg, and bought the medium tall, they are a great fit in length and width when wearing an baselayer only. Two layers underneath is possible but a bit on the tight side. The knee pads are a bit flimsy, and fold up easily inside their pockets, a small con on a great pair of pants.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Cons: Cost

Top tier
May 19, 2010

I have nothing bad to say about these bibs. Typical Arctyrex--expensive but top quality in everything. I just happened to return them b/c I have short legs, and, the 32" inseam caused a little too much bagging. I know these pants would be bullet proof just about anywhere. I found a pair w/shorter legs made in eVent, which I've been wanted to try out

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
alpineB
from Los Angeles, CA
25-34 yrs

Great bibs
May 01, 2013

Bibs are pretty much the way to go as far as shell pants are concerned. No waistband, and better coverage to keep out moisture. The SV bibs are light, and fit great and keep out all kinds of weather. Only downside is the price but if I have em for years they will be well worth it.

Pros: Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: Cost
goldenguy
top50Contributor

Excellent Bibs
January 13, 2010

Product keeps you dry and comfortable. Very durable and lightweight. I received a lot of compliments on this product. They are a invaluable product to add to your outdoor gear wardrobe.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5

from Northeast
55-64 yrs

tentatively excellent
March 21, 2012

Winter has disappeared quite suddenly and it seems to be summer already - 80 F in the northeast, so I can only give first impressions without being able to ski them. The bibs are a thin shell (one has to wonder, too lightweight?) , so the fit is generous to allow for needed insulation underneath. The zippers work smoothly and are watertight. Venting coverage is full length, and quality overall is terrific. The best part is how easy it is to put on, with a full front zip. I am used to flailing about trying to hook the suspenders in my old EMS bibs, a wretched, repeating experience. There are two well placed chest zip pockets, my favorite configuration. One concern is the lightweight elastic suspenders, which don't seem heavy enough to have a long life. However, they would be easy to replace if need be. It's always nice to have a choice of inseam as well.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
Warmth: 2 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
TheDominoEffect
from Greenwich, CT
25-34 yrs

Tempted to try it out in a hurricane
March 20, 2012

I just got the Arc'teryx Alpha SV Bib...it's my first piece of their hard shell, Gore Tex gear....and have to say, I'm impressed. I am 5' 10" and 190 lbs...and yes...the Large bib does fit...but it's definitely more on the snug side, especially in the upper part of the bib (core/midsection area) As for the quality...the waterproofing is hard to beat...I use it primarily for skiing, and I'm not the most aggressive of all weather skiers, so the weather protection is probably a lot more than I really need, but it's nice to have. The elastic drawstring around the base of the pants for your boots, ski boots is a little harder to get at, but by no means is this a dealbreaker for the bib. It's pricey...but overall, an impressive piece of gear...and will certainly look towards other products from Arc'teryx in the future.

Pros: Build quality

Best bibs I ever did own!
January 31, 2000

These bibs were certainly a significant investment but were definitely worth every penny. As an avid snowboarder ans skiier - I've had my share of bad experiences with ski pants and bibs. Most common is the material tearing or ripping when striking trees and branches. The Arc bibs not only are lightweight and breathable but sturdy as well - which is a big plus considering how scrappy my backcountry experiences tend to be. The best feature of the bibs is the full length waterproof zippers on the legs - I can take them on and off without undoing my boots.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
katahdin
from Maine
45-54 yrs

built with a purpose
October 28, 2010

designed and manufactured with the user in mind, these bibs may outlast me.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use
Comfort: 2 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
LoganM
from Boston, MA
35-44 yrs

Highest Tech but Design is Off
February 11, 2013

These bibs are definitely the highest end of gear with excellent light and durable gore-tex material, great components including vest pockets, full zips, gators, etc.. to suit for the extremes. Only thing is that, while standing they fit well, but when flexing the hip (as if to step up onto a high stair/rock) they grab the thigh due to a long "rise" design. I tried multiple adjustments with the suspenders but they just didn't feel right and I knew that every uphill slog in the back country I'd be cursing the long crotch and resultant extra friction on my thigh. I think the design is off. I'm 5'10", 170# and athletic build. I tried on a medium-regular.

Pros: Performance, Cons: Bad design

right product for the right time
January 13, 2010

The arc'teryx alpha sv bib is just like all other arc'teryx products right on the money for fix, the best fit. I have a lot of there products they always fit right

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
Falcon85
from Columbus, OH
45-54 yrs

The Very Best
January 28, 2012

These bibs are the absolute best. High quality... comfortable... great fit. Although they are a bit pricey... they are worth it. Highly recommend them!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
top1000Contributor

Typical Arc'tyrex Expensive but worth it
April 04, 2010

I am a huge advocate of this company, their work ethic and products. I was hugely intimidated about this purchase but not disappointed once I got them in my hands. These are not ski/boarding pants. There is no gaiter. They are specifically designed for the alpine climber who believes investment in gear can mean the difference between a triumphant expedition or misery, or even worse. I've been in cold temps in Mt. Washington and wish I'd had these.

elejaces

Outstanding Bibs!
October 09, 2009

Man, I am very impressed with these bibs! Quality of construction, materials, attention to detail. The fit is true to size and comfortable, no baggy stuff, but still room enough to layer comfortably. I love the long zipper that essentially allows you to take care of "nature business" without having to remove the bibs. And I lucked out with this pair: they were made in Canada.

wendy1
top1Contributor

Bibs with strong function
March 17, 2010

Firstly, I have to admit that it is a little expensive, but after I wore them for one month in various of atrocious weather, I believe it absolutely is worth to its price, like other GTX products, it can prevent wind and rain , moreover, it is so durable, I don't worry about anything when I went through bramble. Most of all, it is made in Canada.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Warmth: 2 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
tiberite
from Park City, UT
35-44 yrs

Men's Alpha SV Bib CZ
February 22, 2013

The Arc'teryx Alpha SV Bib isn't cheap but it delivers exactly what it promises-- great fit, comfort, waterproof shell with easy access. Highly recommended for moderate weather skiing!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Cons: Cost

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