Expert Review: Flylow Women's Foxy Bib PantsPublished on 07/13/2022 · 5 min readThis review is my own honest opinion of the ski and snowboard pants, which I bought with my own money in December 2020.
Splitboarding in the pre-season near Mt Baker, WA. All photos courtesy of Jordan Sell
About this Review: This review is my own honest opinion of the ski and snowboard pants, which I bought with my own money in December 2020.
The Flylow Foxy Bib women’s ski pants are a fantastic option for snowboarders or skiers who value high-quality waterproof outerwear. The Foxy Bib has a relaxed fit and easy restroom access with a side zipper system.
About the pants
- Brand: Flylow
- Model: Women’s Foxy Bib (medium size)
- Size Fit: True to size
- Height: 5ft 2in
- Weight: 135lbs
- Pant size: Women’s 6
- Experience: 2 years
- When I bought these: December 2020
- Days used: 45
- Where I’ve used these: Mt. Baker Ski Area, Crystal Mountain, Mt. Hood Meadows
- Weather conditions used in: Rainy days, sunny days, whiteout conditions, storm days, overcast/cold days
How they perform
What I was looking for
I was looking for a set of bibs that would hold up to wet, Mt. Baker conditions since it often rains in Washington. I needed something lightweight, breathable, but most of all waterproof. Since rain in temperatures over 32 degrees is typical at Baker, I wasn’t concerned with the warmth of my bib.
Why I chose this gear
I chose the Flylow Foxy Bib because of its high waterproof rating of 20k waterproofing, which is considered fully waterproof on the scale. I also liked the ease of getting these pants on and off since they have a deep side zipper that allows for quick access.
I had considered the Burton Avalon bibs, but the waterproof rating was low and I had difficulty with the cross straps. The Foxy Bib was easier to put on and take off. I also liked the loose fit of the Foxy Bib so I can layer underneath without my bibs becoming restrictive.
What I love about them
- Fit: I have a curvy body with wide hips and these bibs were loose enough to layer underneath. I didn’t want to feel restricted and wanted my thighs to have room for movement. The fit is for someone with longer legs, but with my snowboard boots on the cuffs didn’t drag in the snow at all.
- Comfort: These pants are extremely comfortable because they are loose and flexible.
- Waterproofing: These are the most waterproof bibs I’ve ever used. They never allowed for any wetting through to my underlayers, even when it was actively raining outside.
- Breathability: This bib is made of a 20k breathability material, but there are ample zippers to allow for air venting on the legs, thighs, and sides.
- Durability: These pants are very durable. A waterproof patch can be used to repair if needed. I haven’t had any issues with durability, even when I am hard on gear and use it in off-piste conditions frequently.
- Weight: They’re also very lightweight since they are a shell.
- Ease of movement: These sport a relaxed, loose fit and are very flexible. I have not found any restrictions when I am wearing them.
- Quality: The quality is very high. They are made of a very nice, waterproof, three-layer softshell material that is lightweight and flexible. I have found these to be an excellent investment for daily use.
- Special Features: The side zipper on these bibs makes it easy to take them off without needing to remove a jacket when using the restroom. There is a small pocket on the front of the bib for a phone, pass, and keys. There are belt loops on these bibs for wearing a belt if needed.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Warmth: Since these bib pants are a shell, they are not very warm on their own. I have worn them on spring days without layers underneath. Anyone looking for a warmer option should consider layering with base layers.
- Other: I bought this bib in white and it got very dirty. I have a bad habit of leaning against my bumper, and it made the fronts of my bib very dark. I tried washing it, but to no avail. The white should be saved for someone less likely to get jumped on by dogs and lean against dirty cars.
Favorite moment with this gear
I wore my Flylow Foxy Bib on my first splitboarding adventure in the backcountry. They were easy to maneuver in and kept me from getting too hot on the uphill. I really love wearing these pants in bounds and out in the backcountry because they are versatile with proper layering.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Foxy Bib is an investment. These bib pants are more expensive than many other options, such as the Volcom Women’s Elm Stretch GORE-TEX Bib Pants, the Burton Women’s GORE-TEX Avalon Bibs, and the DC Women’s Collective Snowboard Bib Pants, but the Foxy Bib offers superior waterproofing, high-quality durable material, and thoughtful zipper placement.
The Flylow Foxy Bib is an excellent investment for those looking for high-quality and waterproof bibs with a relaxed fit that allows for ample layering without constricting movement. These bibs are a shell, therefore meant to be worn with layers as needed for extra warmth. Unlike other bibs, they are easy to get in and out of without having to remove a jacket. The Flylow Foxy Bib pants are also excellent for the backcountry because they are lightweight and have zippers for ample venting.