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Choosing the Right Bib for You: Women's 2021

By Katherine Donnelly on

As you may have already heard, TREW Gear is known for bibs. Our origins began with the idea for better bibs back in 2008, and here we are today still designing and selling some of the best frickin' bibs you'll ever put on. While TREW began as a male-dominant team making gear primarily aimed at the dudes, we have come a long way in just ten short years...

Our women-specific outerwear 

We're into our seventh year of designing and manufacturing women's outerwear - boy, does time fly! And while the majority of products still sport the same names as the original 2013 debut line, it's the design details, materials, and construction behind each jacket and pair of bibs (or pants) that are ever-evolving, constantly improving to create some of the best women-specific technical outerwear on the market today. 

Before moving down, let's quickly talk about 2L vs. 3L

With the recent launch of our newest collection, the PNW Originals Collection, let's chat about 2-layer vs. 3-layer fabrics. What does this really mean, and how does 2L compare to 3L? Here's what you need to know:

 

TREW Women's Bibs

Heading in to the 21/22 season, we are pumped to offer not only our best-selling Chariot Bib but also two new female-specific bib options: please help us introduce the W Capow Bib and the Astoria Bib. 

One bib to rule them all: The Chariot Bib

We might be a bit biased, but our 3-layer Chariot Bib is a front-runner for best women's bib ever created. Take 'em anywhere: inbounds, off-piste, side country, parking lots, backyards, wherever. Rain or shine, these bad mamajamas stand up to the elements and keep you shredding that sweet, sweet gnar until your legs give out. Burly for in-bounds, while breathable for the backcountry - if you had to choose just one bib to live in for the rest of your days, we think it should be the versatile and fan-favorite Chariot Bib.

Your best friend in the backcountry: The W Capow Bib

If you're more inclined to leave the lifts behind more than you rely on them, then the 3-layer W Capow Bib could be for you. Built around the concept from our best-selling men's Capow Bib, we've created the bib that hard-charging ladies in the backcountry have been asking for. Slightly more breathable than the Chariot and boasting a stretchier fabric and lower rise (aka the 'below-the-tit-fit' that we so affectionately coined), the W Capow feels most at home in the solitude of big mountains far outside the boundaries. 

Best bang for you buck, without skimping on features: The Astoria Bib

While our signature 3-layer products don't need to worry about getting the boot anytime soon, we've been hard at work trying to make skiing, snowboarding, and the gear you need to recreate comfortably and confidently more accessible to everyone, and our new PNW 2L collection is a direct product of this vision.

To put it concisely, the 2L Astoria Bib is a durable, stylish, and feature-packed bib that won't break the bank. Most at home at the resort, the Astoria does boast a dedicated transceiver pocket on the chest - but we recommend sticking to shorter tours, bootpacks, and side-country adventures, as the 2-layer construction on the Astoria is not as breathable as our 3L counterparts. You won't, however, run into any issues when it comes to waterproofing since the Astoria Bib (like all of our outerwear products) is built to keep you dry in even the harshest of PNW conditions.

Take your pee breaks to the next level

Probably the biggest thing that makes the Chariot - and now the W Capow - stand out is the drop-seat design and the attention to details throughout. Our designer, Britt, took our original Chariot Bib and revamped it from the ground up - and one of her biggest goals in the redesign was to make those backcountry pee breaks a breeze.

If you've ever taken a pit stop while touring (or even mid-lap at the resort), then you know what we're talking about. Forget the days of taking your pack off, wrestling with your layers, pulling your bibs down, and exposing your precious lady bits to both the cold and your crew. The Chariot Bib, with its reinforced rear zipper, makes it easier than ever to 'drop trou' and let 'er rip without dealing with any of the fuss: just pick your pee tree, unzip, and go for it.  

While the Astoria 2L Bib does not have the same drop-seat design, the side zipper (and entrance point) on these bibs does allow for easy bathroom breaks by unzipping from the top and pulling the back of the bib out of the way, and lowering your layers to do your business.

While we could talk bibs for days, let's dive into the side-by-side comparison and show you just what makes these two bib designs shine:  

The Chariot

The W Capow

The Astoria

Shell Material

3L PNW Fabric 

3L Dermizax EV 

2L PNW Fabric

Waterproof + Breathability Rating

20,000mm Waterproof/Breathable (20k/20k)

20,000mm Waterproof/Breathable (20k/20k)

20,000mm Waterproof/15,000mm Breathable (20k/15k)

Fit

A relaxed fit throughout, with a more figure-flattering silhouette

A bit more room in the legs and butt to accommodate athletic builds

Snowboarding-inspiring style with a relaxed fit throughout

Strap back design

Cross-back

Cross-back

Cross-back

Drop-seat design Signature 'rainbow zipper' rear access
Signature 'rainbow zipper' rear access
Side zipper opening allows for easy bathroom breaks

Pockets

  • Chest cargo and zippered storage pockets
  • Zip thigh cargo pockets
  • Chest zippered storage pocket and beacon pocket
  • Zip thigh cargo pockets
    • Double kangaroo chest pocket with both velcro and zip closures
  • D-ring for transceiver in zipped chest pocket
  • Zip thigh cargo pockets

Front zip(s)

Full-front entrance with one-way waterproofed zipper

Full-front entrance with one-way waterproofed zipper

No full front zipper

Side zip(s)

None

None

¾-length dual-direction zip w/ top opening on wearer's right side, large vent side zip on left side

Inner leg vents

x

x

x

Beacon pocket

x

x

x

RECCO® reflector

x

x

x

Rubber-tipped cordage zipper pulls

x

x

x

Gusseted crotch

x

x

x

Internal boot gaiters with gripper elastic

x

x

x

Full coverage front and back bib

x

Lower rise on front of bib, which hits right below bust line

x

Belt loops

x

x

x

SuperFabric® cuffs and kick patches

x

x

Cuff reinforcement only, no kick patches

Water-resistant zippers on all exposed openings

x

x

x

Adjustable shoulder straps with no-slip gripper

x

x

x

Inseam options

Classic, Short, Regular, Tall

Short, Regular, Tall

No options, just classic grading

Weight

28 oz (size M)

26 oz (size M)

29 oz (size M)

Finding the right size and fit for you

While we wish all bibs could come straight from the pages of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, let's be realistic: every woman's body is beautifully unique, and to design and create snow gear that fits every single lady out there is a lofty goal. Nevertheless, we aim to please and continue to put considerable time and thought into designing gear that suits the needs and desires of our customers. 

Make sure to check out our sizing guides, located on each individual product page, to see what our recommended sizing looks like for your body measurements. Our sizing guides work approximately 99% of the time, and are a great place to start -- plus, we have easy and free (in the US) exchanges so if you do end up needing a smaller or larger size, it's a complete breeze. 

Looking for a bit more guidance?

No worries, we're here for you. Get Fitted + Kitted easily by taking our online quiz, and we'll get back to you with your personal product and size recommendation within 2 business days.

Any bib can work for you!

In the case that none of our female-specific bib options fit your fancy, we highly encourage you to add our men's bib designs into your considerations. The Capow Bib in particular is a fan favorite, but we do also see many ladies opt for the style or color options in the TREWth Bib, too! If you do go with a men's bib style, we suggest sizing down from your normal women's size (ex. if you are normally a women's M, try a Men's S).

 

Have a question or want to double check with us before making the plunge on a model or size? Email our team at info@trewgear.com and we can help you out! 

We also offer easy returns and exchanges, so if you order the wrong size or want to change styles it's no big deal to swap out. See our Returns + Exchanges page here for more info.

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