I purchased these bibs at the start of the season and have since put easily 100 days on them. I absolutely love them. Here are my thoughts on them.
What I love:
- The fit and look - I'm a tall guy (6'3, 180lbs, wearing a Large) but with big legs. These fit my legs perfectly without being exsessivly baggy elsewhere, but still maintaining that steezy freeride fit and style.
- The Weight/Breath-ability - This was the major selling point for me. I wanted a pair of bibs that wouldn't sweat me to death. These don't. Long days are no long a damp, unpleasant experience.
- The Pockets - One of my favorite things about these bibs are the two, massive thigh pockets. As an outdoor professional, having big pockets to stash everything in, is a huge plus (field book, gloves, ski straps, coffee mug ect.) The beacon pocket is also amazing.
What I don't love:
- The instep protectors - These are my one issue with the CAPOW bib and what kept it from a perfect score. The odd dotted/textured instep protector gets snagged on ski edges and I've worn mine off in several spots and now those areas are vulnerable to being cut. Also the protection area could wrap around the back of the leg a little more. I think a smoother more durable fabric would be ideal in this area.
All in all, these bibs are a staple in my outerwear kit. I don't ski without them now. Aside from the minor gripe with the instep protectors, these bibs are perfect. Could not recommend more highly.