The Salomon Chill Out Bib is an insulated pant with solid waterproofing and breathability. This is a good pant for backcountry skiers in really cold locations, or for the resort skier that wants something more technical for in-bounds.
Salomon Chill Out Bib Ski Pant Review
Pant Size: M
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Salomon Chill Out Bib has a 20k/20k AdvancedSkin Dry fabric that will do a pretty good job of keeping you dry from the indside and out. It’s not quite on par with Gore-Tex, but our experience with AdvancedSkin has always been pretty positive. It’s starting to get into the upper tier of waterproof and breathable fabrics. The Chill Out Bib would be good for those who are going to see wet weather, but maybe not every-day. Breathability is also good, but not great. These would be good for active resort skiers, and okay for backcountry skiers that are working hard to earn their turns.
Fit: The Salomon Chill Out Bib has a relaxed fit, but I have always found Salomon’s outerwear tends to run a little smaller than others. For me, the medium fit almost perfect, and it was not overly loose or relaxed. The small fit’s me as well, but feels more like an athletic fit than a relaxed fit. So if you like the loose freestyle type fit, go with the bigger size if you’re in-between. The fit is very comfortable, and Salomon’s stretch construction allows for good mobility.
Warmth: The Salomon Chill Out Bib is a moderately warm insulated pant. My legs almost never get cold, even with thin shells. So for me 60g of insulation is more than enough for the coldest days. However, if you do run cold, 60g is only a moderate amount of insulation, and you may need to layer underneath for the coldest days on the snow.
Features: I like the stretch construction and comfortable fit of the Salomon Chill Out Bib. It has a decent amount of waterproofing, along with fully sealed seems, and water-resistant zippers. It also has a decent amount of breathability, and outer vents for ventilation. Salomon does call this a bib, but really only the back comes up past the waist. I don’t mind this, but it’s not truly a bib in my opinion. This is removable for those who don’t want it. The cargo pocket is placed really well and has a decent amount of room. There are also two hand pockets, and one back pocket. I’d like to see a few more pockets, but that’s really just my preference since I bring a lot of gear on the snow with me.
Bottom Line: The Salomon Chill Out Bib is more of a standard insulated pant than a bib, but still very solid or resort skiers. It has decent waterproofing and breathability, and a very comfortable fit.