Price US $479

The North Face Free Thinker Bib 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The North Face Free Thinker Bib is a serious pant for serious skiers. Sometimes good enough isn’t good enough, and we need to reach for something a bit better. That is what the North Face Free Thinker Bib is. It has a weather proof Gore-Tex 3L Pro membrane that will keep you dry in the worst snow or rain, and it also happens to be one of the most breathable membranes on the market. That’s important because you’re going to be taking The North Face Free Thinker Bib everywhere, especially your favorite backcountry stashes. Good thing The North Face Free Thinker Bib also has a ton of gear specific pockets. Each one is outfitted with YKK Aquaguard Vislon zippers to keep water out of those too. The North Face Free Thinker Bib does feel heavy with its 70D face fabric, but with all that breathability and the added venting, you won’t feel like you’re going to overheat. We actually love the heavy feel, it makes us think this pant will last, and at this price it better. The Fit is pretty true to size, but the legs are a bit roomier. Good thing, because it doesn’t have any insulation, and you may want room to layer on really cold days. The bib is much more form fitting, but stretchy enough to not hinder any movement. The bib can also be taken off the pant if you want to use the bottoms only. I would go with a small for myself because I like my pants a bit less baggy, and I almost never use layers underneath. The inseam is right about 32” which seems pretty decent. It does have a 34” inseam available as well, but only in the black pant. It’s really hard to say how stoked we are about these pants, but if you’re like me the price might be a bit steep for some. The nice thing is, these pants will last. And The North Face backs everything with a lifetime warranty. Hopefully these will be the last pants you ever have to buy.

Pant Size – S – Regular

Matt’s Specs:
Normal Specs– 5’10”, 160 lbs,
Upper Body– 34.5” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 22”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body– 30” Waist, 38” Hips, 30” Inseam,  22” Thigh
Turn On’s: Size S Pants that have a bit more room in my thighs, that way I can actually use my pockets.
Turn Off’s: Pants that fit too tight in the thigh, and I can’t use my pockets.

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Type

Shell

Treatment Type

Gore-Tex Laminate

Insert Type

Gore-Tex

Insulation Type

None

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Bib

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Inner

Meshed Vents

Layer Count

3 Layer

Company Waterproof Rating

Proprietary

Company Breathability Rating

Proprietary

Manufactured in

Imported

Fit

Semi Baggy

Packability

Normal

Waterproofing

Excellent

Breathability

Excellent

Warmth

Average