The Arc’Teryx Stinger Bib is about as bomber as a hard shell can get. It has a 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro shell that will provide top of the line waterproof protection and breathability. These are the pants for those who are going to be spending a ton of time in the backcountry, or for those skiers who are going to be doing a lot of hiking and boot packing. If you’re going to see a ton of powder, and ski when the weather is wet and nasty, the Stinger is a great pant to have in your arsenal.
Arc’Teryx Stinger Bib Ski Pant Review
Pant Size: M
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Arc’Teryx Stinger Bib has a 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro face fabric and membrane. This is about as technical as waterproof and breathable fabrics get in outerwear, and will provide top tier protection from the elements. Gore-Tex Pro is very durable and will hold up well over time. The only downside is that it can feel a bit loud and uncomfortable, but I’d make that compromise anyday for the best in waterproofing and breathability.
Fit: The Arc’Teryx Stinger Bib has an articulated athletic fit with e3D patterning. This provides a streamlined fit that provides plenty of room for layering underneath, and offers fantastic mobility. This is one of the better fitting pants for my body type. It gives me room in all the right places, while still being tailored in areas where I don’t want the extra material. I would probably opt for the small for my size since I do like the tailored fit, and I’d still have that fantastic Arc’Teryx articulation. Those who want a looser freestyle fit and are similar to me in body type could opt for the medium.
Warmth: The Arc’Teryx Stinger Bib is designed as a technical backcountry shell without insulation. When you’re working hard to earn your turns, you don’t necessarily want a whole lot of extra insulation. I love the fact that shells give me the option to control the amount of insulation for my needs. On really cold days, I can place a heavy mid-layer under these and be plenty warm. On the days when temps are mild, all I might need is a thin base-layer.
Features: What I really like about the Arc’Teryx Stinger Bib is that they are designed wo give you all the features you need, and nothing extra that you won’t. This minimalist design helps to ensure functionality without adding extra materials or weight. That being said, this is about as bomber as a pant gets, and comes with just about every feature I’d need. The Arc’Teryx Stinger has waterproof zippers and fully sealed seems to ensure that water doesn’t seep through. There are plenty of pockets for me, and I love to carry a lot of extra gear. All of the pockets are well designed, but I would maybe like to see a slightly larger opening on the cargo pockets. The Stinger Bib keeps me well protected on powder days, and keeps snow out of the pants. The Stinger is articulated in the knees and butt, helping to increase mobility for the days I’m moving around a lot. My favorite feature of the Stinger Pro is the extra- long outer vents that provide really good airflow for controlling temperature and moisture. The only “extra” feature on the Stinger Bib is the RECCO reflector, which I could take or leave. It is nice for that extra little bit of reassurance when skiing deep snow at the resort.
Bottom Line: The Arc’Teryx Stinger Bib is about as technical as a shell gets. This is the pant for serious backcountry skiers, and those resort skiers that are going to see a ton of weather, ski hike-to terrain often, and want bomber protection for the deepest days. This is definitely overkill for some skiers, but for those of you that want the best of the best, the Stinger Bib is worth a look.