The Columbia Hystretch Pant is a good option for the casual resort skier looking for a warm, and waterproof bib. It has stretchy ripstop material in the knee, giving you better mobility and movement, as well as durability. The Columbia Hystretch has omni-heat reflective material and 40g of insulation so you’ll stay warm when the temps drop. Columbia’s Omni-tech waterproofing is middle of the road, but will keep you dry in snow or light rain. The Columbia Hystretch has a regular fit, and runs pretty true to size. I like the bib a lot, and combined with the adjustable waist, fit is usually not an issue. This is a great pant for everyday use while skiing. The Columbia Hystretch is warm enough for most days, and moderate waterproofing. It doesn’t breathe extremely well, and it’s a bit too warm for backcountry use. Overall, I think the Columbia Hystretch is a great pant for the price range. Of course it’s not as technical as some of the more expensive bibs, but sometimes those pants are a bit too much for the average skier.
Pant Size – S
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. And of course getting first chair with 12” of fresh powder on the mountain.
Turn Off’s: Pants that fit too tight in the thigh, and I can’t use my pockets. Crowds in the mountains, and not being able to find a place to park in at the trailhead or ski resort.