Affordable Resort Bib
North Face Freedom Bibs

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Specialization and price inflation go hand in hand. If you need a utilitarian piece of gear, something that works without too much optimization, the North Face Freedom is this. It’s not made for the big backcountry days or sidecountry hikes, but is an affordable option good for a couple of seasons skiing the resort.

Call it a fault or a feature, the North Face built the Freedom with mesh gaiters that allow for continuous air flow through the zippered vents on the inner thigh. iGood resort pants at a good price. It’s an economical way to provide more airflow and keep these pared-down pants from getting too hot and muggy, even in warm conditions. They’re a little colder than the rest of the pants you’ll see in the competition.

What they make up for in practicality they lack in the fine-detail finishing touches that you’d get from top quality contenders. The seams aren’t sealed, and the pockets have a tendency to leak through into the interior liner. They’re a little too restrictive, not anything that you can take dancing.

But in terms of performance alpine ski pants the North Face Freedom checks all of the requisite boxes to be avoided in places with consistently wet weather.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.2

Reasons to buy:

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    Among the most affordable snow pants of a performance quality suitable for heavy skiing.
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    Manages to have a couple of features despite the low cost

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markChimney venting system tends to be too cold in bad weather
  • check-markThe fit can feel a little restrictive
  • check-markDoesn’t hold up well in wet weather without significant post-factory adjustments

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North Face Freedom Bibs

Specs & Features

  • 2L Nylon shell
  • 3 pockets, (2 zippered, 1 velcro cargo)
  • Partially taped seams
  • Zippered thigh vents and ”Chimney” gaiter vent system
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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.2

Reasons to buy:

  • check-mark
    Among the most affordable snow pants of a performance quality suitable for heavy skiing.
  • check-mark
    Manages to have a couple of features despite the low cost

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markChimney venting system tends to be too cold in bad weather
  • check-markThe fit can feel a little restrictive
  • check-markDoesn’t hold up well in wet weather without significant post-factory adjustments

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