Best Lightweight Bib
Strafe Nomad Bib

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The ski industry as a whole, not just the textile elements of it, is clearly a pretty flooded market place with more options than one person could reasonably be expected to decide between. Strafe’s classic Nomad bib fills a niche for those who miss the baggy, freestyle inspired baroque outerwear for touring the backcountry. They bring that style to a more utilitarian piece of equipment that can find its home on or off piste.

The Nomad’s shell is made of a proprietary polyester blend and is a breathable alternative to materials like Gore-Tex that are commonly used in shells. They also feature a lot more stretch than similar heavily waterproof pants of this looser style, which have typically relied on excess material to make them more practical for moving around. This breathable material is backed up by long-zipping interior and exterior vents, though their mesh lining is prone to snagging and leaves something to be desired.

At first glance, it seems a little bit light on features to justify the price. But the features that it does have are dependable and useful enough for pretty much any adventure.

The bib is removable to suit your daily preferences, and they have the very slick magnet closure overtop of their zippered pockets. While their DValpine material isn’t as totally bombproof as Goretex, this can be easily overlooked for their airy qualities.

They’re a great slim, touring bib for any backcountry explorer who wants a solution for sweating out their shells.

Our Overall Review

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

4

Reasons to buy:

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    Great piece of technical gear for dedicated backcountry explorers
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    The ventilation mesh is way less prone to snagging than in other models
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    Flexible and comfortable with a relaxed fit

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markThe cuffs are prone to getting cut up if you’re not careful

Where to buy:

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Strafe Nomad Bib

Specs & Features

  • 3L fabric with DWR waterproofing on the outside
  • Front zip to make it easier to get on
  • Meshed interior and exterior thigh vents
  • Cordura guards on the hems and the cuffs for durability
  • Four total pockets
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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

Reasons to buy:

  • check-mark
    Great piece of technical gear for dedicated backcountry explorers
  • check-mark
    The ventilation mesh is way less prone to snagging than in other models
  • check-mark
    Flexible and comfortable with a relaxed fit

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markThe cuffs are prone to getting cut up if you’re not careful

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