Patagonia Six Chuter Bibs
NOTE: these are bibs, not pants and not a one-piece…
Fabric: Gore-Tex XCR Laminate t
Fill: none - uninsulated
Price Paid: $399
NOTE: these are bibs, not pants and not a one-piece suit.
After a rainy day of riding the lifts skiing (was supposed to be 3-8 inches of new snow, but it was rain for four hours instead), and my inexpensive insulated bibs getting thoroughly soaked (your thighs are horizontal when you're sitting on a ski lift, and unless your pants/bibs are waterproof they'll act like a sponge when rain hits them) I went home and ordered a pair of these. I decided I won't wear anything less that waterproof pants when downhill skiing any more.
These things just scream well-made (and well-designed) when you're wearing them. Patagonia got all the small details right when they designed these, coated zippers for waterproofness; zips that go all the way up each side, so you can open and slide the bibs on or off without taking off your ski boots (very handy); simple, functional internal gaiters; stretch material in the midsection, adjustable suspenders, nice pocket placement on the belly and both outside thighs; anatomical contour around the knees.
The only thing I maybe wanted that was not designed in was insulation. Previous (very cheap, $45 at REI) bibs were insulated (and very bulky as a result), and so I got used to not wearing any insulation layer below the waist. With the Six-Chuter Bibs, I also got some Patagonia R1 pants, and they work well layered together. I also started to wear a second fleece layer as thick as the R1 pants, but underneath them. I think this combination is the equivalent of the previous bulky bibs.