Gear Review: Arcteryx Stinger Bibs Review
Weight: 620 g / 1 lb 5.9 oz
Material: N80p-X Gore Tex 3L, Keprotec, Cordura Nylon
Summary: The Arc’teryx Stinger Bibs are engineered for backcountry/ski mountaineering missions. They offer superb mobility, ideal pocket configuration, and fantastic weather protection in a lightweight package. This is backcountry mountain apparel at its finest.
The Arcteryx Stinger Bibs could be the perfect pair of backcountry/ski mountaineering bibs. They weren’t just designed, but engineered by mountain enthusiasts. Arcteryx has an outstanding reputation and these bibs live up to the Arcteryx name.
I researched almost every technical bib on the market – Eider, Patagonia, Marmot, Fly Low – before I settled on the Arcteryx Stinger Bib and I’m happy with my choice. I know the others brands make fantastic backcountry mountain apparel, but the Arcteryx Stinger Bib seems to be in best choice for me.
From the summit of Mount Shuksan in the Cascades to the steep Apocalypse Couloir of Grand Teton National Park to day tours in Beehive Basin in SW Montana, the Arcteryx Stinger Bibs have been my go to pant. They are simple, well designed, lightweight, durable, comfortable, and functional.
Before I purchased the Arcteryx Stinger Bib, my go to pant was the Patagonia Rubicon. I still wear these regularly when resort skiing, cat skiing, or working. I decided to move to a bibbed pant for the backcountry. Bibs offer more snow protection, different pocket options, do not require a belt, and are slightly warmer as they cover more of your body. For the backcountry, I’m now a bib guy. If you’re not a bib guy, Arcteryx also makes a non-bib Stinger model. They call them pants.
The Arcteryx Stinger Bibs fit me very well. They are not too tight or baggy. Arc’teryx claims that they have an expedition fit, which means they still have room to layer. This makes them suitable for winter and extreme conditions.
Due to a well designed cut, articulated knees, and a gusseted crotch, the Stingers allow for exceptional mobility while in the mountains. I have been comfortable while skiing, touring, rappelling, climbing, and camping. The cuffs easily fit over ski boots and the bib height sits at just the right place for easy avalanche beacon access (oh yeah the pants also have a Recco Chip). Arcteryx uses clean lines to make these bibs look sharp too.
I’m a tall 6’1″ and wear a size large. The mediums were a bit short and the XL’s were a bit baggy, especially in the rear. See the Arcteryx Sizing Chart to pick your size.
I’m a big fan of the pocket layout on the Arcteryx Stinger Bibs. There are four pockets – two bib pockets and two massive thigh pockets. The bib pockets are a good size for backcountry snacks, lip balm, google bags, or voile straps. These pockets can be a bit tough to access with a jacket and pack on.
The massive thigh pockets were a big seller for me. They easily fit my trusty Write In The Rain #311 book. I don’t even notice when I have my compass, rutschblock cord, voile straps, book, and beanie inside either. These thigh pockets are always accessible and even seem to be somewhat harness friendly.
All of the pockets are low profile and do not seem to get snagged on anything. The zippers are welded and watertight.
Besides the pockets, the Arcteryx Stinger Bibs have a few other zippers. The crotch zip has two zippers. This allows for quick bathroom breaks or for easily slipping the bibs on and off – your choice.
The side zips actually have three zippers that cover 1/2 the length of the leg. One is located behind a button at the top of the bib. Undo this button and zip down the flap to drop the seat when nature calls. The other two zips are available to customize your ventilation.
Arcteryx does mountain apparel right. Their N80p-X Gore Tex Pro Fabric offers top notch weather protection. It’s waterproof, windproof, breathable, durable, and tough. By focusing on larger yarns woven tightly together the fabric has a slick, yet abrasion free surface. In fact after hundreds of hours in my Arcteryx Stinger Bibs, I only have a few scuffs – no tears anywhere. They still look like new.
Arcteryx made a bombproof, reinforced instep patch featuring Keprotec. This protects your pants from crampons, ski edges, and rocks.
A tight powder cuff helps to keep the snow out of my Scarpa Maestrale RS boots. They are just the right length so that they are out of the way when walking around in street shoes or Muck Boots.
The suspenders themselves are easily adjustable and super low profile. They occasionally get twisted, but are easy to fix. I never notice them – even when my Mystery Ranch Blackjack pack is on.
Overall the Arcteryx Stinger Bibs are my go-to backcountry/ski mountaineering bib/pant. They offer the desired mobility, weather protection, and features that I’m looking for as a backcountry enthusiast. There is nothing that I would change about these bibs and they are well worth the price.
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Technical Specs for Arcteryx Stinger Bibs
- Taped seams for added weatherproofness
- Micro-seam allowance (1.6 mm) reduces bulk and weight
- DWR finish (Durable Water Repellent) helps repel water from fabric surface
- Articulated knees and seat
- Gusseted crotch
- Expedition with e3D fit for easy layering, svelte profile and functional articulation
Zippers & Fly Configuration
- Micro webbing zipper pulls
- WaterTight™ front fly with snap waist closure
- WaterTight™ 1/2 length leg zippers
- Two bib pockets with laminated zippers
- Two thigh pockets with WaterTight™ zippers
- Note: Our WaterTight™ zippers are highly water resistant, but not waterproof. We do not recommend keeping items in your pockets that may be damaged by moisture
- Keprotec™ instep patches provide superior protection against damage by boots, crampons and ski edges
- Hidden Recco® reflector
- Powder cuffs with gripper elastic
- Quick adjust suspenders