- October 28 2011
Not as good as Alpha SV
I bought this one along with Alpha SV to be able to compare the two and pick the one I like better. My intended use for the bib is skiing so Alpha from the specs seemed like too much, but I couldn't resist the reviews it was getting, so I wanted to see them both. While there is nothing wrong with Theta bib, and overall it is a great product, in comparison with Alpha it pales out. First the material feels not as durable on Theta as it is on Alpha, even though it is quality GorTex. Secondly the upper body on Theta is much lower than Alpha's and I didn't like that very much. In addition it is not so snug as Aplha's. Theta's is contoured for typical skiing position and it makes one look a bit odd when just standing up. Since I will use the bib to work around the house in winter too, I love the knee pads that are available with Alpha but not with Theta. A common issue with both bibs is the sizing. I am 5.8, 155 and typically wear medium, with Arcteryx I have to go for small/short to make either of those bibs fit the way they should. And the biggest feature that is missing on Theta in comparison with Alpha is the zipper all around your crotch. There is no words to describe how convenient it is to take care of "business" in the open if you have something like that. So while Theta is a great product overall, only $50 more buys you even better bib IMHO. And if you can't decide on one or the other before you see them, then get both and see what works better for you. You can't go wrong with either of them - it's just a matter of personal preferences in selecting one you'd like.
- April 17 2011
The good choice.
I finally pulled the trigger and bought this bib after looking at it for a couple of years. Although it is quite expensive, it deserves all of my gratitude. The quality of the material used, the craftmanship, and the overall comfort make this bib the best I have ever owned. Super comfortable, ultra light; I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for high quality hardshell for mountaineering or skiing. To bad that it is so pricey.
- December 5 2010
Tall and light
Lightweight, waterproof, and durable. I think these will be the last pants I buy for long long time.
- February 11 2010
best ski pant I have owned
Bought the pants 2 months ago. Have used them a lot as ski/rando pants. The quality and build is excellent. don't hesitate, buy now if you want the best bib for skiing!
- January 14 2010
Best pants I've ever had
Has all the functionality I need and require (which is a lot) and until now, ski pants were fitted to a lowest common denominator. These fit better than my jeans. These are the best, most versatile pants money can buy. Worth the tariff if you have real needs in terms of functionality.