Mountain Hardwear Boundary Ridge Gore-Tex 3L Bib – New, Recycled and Kick-Ass
The Mountain Hardwear Boundary Ridge Gore-Tex 3L Bibs are made for lots and lots of use in the mountains. Made of recycled Gore-Tex and featuring some burly construction.
Bibs – I love them
As you can tell from the majority of the reviews I do on snowboarding clothing, I really love bibs. I think I have tested more bibs than pants, actually. That is including non-snow related pants! So…. ya, bibs are my thing. This is good for you as I can, hopefully, help you decide on the right bibs for you. Let’s jump into it!
Mountain Hardwear Boundary Ridge Gore-Tex 3L Bib
The first thing I noticed about the Boundary Ridge Bib is the thickness of the material. These look and feel like they can take a beating. I don’t know the exact specs on the materials, but I would say they are at least 70D, if not 100D. These things are tough.
Mountain Hardwear went with a recycled Gore-Tex 3L membrane on these bibs. Not Pro-Shell, but still 3L. Plenty waterproof and breathable for a day in the mountains. Rated at 28K/20K if that matters to you.
Fit and Function
I tested out the size XL in these bibs. The fit was good, not too baggy and not at all restrictive. I would say it is a good mixture of function and somewhat freeride fit. For reference, I am 6’1″ 205lb, 45″ chest, 33″ waist, and 32″ inseam. They felt good right out of the box. Plenty of room for base layers and even down pants (Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer pants) when winter camping.
The top portion of the bibs fit my chest and back very well. That is something I run into sometimes. Not the case with these though!
Features of the Boundary Ridge Bibs
There are two zippered hand pockets and two zippered cargo pockets. There is a stretchy beacon pocket on the inside of the left cargo pocket. This is the first time I have seen the beacon pocket on the left side. I am so used to it being on the right!
The large kangaroo pocket is very nice as well. I appreciate that it has stretchy mesh backer to dump heat on skin tracks too. This can help circulate air and regulate your temp.
It is not advertised as dog-proof, so take that with a grain of salt. LOL But our two 60lb dogs could not shred these bibs. Your mileage may vary though. 🙂
Review of the Boundary Ridge Bib
For the $400 price tag, you are getting a very good bib that should last you a long time. The Boundary Ridge bib has probably the thickest material in a bib that I have tested since the Flylow Baker Bibs from many years ago. My wife still has a pair of them and imagine these Boundary Ridge bibs will last that long as well.
The only caveat I could find was the placement of the beacon pocket. Being that I am so used to the right side is one thing. But the pocket seems to sit right at the top of my kneecap. This was a slight inconvenience that I solved by shortening the suspenders a half-inch. That seems to have fixed the issue.
The Boundary Ridge Bibs are heavy-duty, utilitarian bibs for people who spend a lot of time in the mountains. The price is fair for what you get. The icing on the cake is that they are made from recycled Gore-Tex. I really appreciate that. Grab a pair and get after it!