The North Face Women’s Brigandine FUTURELIGHT Bibs – Incredibly Capable
The North Face Women’s Brigandine FUTURELIGHT Bibs
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- if breathable and waterproof materials had a lovechild, FUTURELIGHT is it. The technology that goes into the whole Futurelight line is quite astounding. It keeps you from sweating buckets while you’re working hard on the uphill and still keeps all the elements out. I have experience with the Women’s Purist Futurelight Jacket (https://engearment.com/clothing/the-north-face-purist-futurelight-jacket/) as well as the Brigandine Bibs. Both have proven to me just how reliable of a material Futurelight is.
The North Face Women’s Brigandine FUTURELIGHT Bibs review
The North Face Women’s Brigandine FUTURELIGHT Bibs $649 have several features that I am just head over heels for. The first is the fact that there is no hardware under your backpack straps. Most bibs have a small plastic or metal piece so that you can secure and/or tighten the bibs, but The North Face was thinking about their users. There is nothing to dig into your shoulder in this design and I’m a huge fan of their forethought here.
One of my other favorite features is all the pockets and how big they are. There is a giant chest pocket that has a top zipper as well as a secondary chest kangaroo style pocket. There are handwarmer pockets as well as thigh pockets and they are such a roomy feature! What’s even cooler is all these pockets have a little gear loop so whether you want to clip your beacon in or stash your keys, you can ensure it won’t fall out.
Another really well-thought-out feature is the waist cinch. The bibs have an integrated “belt” of sorts to keep the pants secure. The webbing adds just that much more security to the bibs and it helps keep them from being too baggy around the mid-section.
I am also pretty thrilled that there are both inner and outer leg vents. Each leg has two zippers that run from crotch to knee and ribs to knee. This creates a great cross breeze for your legs on those hot spring missions.
I am 5’8” and 130 lbs and ordered a medium intending them being a little big (I’m almost always a small). The medium fits just how I was hoping. I have plenty of room for layers and movement with lots to spare. I also have fairly long legs (33” inseam) so I got a long. I am SO pleased that these are available in a long and psyched to have some bibs that fit me in this department. I really love the length and would recommend ordering a long if you also deal with short pants regularly.
The Women’s Brigandine Bibs are a comfy and protective piece of equipment that should be in everyone’s gear closet. I can count on these to keep my dry all day and out of the wind and weather. I have skied in the backcountry and on the resort in these bibs and couldn’t be happier with their performance. They are an incredibly capable pair of bibs that I feel confident bringing on any skiing endeavor.
Bottom Line: The well-thought-out features make these bibs the most well-designed ski pants I have had the pleasure of wearing, and I don’t say that lightly. The innovation, forethought, and technology that went into the Brigandine Bib make them reliable in all conditions. Do yourself a favor and invest in something that you can count on.
Growing up snowboarding and hiking in the bitter cold winters and humid summers of northern Vermont, Eliza learned how to beat up gear and quickly became infatuated with new technologies. After moving to Colorado in 2015 to pursue a degree in recreation and outdoor education at Western Colorado University, her passion for the outdoors grew exponentially. Soon after, she picked up rock climbing, telemark skiing, backpacking, canyoneering, and is slowly learning to love rafting. Through these learning processes, Eliza began to understand the importance of the right gear and hopes to share her experiences and knowledge with others through Engearment.
Now working for Beacon Guidebooks as the ‘Wearer of Many Hats’ (yes, that is her official title), Eliza has learned the ins and outs of the outdoor industry. She has also worked on marketing teams, as a photographer, media coordinator, outdoor instructor and as a wrangler. She is especially excited to encourage other women in the outdoors and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion.