Better Than No Pants – Mountain Hardwear Freeride Bib Pants & Whole Lotta Jacket Review
If you're still picturing Mountain Hardwear as a gear-nerd super-techy backcountry specific brand, you've been living in a cave. But hey, if it's a snow cave, hopefully you're at least lucky enough to be wearing some warm Mountain Hardwear gear while you're in there.
Jump to winter 2012/13, aka the winter you're currently enjoying, and it's pretty easy to tell that Mountain Hardwear is a solid player in the freeride apparel category. They launched a whole line of outerwear this winter for skiers and riders who don't want to choose between fashion or function – they want both. So Mountain Hardwear packed their kick-ass waterproof-breathable fabrics (Dry.Q), waterproof zippers, and effective/ergonomic designs into more casual, loose-fitting and rad-looking apparel.
Whole Lotta Jacket – Pros 'n Cons
- PRO – lots of pockets, pit zips, etc.
- PRO – powder skirt
- PRO – huge helmet-compatible hood!
- PRO – Micro-Chamois™-lined chin guard to keep your chin warm n comfy
- PRO – lightweight and super functional compared to lots of more 'freeride' focused apparel brands
- CON – the funny little decorative straps on shoulders are annoying on big days with backpacks.
Freeride Bib Pants – Pros 'n Cons
- PRO – they're bib pants! crash in pow all you want. spill your noodles. whatever!
- PRO – upper thigh vents for ventilation – pretty handy when you're rocking bib pants
- PRO – durable fabric around the inner lower leg/boot area
- PRO – lots of pockets.
- PRO – super waterproof and breathable
- CON – well, they're bib pants. so not your lightest weight option for warm spring touring days, but great for pow!
- PRO – way better than no pants