March 15, 2017
The Flylow Baker Bib is the brainchild of Mt. Baker Ski Patrol and Flylow designers to create possibly the greatest bib on the planet. The conditions were not waist deep powder miles back in the Sierras, but rather a warm Spring day at Mt. Baldy Ski Lifts in Southern California, where atop you could see the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island to the Southwest and the high California desert to the east. I was there for 2 days for the field session of So Cal Snow Avalanche Center’s Avalanche 1 course.
The conditions ranged from sunny, clear and 40 degrees to windy, cloudy and in the mornings, a brisk 25 degrees. Since there was a lot of standing outside in warm weather, I was wearing these as my outer layer, with a polyester long sleeve shirt under the bib and some merino wool leggings. I had the leg vents open most of the day, and never felt cold even on the long chair ride in the morning. The kangaroo chest pouch was awesome for storing notes from the class, and the beacon pocket fit my BCA Tracker 3 perfectly. I never got wet, even when kneeling in slushy snow digging snow pits. The one piece made it great for wearing a pack, as you don’t get the disconnect from the top of the ski pants and the bottom of your scrunched up shirt or jacket.
There were plenty of pockets (7 to be exact) for storing ski passes, snacks, phones, cameras, etc. and I never felt like I needed more. On the downhill, the pants had plenty of room in the legs without having the excessively baggy look. As a telemark skier, I do need some extra room in pants, and the Bakers are just perfect. I am 6’4” and tested the Large-Tall size. I would recommend these to anyone from resort skiers to backcountry enthusiasts alike. I can’t wait to take these on the Trans-Sierra this spring.