Snowmobile Bib and Pants Buyers Guide
Snowmobile bibs are a primary part of any snowmobilers outfit. Most bibs cover your legs, waist and extend up into the chest area. They provide essential protection from the outside elements and are meant to keep you warm and dry. Choosing which bibs to purchase can be confusing due to the number of choices available.
The information presented on this page is meant to help you make that choice. When you are done reviewing this information be sure to visit our snowmobile bibs and pant department where you'll find a wide selection at discount prices.
Shopping guidelines for snowmobile bibs
What type of rider are you and in what type of weather do you ride
For starters consider the type of rider you are and the types of weather you ride in. If you are a casual rider and only ride on nice days then an lower priced entry level bib will work for you in most cases. If on the other hand you are a more aggressive rider and/or go out no matter what the weather, then you'll want a set of bibs with more advance features. An easy rule of thumb to remember is that the more features a bib has usually the higher its price and the greater its breath ability.
Will this bib fit me?
Next you'll have to consider sizing. The question you are going have to ask yourself is, will this bib fit me. Determining what size is going to fit you can be tricky. Ideally you'd be able to try them on in person before buying, but often this isn't an option because few dealers carry snowmobile bibs. So in the case of ordering over the internet, you're going to have to consider several factors to determine what size to order.
Factors to consider include:
- Is a manufacturers sizing chart provided? If so you should note that most sizing charts are based on averages and work about 80% of the time.
- Don't kid yourself when taking your measurements. If you're carrying more in your gut or have a large tail end take that into account.
- Most bibs are meant to fit a wide range of body types but won't work for everyone.
- If you're the type of person that doesn't want to have to make a return or exchange if it doesn't fit, then you'll need to shop in person.
How to wear snowmobile bibs
Using your snowmobile bibs would seem simple enough. Just slip them on over your pants and use the built in suspenders. While this will get you on the trail, it isn't going to make you comfortable or allow the bibs to function properly.
So, make sure you wear the right type of layering apparel. What we are referring to is the clothing you wear between your skin and the bib. The easiest thing to remember is that wearing anything that is made from cotton is a bad idea. The more active you are while riding and the more extreme the weather conditions you ride in the more important this will be to consider.
Major brands of snowmobile bibs
There are several major brands of snowmobile bibs. The best known major brands are:
These brands usually carry a few different models of bibs. Models usually range from entry level to more advance bibs. In most cases these will be made for a few years and then discontinued to make room for newer models.
Where to buy snowmobile bibs
Your choices for places to shop are:
- Find a local dealer that carries snowmobile bibs
- Order your snowmobile bibs from a mail order company
If you decide to order your bibs via mail order, then visit our snowmobile bibs and pant department. It features brand name snowmobile bibs at discount prices.