While ski-style salopettes with braces are still thankfully the reserve of ageing Frenchmen - dungaree-esque bib pants have become a much more frequent sight out on the mountain in recent years.
Many outerwear companies have at least a couple of options now if you're keen to kit yourself out with this workwear-inspired alternative - keeping any midriff snow at bay and locking in warmth a little more than traditional snow pants.
The flip-side to this high-rise fit? Toilet time can be a bit more of a hassle depending on how you layer up (and the presence of a drop seat). But as many will agree, it's a small price to pay if you want a more relaxed waist band, more pocket options and a generally cosy bit of kit...
Here's a handful of our favourite bib pant options from the 2016/17 range. Skip to your favourite brand below, or scroll on down and see what takes your fancy.
686 Hot Lap Bib Pants | Women's Black Magic Insulated Overall
Hot Laps and Black Magic are the order of the day for 686 who've got two 40g insulated options with very different fits for the fellas and ladies.
The men's Hot Lap has a 15k/10k fabric and a looser cargo pant look, with the upper section of the bib ditching the 40g insulation and just using shell material - so you get the benefits of a higher waist, without the bulk, or the risk of overheating.
The ladies Black Magic bib is slightly less tech with 10k/8k shell fabric and critically taped seams, but boasts a tasty satin lining with tarot card print detailing.
Colourways: Black, Harvest Gold, Steel Melange (Pictured) | Black Denim (Pictured)
686.COM (Hot Lap)
Airblaster Beast Bib | Sassy Hot Bib | Stretch Krill Bib Pants
Airblaster have built up a bit of a name for full length body suits and the like, with both baselayer and outerwear options proving popular, so it shouldn't be a surprise that they're bang in there with bibs too.
While these three may not appear dissimilar, they represent three very distinct options in the collection. The Beast Bib (left) is arguably the most tech, with a 30k/20k shell construction, fully taped seams, Airblaster's 'Vortex' water repellant fabric and much more - all of which are shared with the Sassy Hot Bib (center), which offer's similar tech but tailored to a women's fit.
Then the Stretch Krill bib (right), offers a slightly less tech, but still thoroughly adequate, 15k/10k shell that has added stretch for freedom of movement.
Colourways: Black Spruce (Pictured), Black, Stoney Critterflage | Black Spruce (Pictured), Rust, Stoney Critterflage | Mahogony (Pictured), Atlantic Blue, Black, Buttersquatch
Analog Highmark Bib Pants
Slightly less loose looking (depend how low you wear them), but with articulated knees to help keep your movement free, Analog's Highmark Bib pant comes in typically Analogue-esque street inspired colourways.
This one comes with 10k/5k fully taped fabric with lazer cut waterproof zippers to help keep pocket contents dry, and a stashable chest pocket for any items particularly close to your heart...
Colourways: True Black, Soil (Pictured), Copper, Surplus Camo
Burton [ak] Gore Tex 3L Freebird Bib Pants | Women's Kimmy Bib Pants
Unsurprisingly near the top of Burton's list of high price tag items - the [ak] 3L Freebird and Kimmy Bib pants are full on Gore-Tex goods designed for deep snow, with the [ak] range's signature high end tech fabrics and ultimate compatibility when used with jackets and other items in their catalogue.
Stretch panelling, Gore-Seam tap, water resistant zippers and much more adorn these two items, with some one of the most trusted fabric selections you'll find anywhere.
Colourways: True Black, Jungle (Pictured) | True Black, Athens (Pictured)
Burton Reserve Bib Pants | Women's Avalon Bib Pants
Two military looking style selections with a more readily manageable price tag now - with Burton's Reserve and Avalon bib pants...
The Reserve's patch pocket shell comes with 10k/10k fabric, fully taped seems and large cargo pockets making it great for all season ripping, while the Avalon's 10k/5k shell comes with a cinched stretch back panel, as well as a handy zippered drop seat for simpler rest stops.
Colourways: Keef, True Black, True Penny (Pictured) | True Black, Keef (Pictured), Shaman Shibori
CLWR Raven Bib Pants | Women's Lynx Bib Pants
His and hers high-end bibs from CLWR, as both the Raven and the Lynx are suitably immune to the coldest, wettest conditions.
20k/20k three layer polyester fabrics for fast wicking, articulated knees to keep you moving, and extra stretch in the polyester to boot, whether you go for the Lynx's ladies one strap, or the Raven's two, you're sure to be snug and restriction free...
Colourways: Black (Pictured) | Red (Pictured), Blue Denim
DaKine Prospect Gore Tex Bib Pants | Women's Beretta Gore Tex Bib Pants
Two more Gore Tex options now, this time from DaKine, and to our eyes, these look like they'd be just as at home out on the open ocean as in the deepest snow.
While we gest, its not unlikely that these would in fact thrive in all sorts of environments, with all the waterproofing, breathability, freedom of movement, and functional features you could need when its cold and/or wet. Layer 'em up as needed and you're good to go.
Colourways: Shadow, Buckskin (Pictured), Black | Lil Buck/Buckskin(Pictured), Black/Shadow
DC Platoon | Platoon SPT Bib Pants
DC teamed up with Snow Park Technologies to help design their special edition Platoon bib pants this year, and the renowned park shapers have had a notable influence on the beefed up SPT version...
Featuring 20k/20k Exotex fabric (15k/15k on the regular edition), fully taped seams, reflective strips for better visibility, a radio pocket with antenna outlet, articulated knees, and an all important 360° zip that makes them wearable as regular pants - these are as well suited to work on snow as it gets. And if you like the look but don't want as many bells and whistles, the regular edition is still a well capable option too.
Colourways: Dull Gold (Pictured), Camouflage Lodge | Black (Pictured)
DAKINE.COM (Platoon SPT)
Holden Fader Bib Pants
Straight out the wood workshop is the look Holden have gone for with their Fader bib pants - offering a loose and casual look that is fully in contrast with the tech on offer.
20k/15k Ottoman fabric hides its waterproofing well behind a street-look finish, while solvent free lamination and 80/20 PFOA-free DWR finishing is more environmentally friendly than many competitors - an ethos that's even carried through to the biodegradable packaging Holden use for shipment.
Colourways: Bison (Pictured), Black
Homeschool Core Bib Pants
Homeschool's Pacific Northwest foundation is on the up - providing two lines designed to deal with conditions in Baker and Mount Hood.
The Core bib pants come from the latter, meaning they're designed to be functional without having too many add-ons, thus helping to keep the price down. They feature two layer 10k/10k fabric, an ultra-high chest panel, waist adjustment to keep the fit good and a large chest pocket for your stashables.
Colourways: Night, Oak/Night, Lichen/Night, Baron/Night
L1 Women's Loretta Bib Pants | L1 x KR3W Bib Pants
Nitro subdivision L1 have always got their ear to the ground when it comes to urban inspired items, and there are no shortage of neutral coulourways with these two bib options.
Both built in 10k/10k fabric for season round use, the KR3W fits as a regular overall, while the Loretta is a slimmer fit with a minimal back panel. Simple styling that'll last - what's not to like?
Colourways: Black (Pictured), KR3W Midnight, KR3W Coffee, Pearl | Black (Pictured), Brush, Ink, Pearl
Neff Cope Bib Pants
Incase you haven't noticed the trend yet, most bib pants tend to be shell options for those who like to layer, and the Neff Cope bib pants are no exception...
Coming in in black and camo, they're 15k/10k in terms of weather protection, with plenty of pockets for all your kit carrying needs.
Articulated knees, a reinforced heel, and handwarmer pockets are nice little extras too.
Colourways: Black (Pictured), Camo
Quiksilver Found Bib Pants | Altrostratus 3L Gore Tex Bib Pants
Two different levels of tech here from Quiksilver, but both are worthy options for your time in the mountains.
The Found bib has Quik's 15k DryFlight tech, with a regular fit and critically taped seams, making it more of an everyday bit of kit - while the sci-fi sounding Altostratus (actually referring to clouds) bump things up with full 3L Gore Tex C-Knit fabric, Kevlar reinforcement, fully taped seams and much more. What will work best for you is fully dependent on how much you demand out of your kit.
Colourways: Forest Night (Pictured), Pumpkin Spice, Black | Quiet Shade (Pictured), Navy Blazer
Sessions Comstock Bib Pants
Inspired by alpine loggers of days gone by, Sessions' Comstock bib is a tailored fit overall with a large bib pocket and simple, straightforward styling. 10k/8k fabrics help this shell see off the snow, and critically taped seams give back up to key areas.
Colourways: Black, Cordovan (Pictured), Tan
10k/8k nylon shell, fully taped, tailored fit
Templeton Cappuchino Bib Pants
Another option if you're keen to be able to separate out the bib part altogether - Templeton's Cappuchino bib pants give you the flexibility to tailor your options depending on the conditions.
Plenty of neatly hidden pockets, 10k/10k fabric, and a low sitting styling add to the mix.
Colourways: Cream (Pictured), Black
ThirtyTwo Basement Bib Pants
ThirtyTwo's Basement bib pants take styling from the warehouse and stack it into Chris Grenier's own 10k/10k two layer modern classic.
Contrast patches pockets in the Clove colourway shown give heaps of storage, while fully taped seams seal everything up nicely, and a relaxed fit helps make these super comfy wherever you find yourself riding.
Colourways: Clove (Pictured), Black
Volcom Roan Bib Pants | Women's Verdi Bib Pants
Another male/female equivalent combo here from Volcom, but with two distinct looks on offer.
Bothe are 15k/15k V Science two layer shells, but while the men's Roan has a more relaxed fit with cargo pockets, the women's Verdi is a more slimline fit with hidden stash pockets. Both are built with stretch fabric however, so movement won't be a worry - and with tactical reinforcement in vulnerable spots everyday wear will be minimised too. Both look to be great options for season long use...
Colourways: CAM, TEK (Pictured) | BLK, MUL (Pictured)
Westbeach Birch Bib Pants II
Bucking the trend with a more stand out colour combo the Westbeach Birch Bib Pant II is a super high end fabric shell, that boasts 30k/30k waterproofing/breathability in a lightweight, packable package.
Fully sealed seams leave no gaps for moisture, and even the zips are given Aquaguard protection - while features like the two-way central zip are helpful for giving you options when nature calls or if you need to reach inside pockets.
Colourways: CAM, TEK (Pictured) | BLK, MUL (Pictured)