Written by Ambassador: Nic Schneider
If you’re looking for the best outerwear to hit the mountains, either using lifts or your own two feet, you can stop your search. The Teton Bros TB Jacket and Bibs are the best I’ve worn and the best I’ve seen. Both the TB jacket and the TB bibs use Polartec Neoshell. This material is perfect for aerobic winter sports due to it’s stretch, breathability, and waterproofing. Neoshell combines all the benefits of a soft shell and hardshell into one amazing material.
Teton Bros is a Japanese company founded in 2007 by the mountaineer Nori Suzuki. They just began distributing to the US in 2015. The TB jacket is their flagship apparel created with the help of ski patrol and ski guides. The TB Bibs pair perfectly with the jacket. Pingora Outdoors is proud to carry this brand and we want to get their amazing products to as many outdoor adventures as we can.
* Disclaimer this review is based off of only 5 days and sole use inbounds. I will update this post after slashing some corn snow in the beautiful Three Sisters Wilderness in Central Oregon.
The Teton Bros TB jacket is hands down the best shell I have seen, or used. The material feels good even with a t-shirt on underneath, which is often not the case with waterproof jackets. This jacket could be a quiver killer of a coat for cruising through town, hitting the slopes, or on a backpacking trip. The jacket is crazy light for how durable it is at 545g in the medium. For those who hate the stiffness and the loud noise of hardshells this is the waterproof jacket for you.
The jacket features a hood that is comfortable with and without a helmet. Due to how close the main zipper comes to your neck, it is necessary to unzip the jacket a bit to fit the hood over a helmet. The hood is easily adjustable with gloves or mittens and stays put when crushing groomers on a windy day. Since the hood is large it is possible for it to become a sail on windy days, this is preventable by tightening the hood.
There are two large main chest pockets that can be used with a harness or backpack on. These pockets have a great design, I can fit all the food I want for the day in them and not even notice its there. I was not able to say that about similar pockets on my Arcteryx ski shell. There is also a small pocket on the left arm for chap stick, lift pass, or other small items. A media pocket is notably missing from this shell, really the only thing making it not perfect for me. I usually use either a pocket in my midlayer or the bibs zip pocket for my phone.
Inside the coat are two mesh skin/goggle pockets. Due to the great placement of the pit zips, you are able to access these pockets without unzipping the main zipper. The pit zips begin in the front of your chest and then move down to the side of the jacket. I have found the not only does this allow me to access my pockets in other layers, but it dumps heat faster.
Probably my favorite feature is the cuffs on this jacket. They remind me of a wizards sleeve with velcro adjustability. This allows for the perfect fit with any pair of gloves or mittens. This jackets appears to be very durable, I have taken park falls, scraped trees and rocks, with no noticeable wear. I would recommend this jacket for anyone who is looking for a durable waterproof shell that stretches and breaths. I went with the XL in the jacket, due to the length and fit I wanted.
The Teton Bros TB bib’s are the first pair of bibs that I have used. In regards to bibs vs. pants, I’m totally sold on bibs and will never go back. Bibs are more comfortable due to the lack of waistband, extra pockets, and they keep the snow out. The bibs portion is removable so they can turn into regular pants if wanted.
The bibs feature 2 small thigh pockets, a large zip pocket (cell phone, tools, keys, etc.), and a velcro map pocket (can be used for similar things as the zip pocket). The bibs also have half-length zip vents on the outside of both legs. These pants feel just as great as the jacket. I believe that the Neoshell fabric on the bibs is slightly different, which could explain the durability issue I had. These bibs are just as stretchy, comfortable, waterproof, and breathable as the TB Jacket. They include scuff guards for skinning or skiing.
The only real issue I had with the pants was after a mellow fall in the park I tore a small hole the knee. It was easily fixed with Gear Aid tenacious tape patches. I have taken much worse falls with these pants including run-ins with trees and experienced no other durability issues. Perhaps there was just a sharp barb on the feature?
The snap used to keep the gaitors down is a little difficult to use with tightly laced boots. This snap does keep the pants down much better than the traditional metal hook. In regrards to the Neoshell these pants are amazingly stretchy and I have had no problems with mobility. For us taller people, I’m 6 1’, you need to size up to gain the desired length. I went with the large in the bibs, but could have been happier in the XL’s.