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For some skiers at Thread the Needle, the Stio Environ Bib—made for men and women—was their favorite piece of the week.

“Resort shredders. These pants aren’t the most breathable, but they sure are comfortable. Unzip the vent to cool off, and ride these all season at your local hill,” said Sam Taggart.

“The fit is dialed,” said Crystal Sagan. “I can move freely without being restricted with enough room through the thigh for true skier legs to get into a full tuck or hike uphill without getting tight and restricting movement.”


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