The U10 shell bib, made from sugar waste, definitely hits a sweet spot – it’s reliably waterproof, breathable and comfortable, and comes complete with eye-catching looks.
Great fit and design
Highly waterproof and breathable
Innovative eco-friendly construction
Not enough insulation for the chilliest temps
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Picture Organic U10 Snow Bib: first impressions
The eco creds of the Picture Organic U10 Snow Bib are instantly impressive. The brand’s winter 2021/2022 snow sports collection is made using an innovative and eco-friendly material – sugar cane waste – which avoids the need to use fossil fuels to make activewear. (Why not check out some other eco-friendly outdoor brands?)
Plus, while we’ll always put performance before looks when buying ski gear, we have to compliment the U10’s smart utility styling, and we love the earthy, neutral shades it is available in.
But how did the U10 fare under test conditions for our best women’s ski pants buying guide? Read on…
• RRP: $300 (US) / £226 (UK)
• Waterproofing: 20K / 20K Dryplay membrane with a Teflon EcoElite PFC-free durable water-repellent treatment (20,000mm HH)
• Insulation: Coremax lining
• Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL
• Colors: Black / Tan Brown / Rose Taupe
• Compatibility: A high-performing bib both on-piste and off in warmer weather
Picture Organic U10 Snow Bib: on the slopes
Quite apart from its environmental credentials and good looks, the U10 is a brilliant bib – on test we loved the dungaree styling and the fit, which is adjustable and features a stretchy Lycra back panel for an added range of movement. This pant is also highly waterproof, with a hydrostatic head (HH) of 20,000mm, and it is very breathable – ideal if you’re going off-piste into the backcountry and are working up a sweat while you do so.
All the extra details we usually look for are here, including taped seams, well-placed pockets (we like the chest pocket for storing a phone within easy reach) and snow gaiters.
The U10 is only lightly insulated (it works better to think of it as more than a shell but less than a bulky salopette) but when teamed with good thermals it will work for most winter conditions, although it’s still slightly on the heavy side at 1kg.
The lack of insulation can be seen as a bonus when spring comes to the mountains, and it also means you can wear this bib for hiking and mountain adventures as well as snow sports.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.