If there is any company that decides to make hiking apparel that will fit larger ladies, they will make a mint!
I fluctuate between a size 12 and 14 and I absolutely cannot find hiking clothing that fits me. I won't lie - I'm carrying a few extra pounds but I still like to hike. I see plenty of women my size on the trails so I know I'm not alone.
Most brands don't make larger than an XL and most shirts that size hug my stomach (my problem area, thanks kids!) and make me look pregnant. Pants? If I can even find them in my size they are usually low rise and the size 14 usually doesn't fit. REI does carry the screeline pants that are in my size and they are pretty good but heavy. Their Sahara line doesn't work because the fit is somewhat different so still looking for a lighter weight pair of pants for summer. I have a pair of Columbias that are supposed to be mid rise but they cut my stomach in half and are almost painful after and hour or so.
Any ideas on where to find hiking clothes in somewhat larger sizes? Would guy's clothes work?
I'm with you! I have trouble finding outdoor clothes that fit well also. I often think, "What? Only skinny chicks are allowed to hike and like the outdoors?"
I did manage to find some clothes at Bass, I think. Men's clothing doesn't work for me, as I'm a little hippy vs. straight waist, so the gap is way too big at the waist if I get a pair to get over my hips. You may want to try a local Scout shop. They've got women's sizes, but you're limited to green(boy scout) or gray(Venturing).
I have found that the men's pants mostly fit better than women's. They don't fit well, but better.
I'm more of a 10/12, but have a tendency to an apple shape, so not too much waist. I got a pair of men's Columbia pants (the lighter weight ones) that are pretty good, and since they come with a belt I can adjust the waist. They are a little "high rise" but that's actually good under a pack, at least for me.
Same here--I've actually had better luck with men's pants, too. I've been wearing a pair of men's Woolrich hiking pants that are just about in shreds for YEARS. The waist has elastic and a belt, so I can cinch it down to fit pretty well, and the legs are roomy (I carry any extra weight in my thighs) AND long enough. I need a 33/34 inseam, so that makes it tough, even in men's sizes. My main problem, in addition to the inseam length. is that women's pants are too loose in the waist, and too tight in the butt/thighs... and too low cut.
Post by Campfires&Concierges on Jun 19, 2017 11:44:35 GMT -8
Have you checked Athleta? I'm a big fan of their clothes - they have some really lightweight hiking pants this season - almost like parachute pants material (yes, I am a child of the 80's!) The only downside is that they almost never have any kind of sale, so you'll usually pay full price (but free shipping if you don't have a store near you)
I have recently been trying out skorts for hiking - I bought a pair of Ex Officio travel leggings that I can slip on under the skort in the morning and remove once it warms up, without taking the skort off. Haven't tried this live yet, but that's the idea...