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by Diane Spicer
The best plus size womens outdoor clothing (also called extended size) which fits and looks good is hard to find.
Somehow, it's hard for outdoor gear companies to fathom that women hikers come in all ages, sizes, shapes and heights.
If you're looking for ideas on what to wear hiking, like plus size convertible hiking pants and waterproof rain pants, you're on the right page.
Ever have this happen to you?
You go into an outdoor clothing retail shop and browse through the selections of hiking pants, hiking shirts, rain gear and other womens hiking apparel and active wear.
You search for your size.
As in zip.
Frustration turns to anger.
Please don't take the lack of women's extended sizes personally.
And someday, size inclusive hiking clothing will be a reality.
Why do I make that prediction?
Because there are positive signs of improvement in some outdoor clothing brands, like REI Co-op.
Don't waste any more time in frustration or anger as you shop for extended size outdoor clothing.
Instead, go straight to the outdoor gear companies who pay attention to women hikers who are not served by the size range that most hiking clothes are designed for in the U.S. (which seems to be up to size 14 or so).
Let them know that your needs exist, and don't be shy about sending them feedback and posting reviews of their products!
Hitting the trail isn't a privilege for women "of a certain size", right?
REI Co-op is constantly adding options, most up to 3X, and you can get an overview of their selection here.
SkirtSports offers a line of clothing designed and tested by women who wear 1X, 2X and 3X.
They call it their Move Without Limits line!
Now, a closer look at other sources of plus size womens outdoor clothing that will work for female hikers, in no particular order.
Let's name some names, shall we?
Columbia makes hiking pants in sizes ranging from 16W to 24W.
These straight leg non-convertible pants are great for hiking when rain is more than a distant possibility.
The waist band is adjustable.
There's one little zippered pocket.
Also from Columbia are these convertible pants (lower legs zip off fast to convert to shorts) in two different length options, called the Saturday Trail II Pants.
Take a look at these because they have:
If you'd prefer knee length trail pants, here they are!
These White Sierra convertible pants have all of the technical features you look for in hiking pants:
L.L. Bean makes these Comfort Trail Pants.
Great features to customize your fit, including:
Worthy trail features include:
These are also available in a cropped version, if you'd prefer your calves to be unencumbered in warmer hiking weather.
Would you rather hike in shorts?
And a hard earned (as in I've had some epic failures) word to the wise:
Get a few ideas for the best hiking underwear to wear under your pants and shorts here.
Stretchy fabric, ventilation, quick drying, and versatile!
This shirt is going to work hard for you on the trail, and look good, too.
Columbia's extended sizing options to the rescue again!
This button front long sleeved shirt works on or off the trail, featuring:
They also have a short sleeve shirt with moisture wicking fabric and relaxed fit for under a backpack.
And for great options in tank tops, check out your SkirtSports options.
Need a supportive yet comfortable plus size sports bra under that shirt?
1. Don't be discouraged if your size and fit is hard to find in hiking attire.
2. Start by looking at the styles and companies mentioned here, because lots of other hiking women have recommended them.
3. Look at Juno for a full line of womens active wear in your size, too.
4. Send me your questions about plus size hiking, and I'll be happy to answer them.
Lots more extended size hiking clothing options here, too.
Happy trails to you!
Plus Size Womens Hiking Outfits
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