Inclusive Outdoor Clothing

Navigating the active outdoor wear market is bloody hard as a fat person. Most brands don’t make up to my size and even if they do, it’s not in physical stores so I can’t check the fit for my body. So instead I, like many fat people, get stuck in a horrible and uncomfortable loop of wanting to be active and get outdoors but unable to find appropriate apparel limits my access to healthy fulfilling outdoor fun!

As a maker you would think I could mitigate this pretty well myself, but, getting access to specialist rugged outdoor fabrics isnt easy, let alone patterns which fit my needs and size band.

A new pattern company called Sew Outdoorsy has just launched it’s first pattern and I am so excited for their future and the patterns they will release but for right now I need solutions.

I’ve started pinning and searching for outfit inspo which I have compiled below for your viewing pleasure but also a list of outdoor activewear brands which go above a size 20 Australian. I know, big ask!

So what do I want in my outdoor adventure wardrobe?

  1. Beathable lightweight pants for hiking in.
  2. Half zip pullover
  3. Merino baselayer
  4. Linen long sleeve shirt
  5. High waist shorts
  6. Down puffer vest
  7. Flannel shirt
  8. Shacket

Current list of size 20 plus retailers, please comment below if you have any other suggestions so I can expand my list.

Plus Outdoors

Online only Australian based shop specialising in plus size outdoorwear. Good range of high quality gear but with a higher pricetag.

https://www.plusoutdoor.com.au/

Anaconda

Anaconda sell a few peices that are plus sized including the brand Gondwana. I have a couple of peices and am really happy with the quality and the fit for my body type.

https://www.anacondastores.com/clothing-collections/plus-size-collection/womens-plus-size

REI Co-Op

This is a big American brand but you can purchase and have their clothes shipped here to Australia.

https://www.rei.com/s/womens-plus-size-clothing

MacPac

MAcPAc has a limited range which goes up to a size 24. I have actually bought a puffer vest and hiking pants from MacPac so I’mm looking forward to seeing how they fit but unfortunately they did not have the extended sizing last time I went instore so I have no idea. It was a LOT of money to spend on clothes I haven’t tried on.

https://www.macpac.com.au/

Alpine Parrot

Startup currently manufacturing adventuring pants.

https://alpineparrot.com/

The Gregory

The grgory has plus size packs for hiking and camping

https://www.gregorypacks.com/plussizeguide.html

Thanks for reading and in the words of Pete Nelson TO THE TREES!

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