Over the years I've have spent countless hours looking for jackets and pants made for a woman that fit me.
I have yet to find any.
There are quite a few of my regular social circle on the slopes who are firm believers in being at the height of snow fashion while riding at the hill...
I'm not one of those fashion monkeys. Skiing for me is not a fashion show. It's a hobby, it's a sport, I'd rather wow them with my carving than my snappy goggles that are this season's graphics.
I still want a jacket that fits. I want a powder skirt. I want inner wrist covers to keep snow out of my sleeves when I bite it. I want 10,000 or higher waterproof ratings, taped seams and breathability. I want to be able to lift my arms to put my helmet on without showing my belly button. I'd like to have under arm zips for those days when working up a sweat is guaranteed. I want my pants to be long enough and have some venting as well.
I live in Minnesota... if you don't like the weather, wait an hour. Those zippers are vital.
Manufacturers make jackets and pants that can fit the bill for function, but they make them for tiny little women with itty bitty bodies and a short torso and they often make them in the girliest colors imaginable.
1- Someone older than 12 might want to snowboard or ski.
2- Not every woman has a small frame.
3- We all belong on the slopes... every one of us... regardless of our size...
So here are some interesting stats.
The North Face's largest women's pants are an XL and they say that's a size 16. The waist is 32.25-34in and the hips are from 42-44.
Arc'teryx Women's largest women's pants are an XL and they say that's a size 16-18. The waist is 36in and the hip 47. Getting better, but I'm still not getting in there with my long johns on.
Patagonia Women's largest women's pants are an XL and they say that's a size 16. The waist is 33.5 and the hips 44.
Spyder-Women's largest women's pants are an XL and they say that's a size 16 with 33 and 43 for waist and hips.
Cloudveil Women's largest is also XL/size 16. Waist 32 and hips 43.
(is it just me, but I thought that a man's waist at 32 is like a medium, or a small.... )
And it gets better...
Burton Women's XL pants are a 31-32 inch waist and they don't even bother pretending it's comparable to a size.
So that brings me to Marmot... who is thinking about trying.
They have one or two pair of pants that go to an XXL.
For the vast majority of their women's pants the XL is the largest at a 33-35 inch waist and a 44-46 inch hip.
For the few items you can find where the sizing is different(like the Marmot Randonnee Pant) you can get up to a 37-39 inches in the waist and 46 to 48inches in the hips for an XL and the XXL is 40-42 and 50 to 52.
Of course, that particular pair of pants is $270 to $300 bucks and I've never seen an XXL in stock anywhere.
I'm not sure my point of all this, but sometimes it's just nice to get this stuff off my chest.
Ski attire for women is in my top ten pet peeves of ALL time.
Edited by: SARAHSLY at: 1/27/2009 (11:18)
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