Well Columbia did it!!!! Sporty big women can be happy! Columbia really delivers! And in nice colours and great quality! If you are a plus sized woman, you can be secure in the knowledge that you can be outdoorsy and have the right stuff! So much of the plus sized technical clothing is NOT sized for plus sized women’s bodies at all. No accommodation for hips, or curved bottoms or… my other horror… BIG upper arms! I try on plus sized jacket after jacket, and they never work!
But Columbia fits great!!!!! I also really appreciate that their fat clothes are called ‘extended sizing.’ I think that is just nice. -NB- I was just on their site, and now it says plus sized. 😐
Here is my Fleece! Officially, it is a “Fast Trek™ II Full Zip Fleece” in ‘Airstream’. It has shaping through the bust so you don’t look like a volvo (boxy but good!) and through the waist. I have had many a fleece that was just a big square, because fat people are OBVIOUSLY a big square. And it fits perfectly! The colour is also complete awesomesauce!
Next is my “Switchback™ II Jacket”. I bought a 3x (as with my fleece) And it fits well over my size 22-24 bootay. The arms are big enough! It has a hideaway hood which I love, because I hate my hood flopping around with my backpack! I can actually just get it on over my fleece for that great layery look. I think my only carp about it would be that it was thinner than I was expecting and as it is a squall shell, it doesn’t breathe as well as I had hoped… but it is awesome. It is rumply because I left it in it’s pocket! But the rumples fall out very quickly.
It is super light and packs into its pocket! What isn’t to love?
Lastly, my C9 by Champion 2X running pants. Not much to say here. They are pretty good, and were an awesome sale. (regularly $40, for $20 at Target- I bought before the boycott, but really? I find Target online has lots of plus!) So nothing but non chafing, flat seams, which is what I want! Curves into the bottom nicely! I have some of Champion’s other plus sized pants, and I am thrilled with them. I think Champion does the job REALLY nicely! I quite like walking in compression pants… and I was really worried that if I sprung for convertible pants, that the line of the leg zipper would chafe. So these are safe. I also bought them in black and grey which are the ones I will probably take on the Camino. I like the blue and blue heather better, so I will pack them for real life walking post adventure!