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03-01-2014 09:03 AM
Re: Boat clothing for the plus sized woman

I know this is an old thread, however, I thought I would post this clothing site. They don't have specifically sailing rain gear, they do however have some really nice rain gear for plus sizes. On the expensive side, but good quality. They also have some nice casual resort style clothing for the plus size.

lorisgolfshoppe . com
09-27-2012 09:39 AM
Re: Boat clothing for the plus sized woman

I don't have any helpful suggestions, just a sympathetic anecdote to share. When I lived in Hawaii, I went to the Goodwill to find some aloha shirts. They had 2 huge racks of the most beautiful aloha shirts that you've ever seen. Many were new with the tags on. Many came from high end stores and had cost over $75.00 new. All of them looked like they'd been washed once, max, and they were $2.00.
All but a dozen of them were size S or M. I'm a XXL. They had one. It was about the only ugly one there.
09-27-2012 09:20 AM
Re: Boat clothing for the plus sized woman

how can a 5xl actually coordinate on a boat??? just curious..i know my fexibility factor diminishes greatly with every size i carry larger than a 12.....
09-17-2012 08:01 PM
Re: Boat clothing for the plus sized woman

My biggest problem is finding foul weather wear. Most mfg's make them only up to about a size 14 for women. Men's sizes go larger of course, but don't work because the shoulders are too wide, the sleeves are too long and the hips are too narrow to work on a woman's body. Finding shorts, shirts, swimwear, wind breakers, and fleece is possible though not easy from places like Land's End and Columbia.
09-17-2012 07:30 PM
Re: Boat clothing for the plus sized woman


I am a outdoor clothing manufacturer and it seems there is a definite need for plus sized sailing wear. If I can get some interest I will investigate a range from 2xl - 5xl to sell from an online store. There is a number of possibilites.
Get back to me with your thoughts.

05-29-2010 04:42 PM
Try Columbia

Sorry - I just saw this threas.

Columbia has several choices of goretex-like waterproof jackets in women's plus sizes. I haven't tried to find bibs, but they might have pants.

You can go to the Columbia web site, but several other sites carry Columbia, including Cabella's, REI, and the discount sites Altrec and Campmor.

From a fellow/former plus size who's already lost 2 sizes since moving aboard, good luck!

03-03-2010 11:06 PM
blt2ski Sorry about that. Thought the sizes went a bit bigger.

I wear my ski gear for the most part. Boarding gear might be a bit better/nicer, as there is padding in the butt, knees etc from where one would sit/kneel in the snow on the pant part.

My pants themselves are actual boat foulies, but coat is one of two ski coats. Spouse was able to find a coat and pant to fit her, she is in the 14-18 range depending upon the cut of clothing. Daughters are in the 12-14 and 18-22 range. Ex IIRC is a lot bigger yet. They all hate trying to find some kinds of clothes!

Good luck!

03-03-2010 10:35 PM
RainDog Cabela's sells Women's gore-tex suits up to at least 2XL (Which they list as size 22).

Cabela's -- Rainwear

Helly Hansen has sailing gear up to at lest 3XL, not sure what size that is, but they have a size chart on their site.

Jackets - Pants - ski - Accessories - Sailing - Skiing - Helly
03-03-2010 10:21 PM
They don't have much out there for little people ...

I feel your frustration, only from the other end of the spectrum. My wife, on a tall day, is 4' 10" and finding gear that fits is just as big a challenge.

We went to Strictly Sail - Chicago, hit all the clothing vendors and just tried stuff on until we found a combo that fit. You might consider doing the same if there is a show anywhere near you.
03-03-2010 09:46 PM
daydreamer92 Thanks, I came across that site (and the SA forum). Those sizes look to be only up to 14, which isn't useful for me but may be to others, thanks for posting it.

I am having some luck looking at rainproof/warm gear that isn't labeled for sailing, per a suggestion I read elsewhere. For example, bibs for snowboarding or skiing are to be had in women's plus sizes, as are some wet suits (if one wanted to wear one under something).

Granted these are not true "foul weather gear", but if the weather is at all foul, we wouldn't be heading out for a sail around the bay. The prices come down if the word "sailing" isn't in front of the tag, I've noticed.

Also Grunder's seems to make actual foul weather gear that may fix, with some leg shortening.

Thanks for the replies.
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