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    Cool clothes for women

    Does anyone have suggestions on a sports bra, a t-shirt, socks, and what style pants? I'm a 16 so I can't buy from Nike or etc...
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    I started to reply on the overweight female hiker thread, and decided to move it over here:
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    does any females have any suggestions on clothing...i'm about a 16 and REI and different sites don't go up that high. Im also afraid i wear yoga pants they will rub together in between my thighs and tear a whole because that happens with gap yoga pants when i job. any help welcome. thanks
    I'm between a 12 and 14. I hear you about thighs rubbing. I tell myself that someday I'll have those slim thighs I see on other women, the ones I used to have when I was 9 years old. Well, maybe that's not realistic. Sigh.

    I mostly hike in close-fitting stretchy long shorts. Thighs rub, but no more chafing. When it's too cold for shorts, I sometimes wear tights (not sure if they're yoga pants or not ... ) Mostly I save the tights for sleeping, and avoid getting them damp with sweat.

    Shirts are easy, just get a men's size that works for you.

    My sock preference is toe socks from Injinji, paired with any decent quality thick wool sock.

    I usually wear a sturdy underwire bra with good support and separation while hiking. At night, take it off and let it air out. It won't dry out, but at least I'm not sleeping in it. Sleep with no bra, or bring a separate comfy bra if you prefer.

    It's easy to spend too much on clothes from the outdoor clothing specialists. It's worth your time to give Walmart a look. Nobody on the trail cares where you made your purchase or how much it costs. After just a couple days, we all stink.

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    I just buy stuff from Walmart...Danskin brand seems to hold up well enough for as much as I am likely to tear stuff up on the trail. I'm not a big gal but they carry a lot of larger plus sizes that sound like they would cater to you.

    I wear Danskin capris, sportbras and t-shirts, all synthetic and all comfortable. For socks I stick with Darn Tuff 1/4 crew and DG gaiters

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    thank you!!!

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    Now I know where the Danskin brand is sold. I buy them at my local clothing thrift store. While I am not a 16, the thrift stores near me sell lots of that size. My advice is simple. Skip anything with cotton. You might think your misery is the heat, but it can just be the wrong clothes (or fabric).
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    Carissa,
    I responded on clothing in the overweight female thread. I found a Nike athletic skirt at Kohls, as it's stretchy a Lg worked for me. (I am size 16/18) To prevent the thigh rub I purchased XL women's merino wool jockey short underwear from Amazon. The combination works very well. Jockey shorts prevent chaffing but allows coverage during butt scoots and rock slides. I wear knee sleeves for support backpacking so legs covered to mid thigh between skirt and knee sleeves. For colder hiking I purchased a pair of size 18 Columbia pants on sale at Bealls department store. Merino wool t-shirts, XL from Cabella's on line. Watch for sales and use coupons for department store athletic departments. What's right is what works for you. I second NJdreamer and avoid cotton if you can.

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    Oops forgot to add, sports bra from Walmart on sale. Closes in the front making it easier to get on whether wet or dry or sweaty or not. On the trail, trying to turn around from others and fight with a sports bra over big lady breasts and side rolls doesn't work well for me. The front closure is harder to find but worth it if you can find one.

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    I searched high and low for the "perfect" sports bra for me. It had to close in the front because taking a sweaty sports bra off over large breasts is a greater challenge than hiking.

    Finally, I followed my daughters advice, got fitted for size and went to Victoria's Secret (because I needed a 36DDD) and found one that fits wonderfully. It also has two closures so I feel extra secure. I just about passed out paying that much for something I could buy at WalMart for a few bucks, but it has been worth it. That bra lasted for three years and we hike twice a year and walk over 1000 miles each year. I just ordered two more to replace it (the poor old underwire finally gave up.)


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    Title nine for sports bras. Women-owned company, excellent customer service. A little pricey but excellent quality products, all rated by activity and impact, tells you which bras are best for which sizes, etc. I've been using them for at least ten years and have never been disappointed. I second Danskin leggings and Capri's from Walmart, I hike in those all the time with a skirt over.

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    My go-to sports bra is Moving Comfort. They have bras for every size cup and they also rate their bras according to support (there is a no-bounce bra they make that looks like a tank). Tons of colors, styles and other options.

    I like Darn Tough and Smart Wool for socks and I'm playing around with Columbia's longer shorts and capris. I'm trying to get sun coverage and the longer shorts are very comfortable.

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    Moving Comfort was so much better before Brooks took over. My longtime favorite Fiona bra is now a flimsy, wimpy shadow of its former self. Bah.

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    Check the thrift store for new items. Once you get heated the smell will start in any clothes. However Will say that eventually I found gear in hiker boxes after people started loosing weight.

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    I buy fishing pants and shorts from sporting goods stores. They work well with preventing chaffing. I have had this thigh rubbing problem even when I was 50 pounds lighter. I use all quick dry clothing tops which I get from the fishing sections at sporting goods stores. Fishing clothes are made to get wet and dry quickly.

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