Outfitting for Adventure: The Problem with Women's Outdoor Gear - The Toast
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"Jill Missal, founder of GearGals.com—a blog devoted to reviewing women’s outdoor gear—has been hearing the same feedback from her readers for a decade. “The biggest complaints regarding inadequacies of women’s gear compared to men’s are lack of pockets, color choices, and fit,” she says. For example, men’s ski pants don’t change much from year to year, but lately the industry has been designing women’s ski pants to look more like skinny jeans. The result? Too-tight pants that make it hard to move freely, with pockets so shallow they can barely hold your car keys."
"The disconnect is obvious: these companies are outfitting women who are scaling rock faces, running marathons, and scrambling up mountain tops. We need our clothing to be ultra functional, not ultra feminine. Sure, there are some women who gravitate toward traditionally feminine colors, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but there are also many of us who are desperate for a jacket in navy blue, hunter green, or charcoal gray. We’d also kill for pants with pockets big enough for our wallets, because none of us are bringing our purses on the trail. Lauren Heumann, a pro guide based in the Bay Area, notes that even unisex, one-size-fits-all items like hats and gloves are designed with men in mind, leaving her with “baggy items that inhibit peak performance, as I’m constantly readjusting and trying to tighten them down.”"
I really wish they'd touched on the "womens" sizing issue as well - fixing all of the other problems, but not that one, will still leave a bunch of people forced to shop in the wrong section.
The comments are (!) awesome, though this is my favorite: "I've begun to suspect that some of it is an attempt to allay male consumer's fear of accidentally buying women's gear and thereby being turned into women themselves (which hardly ever happens, and even more rarely by accident)."
I wonder if that's connected to all of the baby clothes I found in basic colors that were labeled with "little guy" and "daddy's boy" and similar sayings. Can't have the little boys mistaken for girls!
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