Help a Reader Time

In the Sporty Kate thread, JMars asks…

I’m in need of a pair of waterPROOF pants for a trip next winter. There’s a pair of windpants on REI that are WP, but they only run to size 22-24 and I wear size 28. Other than Junonia or REI, does anyone have any ideas where I might find some? I prefer not to wear mens ski pants as they are too long and to find a pair that fits over my thighs, the waist is usually about 6″ too big.

Readers? Any ideas? I’m gonna start googling now.

ETA: Team Estrogen carries the Sport Hill plus line, among others. They don’t seem to have what you’re looking for right now but might when it gets closer to winter.

Terry has these, which say they’re windproof and insulated, if not waterproof.

But yeah, I think Junonia might be your best bet, and all they’ve got right now is a water-resistant pair, not waterPROOF.

I would love it if the readers came up with something better!

12 thoughts on “Help a Reader Time

  1. Rocky Mountain Trading Company has these rain pants in a 3x:

    I’m not sure what the application will be, but if it’s wading, I picked up some Hodgman breathable chest waders that were made for big men, got stockingfoot ones, and got wading shoes that were small enough for my womanly feet. The straps were adjustable, so I was able to get them to stay up even though I’m 5′ tall :)

    Here I am doing some field work in them:


  2. I think you could search forever. I think your real options are experimenting with having a seamstress or tailor cut down a pair of men’s pants in the areas that are too big, or go custom.

    Here are some places I googled that do custom work.

    I have never dealt with any of them, but it sounds like time is on your side to contact them and see what they can do for you, what your fabric choices are, etc. If they can’t help, be sure to ask if they know of somebody who can. Be prepared to give really excellent measurements; have somebody help you so you get the best numbers.

  3. Thank you all so much for introducing me to Junonia; I just ordered 2 really cute jackets: the quilted reversible jacket and the tapestry jacket in denim blue. I’m hoping they’ll be suitable for job interviews, but if not I like them so much I’ll wear them for every other possible occasion. Anyway, thanks!

  4. Thanks for the suggestions. I’m going on a cruise to Antarctica at the end of January, and need something that will stay dry stepping into foot-deep water. If Junonia doesn’t come through with something, I’ve got a couple of fallbacks.

    Cool photo, Rio!

    My Terry skort arrived yesterday and Kate, you are definitely not crazy to be so enamored of it. Stand back, Buenos Aires — should be just the thing for walking around during our day there on the way to the cruise.

  5. jmars:

    I don’t know of anything that will stay dry completely submerged like that. The best thing I’ve bought from Junonia on that regard are wetsuit pants, but they only go down to your calves.

    You might want to consider wearing hip waders. I’ve been using them all summer for work as I have to hike through streams at times. I wear a size 28 as well and the only problems i have with them are certain types don’t go over my thighs when I have bulky pants on.

    Be sure to get a pair large enough that gives you good knee motion. Also look for the ones that are a thinner material because that will give you the best range of motions.

  6. I agree on the remarks that Sarah had on the waders. I had a pair for fly-fishing and for being submerged, I can’t think of anything else that would work. I hope you have a great trip!

  7. Get a pair of Wellies and tuck your pants into them.

    Otherwise, I found that getting men’s waterproof pants was the only way to go. Finding hiking and camping gear is a constant battle.

  8. I third (fourth?) the waders. Anytime I waded in something other than that for work (rubber boots or the like) I ended up stepping in at least one part of the stream that was just a leetle deeper than the the top of the boot and it would fill with water. Then you are walking around with sopping, icy-cold socks for the rest of the day. I would say foot-deep water is for sure in the category that will end up spilling over into your boots at some point. Plus if you’re going to be in Antarctica, waders will keep you warm. :)

    I find the chest kind like Rio Iriri’s to be the most convenient and comfortable. Once you have them on, they’re in place and comfortable and you’re good to go. Hip waders tend to fall down. Although they are better for making a “quick getaway” like when I was in Alaska in middle school and stepped in a really soft spot. My boot went in all the way up to the hip and I was able to pull my leg free from it because it came off. (Not that there weren’t other people around to help me, but still.)

  9. One question about the waders, as I’ve never worn them. How flexible are they and roughly how much do they weigh? They will need to fit (along with all my other clothes for 2 weeks) into a suitcase that meets Delta’s size requirements, so it may be a bit challenging if they are bulky and hard to pack.

    I will begin praying now the bottom of the landing sites in Antarctica will be a bit firmer than the Alaskan site you were at, SCG. My powers of recovery have dimmed a bit since middle school.

  10. Hmm… that is a good point. They are fairly bulky. It would be similar to folding up a sleeveless neoprene wetsuit (or at least the pants part of it) and a short pair of rubber boots together. And I know in my case, to get a pair that fit me, the boots were pretty big. And they are heavy too… maybe 10 lbs.

    The hip waders would take up less room so that might be an option. But maybe trying your luck with waterproof pants, with the legs secured around waterproof boots, really will be the way to go given the space restrictions. Or (and perhaps this is stupid) could you wear the pants/boots and then secure a large, tall plastic bag so that it is tied up around your knee or something? Bags would be easy to pack. You would get no traction that way though, which might be dangerous.

    Wow, it never occurred to me you would have to fit everything for this trip in a standard suitcase. It seems almost unfair. For a tropical cruise you would need, what, a bathing suit? :) And for yours you need coats, gloves, boots, etc. etc. All in basically the same luggage.

    I think being 13 definitely helped me a lot in that circumstance. Now I look back and think “Hmm… it was kind of like quicksand… what if I had put both feet in, and nobody could pull me out?” And it seems pretty scary. But at the time I just used the agility that I don’t seem to have anymore and pulled my leg right back up. I don’t know if that particular kind of terrain exists in Antarctica though?

    It sounds like an amazing trip!!

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