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Big & Tall hiking clothing

Postby mikeyjb » Sun 07 Jun, 2020 6:35 pm

Howdy all,

I'm trying to find (in Australia -- thanks pandemic for making international mail so slow!) hiking clothing for big & tall men. I've tried a few sites I could find and they don't have my size (46 pants, probably xxl shirt). I fear I'm going to have to order from the US but was hopeful someone would know a good place in Australia!

Here's hoping!

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Re: Big & Tall hiking clothing

Postby Joynz » Sun 07 Jun, 2020 9:13 pm

Where are you based?
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Re: Big & Tall hiking clothing

Postby mikeyjb » Sun 07 Jun, 2020 9:16 pm

Newcastle, NSW. Happy to buy online but prefer if it's in Australia.
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Re: Big & Tall hiking clothing

Postby Lamont » Sun 07 Jun, 2020 9:41 pm

'Low drag onshore' shirts at BCF are huge. Nylon and excellent. Good in all weather.
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Re: Big & Tall hiking clothing

Postby mikeyjb » Sun 07 Jun, 2020 10:04 pm

Lamont wrote:'Low drag onshore' shirts at BCF are huge. Nylon and excellent. Good in all weather.


Thanks! I was just in there the other day picking up a new hat, didn't think to have a look at the shirts! Well now I have another excuse to go back! Cheers!
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Re: Big & Tall hiking clothing

Postby Moondog55 » Sun 07 Jun, 2020 10:54 pm

DIY
Cecile just finished sewing these for me
Taslan 44+ waist
182 grams before the Nikwax which I will do tomorrow
The winter ones will be red, and maybe yellow as well
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Re: Big & Tall hiking clothing

Postby Moondog55 » Sun 07 Jun, 2020 10:56 pm

Also try Mountain Warehouse; they do mens clothes to 5XL although not much choice in the larger sizes
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Re: Big & Tall hiking clothing

Postby mikeyjb » Sun 07 Jun, 2020 11:07 pm

Moondog55 wrote:DIY
Cecile just finished sewing these for me
Taslan 44+ waist
182 grams before the Nikwax which I will do tomorrow
The winter ones will be red, and maybe yellow as well


They look the business! You won't be missed in those!
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Re: Big & Tall hiking clothing

Postby Cecile » Sun 07 Jun, 2020 11:23 pm

mikeyjb wrote:
Moondog55 wrote:DIY
Cecile just finished sewing these for me
Taslan 44+ waist
182 grams before the Nikwax which I will do tomorrow
The winter ones will be red, and maybe yellow as well


They look the business! You won't be missed in those!


They go really well with the purple, black and ecru camouflage leggings I made for him to ski in a few years ago :-)

Basic simple stuff is quick and easy. When you start adding zips, velcro, pocket flaps, bagged and double knees it gets a lot more complex.
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Re: Big & Tall hiking clothing

Postby mikeyjb » Sun 07 Jun, 2020 11:47 pm

Moondog55 wrote:Also try Mountain Warehouse; they do mens clothes to 5XL although not much choice in the larger sizes


Excellent! They had just what I was after :) Thank you!!
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Re: Big & Tall hiking clothing

Postby crollsurf » Mon 08 Jun, 2020 3:34 pm

I'm a bigger lad (6'2", 54" chest, 42" waist) and struggle to find bushwalking gear. Maybe not struggle but limited for choice.
Fishing shirts come in big sizes for sure but I find them a clammy unless you're wearing a baselayer.
Australian made Wilderness Wear [url]wildernesswear.com.au[/url] make larger baselayer clothing, a US XXL is around a 5XL, so check the sizing before buying.
Many of the US brands make larger sizes but very had to find here. Columbia import larger sizes and I like their Silver Ridge range.
Mountain Designs used to but not any more. I've had luck with North Face, Kuhl and Kathmandu as well. And Ard'teryx which surprised me but maybe not as much as the price :)
There is other stuff but you have to visit the shops and see what they have, Paddy's and Adventure Mega Store always has at least a few articles that are larger, most other stores like Mountain Equipement, never.

If you want to wait and buy OS.
Enlightened Equipment has some really nice gear that will fit.
Zpacks Vertice rain jacket may or may not fit but nice expensive and UL.
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Re: Big & Tall hiking clothing

Postby Lamont » Mon 08 Jun, 2020 4:20 pm

I love the purple Taslan pants. Wow Cecile!
MD or Cecile-do you reckon about 2-5 CFM on the taslanated nylon?
Hey Crolly I can guarantee you a slab of sherbets the shirt I linked is not clammy! It is not the same as most other fishing shirts. I own three now. Soft as a babies khyber.
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Re: Big & Tall hiking clothing

Postby Moondog55 » Mon 08 Jun, 2020 4:28 pm

I'd have to say 2 to 3 filter papers so in the range 5 to 8CFM. I haven't yet Nikwaxed them but that doesn't usually change the wind resistance much. They feel more resistant than the USMC snow camouflage I normally use
I withdraw that statement as I just checked the surplus, while they might "feel" different the effort needed to pull air through them is the same. The surplus are heavier due to all the pockets and zippers
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Re: Big & Tall hiking clothing

Postby Lamont » Mon 08 Jun, 2020 4:56 pm

Moondog55 wrote:I'd have to say 2 to 3 filter papers so in the range 5 to 8CFM. I haven't yet Nikwaxed them but that doesn't usually change the wind resistance much. They feel more resistant than the USMC snow camouflage I normally use

Ta. Good to know. Is it the 40 gm/m stuff?
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Re: Big & Tall hiking clothing

Postby Moondog55 » Mon 08 Jun, 2020 5:12 pm

Closer to 50GSM
Cecile bought it as scraps, only a little left in her stash now
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Re: Big & Tall hiking clothing

Postby Lamont » Mon 08 Jun, 2020 5:28 pm

Moondog55 wrote:Closer to 50GSM
Cecile bought it as scraps, only a little left in her stash now

Ta :D
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Re: Big & Tall hiking clothing

Postby Eremophila » Mon 08 Jun, 2020 6:59 pm

My partner who is 6'6" and size XXXL, has a couple of pairs of Explorer 360 zip-off pants which I bought from BCF a couple of years back for around $60 each. The brand doesn't seem to appear on their website any more, but could be worth a visit to your local store. They have an elastic waist with button & fly, and all the usual zip pockets etc.

Macpac make a few items in XXXL but the sizing varies a little. I think they have plenty of stuff in XXL.

You'll find odd bits and pieces in Aussie Disposals in larger sizes.

I've been told that Columbia sizes tend to be a bit larger, so their gear may suit.

Many cheaper brands make their larger sizes wider, but don't add corresponding length.
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Re: Big & Tall hiking clothing

Postby Moondog55 » Mon 08 Jun, 2020 11:37 pm

Nikwax added 20 grams and part of that might still be water as they are still a tiny bit damp, hasn't altered the look or feel either
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Re: Big & Tall hiking clothing

Postby mikeyjb » Tue 09 Jun, 2020 2:46 pm

Thanks all, you've given me plenty of ideas :) Time to lose some more weight I think :)
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Re: Big & Tall hiking clothing

Postby crollsurf » Fri 12 Jun, 2020 12:53 pm

Hi Lamont, checked out that BCF fishing shirt and it's a lot different to the run of the mill fishing shirt, it's even got a bit of tailoring to it! If I see it on special, I might get one. Cheers.
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Re: Big & Tall hiking clothing

Postby Moondog55 » Fri 12 Jun, 2020 12:57 pm

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Re: Big & Tall hiking clothing

Postby Lamont » Fri 12 Jun, 2020 3:57 pm

crollsurf wrote:Hi Lamont, checked out that BCF fishing shirt and it's a lot different to the run of the mill fishing shirt, it's even got a bit of tailoring to it! If I see it on special, I might get one. Cheers.

I just missed one for 30 bucks on special at BCF -was the army green and I dithered-went back and it was gone! I cut the front and back 'tails' off and hemmed two of my shirts for summer use. Still enough to tuck them in left over. I left a nice 'Western Bulldogs or Footscray blue' coloured one with the tails on for colder weather -for the deep tuck. Also had to shift the neck button a bit to make it looser and cut off the silly sleeve holder things. Looks basically like a normal shirt now.
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