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#201941 - 10/17/18 01:06 AM Gear for Women
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This is a nice article by Kate Worteck for Elle. It's well written, funny, and spot on. Here's how it starts:


Last fall, a friend and I were packing up for a weekend of backpacking in the Desolation Wilderness. She's a badass professional guide and I work in the outdoor industry, so naturally we started comparing gear—which led to a list of all of the gear we'd passed on buying because it was only available in "girl colors." At times, we've both resorted to shopping in the boys' section of REI (size-wise, it turns out that I'm either a slim woman or a very strapping 12-year-old boy).


And here's a link to the rest of the story:

https://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/news/a35528/problem-with-womens-outdoor-gear/
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#201942 - 10/17/18 09:09 AM Re: Gear for Women [Re: balzaccom]
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I think that the major problem is that a large proportion of women’s “ outdoor” clothing is sold for “campus casual” rather than for hiking or other outdoor uses. For this market, fashion plays a much larger role than does actual utility.

There are two outdoor stores I visit in my part of the world. REI and Summit Hut, both in Tucson. In both stores the woman’s section is the largest section in the store and the selections are huge and apparently so is the market. I’m sure that if there were a significant demand for more utilitarian women’s outdoor gear, and an entrepreneur or so were aware of it, it would be there.
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#201943 - 10/17/18 10:31 AM Re: Gear for Women [Re: Pika]
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And yet---as the article says, the retailers may not recognize the need because these women are buying straight from the men's rack. So it just shows up as more demand for men's clothing...
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#201944 - 10/17/18 12:29 PM Re: Gear for Women [Re: balzaccom]
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I think that it is a symptom of the outdoor industry as a whole. It has become more of a fashion statement than a utility market. All of the outdoor clothing now has a large logo displayed so that everyone knows that you are cool. Men's clothing has somewhat the same problem but I think female's have a bigger problem because females are viewed as more fashion conscious. I do not think that is true for the true outdoor female but by not offering true female outdoor clothing it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.

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#201945 - 10/17/18 12:32 PM Re: Gear for Women [Re: GrumpyGord]
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I find it interesting that all of the posts in this thread, so far, are from men (I assume, based on other posts.) smile

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#201946 - 10/17/18 12:46 PM Re: Gear for Women [Re: Glenn Roberts]
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I do not know but I wonder what is the percentages of male/female members on this forum. I am only aware of a few female members but using screen names makes it hard to tell.

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#201948 - 10/17/18 01:33 PM Re: Gear for Women [Re: GrumpyGord]
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Well, to be fair, I posted originally with my wife...
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#201954 - 10/18/18 11:54 AM Re: Gear for Women [Re: Glenn Roberts]
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Originally Posted By Glenn Roberts
I find it interesting that all of the posts in this thread, so far, are from men (I assume, based on other posts.) smile
I sometimes don't post on forums, or limit my comments, because I don't want to be guilty of "mansplaining".
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#202006 - 10/23/18 08:09 PM Re: Gear for Women [Re: 4evrplan]
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Go over on High Sierra Topix and see what that forum has to say about this. It has really gotten some traction!

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#202016 - 10/24/18 02:54 PM Re: Gear for Women [Re: wandering_daisy]
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Thanks for the tip WD. That thread was at times cringe-worthy but very entertaining. And, your pictures were glorious! I registered so I could see them; I'm glad I did.
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