Comments to Manufacturers
- Jerry and all:
My requests of the Manufacturers, some named specifically.
1- TNF lady's sizes are sized WAY too small. They start at a 4 and only go
to a small 16. There are a LOT of "um" "plus" sized women who hike and
backpack, not just the Tall ones from Ipanema (I've told my age). We want
REAL backpacking and hiking clothes for REAL women! I watch the hikers here
in North Georgia, and for every size 12, there's half a dozen size 18's and
up. The clothing manufacturing companies are missing sales -- if you've
ever tried to buy some Ladies REI Sahara Zip off Pants or Shorts in an XXL
you'd know what I mean. I couldn't believe that they had them this year
online. (those who know me, now know why I like REI)
2- Women also would purchase skirts, shorts, etc, for work or home wear, if
they were sized for Women and not just anorexic fashion models. I found a
neat skirt for traveling overseas, but it didn't even come NEAR my size, I
think it stopped at a size 14! Too many clothing manufacturers stop at a
size 14 or 16 -- we'll pay a bit more to get our size 18s and 20's. TNF,
Royal Robbins, Grammici, Sportif, Columbia, Ex Officio to name a few.
3- The SENIOR set, male and female, needs to be considered, as we are those
who have the money to spend on gear. We want LIGHT gear, because, after
all, we've been dreaming since the 50's and 60's of long distance hiking,
and we are not up to carrying the loads of "young men between the ages of 19
and 32" or your "average" Backpacker Magazine reading public. More
emphasis and more advertisement using gray-haired little ol' ladies and
balding little ol' men should be considered. And not driving SUVs in
pristine wilderness, either. And altho' some of us are "in shape," some of
don't fit that category, and our sizes need to be considered.
4- More emphasis on LNT practices. More emphasis on recycling.
Manufacturers can stress this in their advertisements. Responsible camping
and backpacking and hiking means you don't leave "teepee rosettes" in the
wilderness. (I can tell you where to go get a picture that will make you
ill, if you need hard copy to show them.) Or candy wrappers, or plastic
drink bottles, and especially no cigarette butts! And re-thinking the SUV
advertisements to show more responsiblity for the environment. (No pristine
places were destroyed in the making of this commercial.)
That's it for now, maybe I'll think of other things.