My Shopping Unicorn: Plus Size Snow Pants

Early this winter, I had a rather demotivating shopping trip for outdoor apparel here in Edmonton.

At both SportChek and MEC, I tried on several pairs of snow pants in my regular pant size (14 or XL), all of which came up halfway between my knee and hip.

This seems to be a problem with the big technical apparel brands as well as MEC’s in-house brand.

For winter activities, I have tried: cross country skiing, downhill skiing, and snow shoeing. However, even though plus size women make up at least 24% of women in Canada, and fitness is closely tied to better health outcomes, sometimes I can’t find apparel to fit me to do these activities.

I have been wearing an ill-fitting pair of Men’s snow pants that ride up to my armpits. Needless to say, my skiing hasn’t improved much.

Luckily, I ended up at another SportChek, which carried the Firefly snow pants in XXL. They were on sale for $54.88!

Then, and this is my chubby person hangup, I decided I should probably get a second pair, which I also got on mega sale for $60:

In the course of my online research, I found that Columbia has plus size snow pants online up to 3X, the only type I could find in this size range that are made by a technical apparel company, rather than a plus size women’s clothing brand. These were my backup!

Please let me know in the comments if you’ve struggled with the same challenges and have any tips!




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