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A plea to clothing and shoe makers...
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Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
A plea to clothing and shoe makers... on 05/04/2013 11:49:04 MDT Print View

Why can't someone get with it and make a pair of fast drying Old School Vans with a Vibram sole?


How a about a fast drying Levi 501 buttonfly?

The REI Sahara short sleeve T is the closest I've found to a normal cotton black t shirt in look and feel.

Why must we always look like spacemen, NASCAR drivers, or mercenaries?

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Re: A plea to clothing and shoe makers... on 05/04/2013 12:27:26 MDT Print View

Chucks would be cool in a material other than cotton canvas and a little more aggressive sole. Pretty minimalist too.

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: A plea to clothing and shoe makers... on 05/04/2013 12:34:13 MDT Print View

How about some cuben fiber Doc Martens? Always good for waffle making and kicking through the shins.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: A plea to clothing and shoe makers... on 05/04/2013 13:07:22 MDT Print View

Outlier makes nylon pants that look like normal pants. Expensive though.

I remember seeing some patagonia shoes that looked a lot like vans. I don't remember what they were made of or what the sole was like.

Fitz Travels
Taper on 05/04/2013 13:24:46 MDT Print View

Ive always tried to figure out where all these people are that have calves as big as their thighs. Ever heard of tapering the pants legs?

Edited by fitztravels on 05/04/2013 13:37:01 MDT.

Dustin Short
(upalachango) - MLife
Re: A plea to clothing and shoe makers... on 05/04/2013 16:07:20 MDT Print View

Craig, you aren't looking too hard.

EDIT: The following aren't too fast drying except maybe the cruzers because they're so light...quick dry mesh would sort of destroy the "old school vans" look though.

Scarpa Highball, Mai Tai, Mojito (actually most of their approach/lifestyle shoes)

Sportiva Boulder X (sort of)

Evolv Cruzers

FiveTen guid tennies, spitfire, dirtbags, freerider, etc.

Have a somewhat classic vans look but with sticky dot rubber soles that work for any solid hiking. If you want a more aggressive tread pattern though, well yeah that still is missing (but most of the vans look comes from the flat outsole so anything with traditional vibram lug patterns would look like a more regular tennis the FiveTen Sam Hill).

Edited by upalachango on 05/04/2013 16:09:35 MDT.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
approach on 05/04/2013 16:43:21 MDT Print View

look for parkour or climbing approach shoes ...

softshell jeans ..

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: approach on 05/05/2013 00:01:18 MDT Print View

Outlier pants for $250?
Thunderbolts for $188 a pair?

And I've always thought Levi 501s were pricey at $45/pair.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: approach on 05/05/2013 00:24:04 MDT Print View

This is the same guy who criticizes Dead Bird and PataGucci pricing?

Just kidding.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Re: approach on 05/05/2013 02:06:42 MDT Print View

Yes, hiking clothes that are fashionable and functional are expensive.
I wish I had the skills to sew my own clothing.

Loren B

Locale: London UK, Greenville USA
it's out there on 05/05/2013 17:40:03 MDT Print View

Fashionable hiking clothing isn't always expensive and is out there.

-Pendleton wool shirts are great and can look pretty cool. You can get them in thrift stores, ebay, or online for $5-40 depending on how hard you look. These can last a LONG time - I just bought one last week from the 60s for $15 which was new and still had the tag on it. Just check for moth damage and odours is all.
-Some trail runners also look pretty good IMHO like those made by merrell and new balance. You can sometimes get these for $30. I seem to remember seeing some converse trail shoes once too.
-You can wear wool or polyester dress pants (again from goodwill).
-Outdoor research, Stoic (backcountry), prana, marmot make some normal fitting pants without the bafflingly large calves.
-Buy the cheapest hiking pants you can find made from technical material then get them tailored to fit you properly. Just find someone who will do cheap alterations. It cost me $15 to have the legs tapered on a pair of hiking pants to fit me better.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: A plea to clothing and shoe makers... on 05/06/2013 03:12:35 MDT Print View

Polyester flannel shirt.|Google&gclid=CL7lxq6RgbcCFfFcMgodPXEAyQ

Pete Staehling
(staehpj1) - F
Odd man out on 05/06/2013 05:45:39 MDT Print View

I just have to say that having read this thread I can not relate to even one of the requests that folks here have for clothing and shoe makers.

I especially hope that the pants makers are not listening to their request for more tapered pants. I usually have trouble if I want to pull up my pants legs over my freakishly large (20") calves as it is now.

BJ Clark
(bj.clark) - MLife

Locale: Colorado
Pant inseams on 05/06/2013 06:12:13 MDT Print View

I'd be content with more choices in longer inseams.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Odd man out on 05/06/2013 06:36:55 MDT Print View

Fitz. Meet Pete.

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Women's wear on 05/06/2013 06:49:26 MDT Print View

How about real outdoor wear for women that isn't freakishly pastel? I don't want to wear that in the woods...and I still don't want to wear that in town. I end up buying more men's clothes simply because I can't stand the garish women's colors...

Loren B

Locale: London UK, Greenville USA
Re: Odd man out on 05/06/2013 07:41:07 MDT Print View

My motivation for finding fashionable hiking clothing is that I try to extend UL principles to the rest of my life. I travel a lot for work, so the less I own, the better. It just seems insane to me to own two/three sets of clothing to be used exclusively for a particular set of circumstances. One to wear with friends, one for work and one to wear while hiking. Some brands make some really great stuff which can be used for all 3 situations.

It's not only that I want my hiking clothing to look more normal, it's that 90% of regular clothing you buy is made using totally outdated materials. Cotton is just awful - it may be biodegradable, but unlike polyester is not recyclable and is one of the dirtiest crops out there. Or am I wrong here, am I missing something about cotton?

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Re: Odd man out on 05/06/2013 08:23:45 MDT Print View

+1 Loren.

It's not so much about being fashionable on the trail (believe me, few people that know me would use the word "fashionable" and my name in the same sentence)...

It's more about not having to have "outdoor" clothes vs. regular clothes.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Salomons on 05/06/2013 14:21:46 MDT Print View

As someone who dresses like an idiot off the trail, I've got no complaints.

Currently rocking these:

Greg Pehrson
(GregPehrson) - MLife

Locale: playa del caballo blanco
c9 golf pants on 05/06/2013 14:45:36 MDT Print View

Not jeans, but, the C9 golf pants at Target are very multi-use. I wear my black pair hiking, but also to weddings, travel, any time--they just look like a basic flat-front black pant. They've got a little stretch, are quick to dry, resist pet fur, they don't have any extraneous pockets outside of the standard 2 front/ 2 back, and I got them for $8 (on "clearance" frequently though they never seem to clear out of them). Their full price is $30.