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gethigh


Dec 11, 2010, 8:44 PM
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all,

i have been rock climbing for a few years now, and I am greatly devoted to it. This winter I would like to start ice climbing, but i cannot find pants to fit me. also, for future climbs in cold countries/states, i need to start prepping for the appropriate attire. generally, i don't have a problem with jackets; the problems are base layers and bottoms. Childrens' lines are not good for me because though i have a small frame, it isn't a child's frame (my arms are longer, my torso is longer, my chest is bigger). Pants, I wear a 00-1 depending on the maker. generally, most winter gear for women run sizes 2 and up. I am 5'0 and 98lbsa (athletic build).

marmot has a women's tioga pant that appears to run fine for me, but i'll have to order it online before i can even try it on. can anyone tell me how this article runs?

any beta on clothing will be very much appreciated.

thanks.


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kiwiprincess


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I am 5 4 and Marmot ws is usually fine on me they do XS too. Usually you can get a size chart on websites with the measurements.


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I'm < 5' and about 95 lb and find acteryx gear in XS to be a pretty good fit as they cut everything very small. Though you will pay $$ for it....
You mention kids gear doesn't work, as you are longer/taller than a kid, however bear in mind that for ice climbing you'll be wearing boots and gaiters so even if the pants are a little short once you add gaiters you should have a good seal. I ski in spyder kids pants, they are a little short but over ski boots doesn't really matter and they were a fraction of the cost of the adult equivalent.


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so.... generally any xs aceteryx pants might work? (do you have any you would recommend, regarding pants? layers, fleece, shell)

thank you.


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nessie


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i'm pretty small too...have a pair of arcteryx trousers and a pair of mammut's plus a pair of mountain equipment rainfall trousers, all xs...


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I would aim to try anything on, but I do think they make everything quite small. I don't have a hardshell pant from them, but a pair of casual climbing pants and they are prettty small even on me (and really I have no hips or butt at all and am under five foot). I have a hard shell top (Beta AR, I like a lot) and a soft shell top (gamma severe, don't like so much) from them in XS and again both fit very snug (and I also have no boobs).
Good luck with ice climbing, your other challenge might be finding good womens boots to fit if your feet are also small. There are only a few specialist womens boots and some only start in US 6. Its important to have good fit.


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Also an option a friend of mine does often is get the pants she really wants, then take them to a reputable seamstress and get them altered.

Of course this usually does add additional cost, but it's a good thing to keep in mind if there is a specific brand/ quality you want but just can't find small enough.

Now this is a stretch, but the patagonia store here will refund you for alterations if you need them. You can always ask... worst they will say is no.


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thanks!


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gethigh wrote:
all,

i have been rock climbing for a few years now, and I am greatly devoted to it. This winter I would like to start ice climbing, but i cannot find pants to fit me. also, for future climbs in cold countries/states, i need to start prepping for the appropriate attire. generally, i don't have a problem with jackets; the problems are base layers and bottoms. Childrens' lines are not good for me because though i have a small frame, it isn't a child's frame (my arms are longer, my torso is longer, my chest is bigger). Pants, I wear a 00-1 depending on the maker. generally, most winter gear for women run sizes 2 and up. I am 5'0 and 98lbsa (athletic build).

marmot has a women's tioga pant that appears to run fine for me, but i'll have to order it online before i can even try it on. can anyone tell me how this article runs?

any beta on clothing will be very much appreciated.

thanks.

WHAT ABOUT CLIMBING BOOTS? ....finding boots are just as hard as finding pants.
My mountain biking shoes are a 36... and i flip flop b/t 5-6 with tennis shoes.


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