May 4, 2013 at 10:49 am #1302520
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?May 4, 2013 at 11:27 am #1983127
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@speltLocale: SW/C PA
Chucks would be cool in a material other than cotton canvas and a little more aggressive sole. Pretty minimalist too.May 4, 2013 at 11:34 am #1983129
How about some cuben fiber Doc Martens? Always good for waffle making and kicking through the shins.May 4, 2013 at 12:07 pm #1983146
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.May 4, 2013 at 12:24 pm #1983154
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?May 4, 2013 at 3:07 pm #1983190
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)
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 shoe…like the FiveTen Sam Hill).May 4, 2013 at 3:43 pm #1983201
look for parkour or climbing approach shoes …
softshell jeans ..May 4, 2013 at 11:01 pm #1983294
Outlier pants for $250?
Thunderbolts for $188 a pair?
And I've always thought Levi 501s were pricey at $45/pair.May 4, 2013 at 11:24 pm #1983300
This is the same guy who criticizes Dead Bird and PataGucci pricing?
Just kidding.May 5, 2013 at 1:06 am #1983309
Yes, hiking clothes that are fashionable and functional are expensive.
I wish I had the skills to sew my own clothing.May 5, 2013 at 4:40 pm #1983530
@ljamesbLocale: London UK, Greenville USA
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.May 6, 2013 at 2:12 am #1983648
Polyester flannel shirt.
http://www.underarmour.com/shop/us/en/pcid1230776-001?cid=PLA|Google&gclid=CL7lxq6RgbcCFfFcMgodPXEAyQMay 6, 2013 at 4:45 am #1983656
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.May 6, 2013 at 5:12 am #1983662
I'd be content with more choices in longer inseams.May 6, 2013 at 5:36 am #1983668
Fitz. Meet Pete.May 6, 2013 at 5:49 am #1983673
@jenmitolLocale: In my dreams....
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…May 6, 2013 at 6:41 am #1983680
@ljamesbLocale: London UK, Greenville USA
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?May 6, 2013 at 7:23 am #1983689
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.May 6, 2013 at 1:21 pm #1983792
As someone who dresses like an idiot off the trail, I've got no complaints.
Currently rocking these:
May 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm #1983799
@gregpehrsonLocale: playa del caballo blanco
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.May 6, 2013 at 3:21 pm #1983845
Are there any "normal" looking Inov8 trail runners?
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