Apr 6, 2012 at 10:54 am #1288386
Any other guys on here with a 28" waist? What pants or shorts fit you well?Apr 6, 2012 at 11:00 am #1864392Ed HayesMember
I'm a 32" and 'size inflation' over the last decade in US clothing has made buying clothes tough enough for me. At 28", shopping must be near impossible for you. Good Luck, or go to Europe or Asia to shop, where people are still more normal sized.Apr 6, 2012 at 11:03 am #1864393Adam WallaceMember
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So it would seem. I've actually become quite the fan of euro brands over the past year. Even Rab stops at a 30 but it looks like Montane may work.
Nice to see someone acknowledge the waist inflation problem with legwear. :-)Apr 6, 2012 at 11:22 am #1864400Ron WMember
@miles2goLocale: White River National Forest
Somehow I'm still a 32 but I'd go with the ones that come close to fitting and then wash and dry them a few times. At least that's how I've lost several pair to the donation pile. I have some "Patagucci" pants that are almost there so you may want to check that brand. For most of my hiking I wear Prana brand pants. The ones I have don't shrink and are impressively durable…really.Apr 6, 2012 at 11:43 am #1864409P. LarsonMember
Patagonia has size 28.Apr 6, 2012 at 11:49 am #1864413Joe ClementBPL Member
Should have asked me in 1976.Apr 6, 2012 at 11:52 am #1864415EndoftheTrailBPL Member
I was a very happy man when I finally 'graduated' from 28 to 30 — and then 32!!
But answering your question… REI pants come in Small (28") size. There is also MontBell — including their Japanese site. I am sure BPLers in Japan will help ship stuff to you if MontBell won't.Apr 6, 2012 at 11:56 am #1864417
Haha. I've gone from 40 to 28.Apr 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm #1864418rubmybelly!BPL Member
@sleepingLocale: The Cascades
Have you considered trying on a pair of women's pants? Not trying to be funny. You can find the smaller waist sizes, I think they might be a bit bigger in the hips?Apr 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm #1864419EndoftheTrailBPL Member
"Haha. I've gone from 40 to 28."
Wow. Curious, how tall are you? I'm 5'9", 150 lbs, with 32" waist. The most average of average. :)Apr 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm #1864421Chris WrightBPL Member
Check out Outlier (www.outlier.cc). Their clothes are geared towards the urban cycling crowd, but some items are also suitable for hiking. Check out the "climbers". If you like a slim fit, you'll love em. 4 way stretch nylon, DWR on the fabric, cut longer than most pants.
Expect to pay $198 for a pair, shipped to your door.
Got mine last month and wear them (almost) every day. Best purchase I've made in years. If the company shows the slightest sign of closing shop, I'll buy a bunch of these and stockpile them…
-ChrisApr 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm #1864424Jack GMember
Try Redington. S&C had some of their zip-off pants recently. Size small is 28-30.Apr 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm #1864425Stephan DoyleMember
I've had good luck with Arc'Teryx.Apr 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm #1864426Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
Then you can do any sizeApr 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm #1864428Brian ULMember
@maynard76Locale: New England
When your in shape and want clothes that fit you have little choice but to shop at high end clothing stores/brands for clothes that are "fitted". The problem is worse if you have broad shoulders and chest with narrow waist. Most every one makes the chest and waist the same width or even the waist larger. You will save a ton of money buying from the clearance rack at high end stores and online.Apr 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm #1864429John JensenMember
@johnjLocale: Orange County, CA
lol, I "graduated" from 28 to 29.
My $19.99 "sm/30" bass-pro shop zip-convertable fishing pants (12 oz) are my favorite "long pants." My Ex-Officio "28-30" shorts work well too. Old Navy for bang-around cotton shorts.Apr 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm #1864435Konrad .BPL Member
Just checking my email now, I see that I told Ben Smith a year ago that I had a 31" waist, when sizing my down pants. Funny, all my jeans and pants which are sized 30" require a belt. That's some hefty inflation for ya ;)
Anyhow, Chris, what kind of pants are you looking for? Outdoor pants? zip off pants? dress/work pants?
Most of my outdoor stuff has some elasticity to the waist, so I usually just opt for a size small, or 30, and they fit is great. This is especially true with my running shorts.
I'm a string bean like you, at only 5'9" 132-138lbs,
I've tried the following pants, with great results:
Wind pants: Montbell Dyanamo
Running shorts: Just about any brand in small
Durable traditional shorts: Prana
Zip off pants: MHW Mesa (Surprisingly, seeing as Columbia is their parent company, and their stuff is ridiculously baggy)
Soft shells: Marmot Scree (very athletically cut, to my surprise)
Work pants: J. Crew urban slim fit :)
In general, I can also fit into a Youth Large for pants
And as others have mentioned, British/Euro Brands like Montane, Rab, CampUSA are great bets.Apr 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm #1864437Samuel KauSpectator
@skauLocale: Southern California
I use running shorts for when it is hot and also have a small rei pants. Both have an elastic stretch to them and fit fine. The bigger issue with me having such a small waist is getting a hipbelt from a backpack fit well…Apr 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm #1864438
Outdoor/technical primarily. I've been able to find jeans that fit ok. I have on some older Mountain Hardwear Refueler shorts right now that are a small and fit ok, but most more traditional styled hiking shorts and pants are a couple of inches too big in a small. Montane says their extra small is for a 28, so I'm checking in to those.Apr 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm #1864448Jake DBPL Member
i have a pair of light zip off pants from REI that say medium (probably a small now) but have a elastic waist and belt that work for me. i haven't backpacked much until recently so they've held up since '96 or so haha.
my rain pants are patagonia size small that fit perfect.Apr 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm #1864453John WhynotMember
@jdw01776Locale: Southeast Texas
I have a 30" waist, and have found Mountain Hardwear hiking pants and shorts to fit well — true to size. I just bought a pair of Marmot rain pants, also a good fit.
My big problem are shirts — I need a medium for my shoulders, but too often end up with excess fabric at the bottom…Apr 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm #1864485Justin BakerBPL Member
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
I have a 31 inch waist, 30 is a little too small and 32 is a little too big. And to top it off, sometimes 30 is more like 32 and 32 is more like 30, depending on the brand. I don't wear hiking pants anymore, I just wear running shorts most of the time and put some long underwear on underneath them. Not the most fashionable thing, but it works for chilly mornings and hot days.Apr 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm #1864492Ultra MagnusMember
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