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Bill Cox
10-15-2011, 05:52 AM
Being a big man myself I know the difficulties of finding gear suited for large men, whether it be packs, sleeping bags, clothing, footwear ect. It would be a great place to post tips, products, insight, reviews, anything to help out the big bushcrafters. I think a sub-forum dedicated to gear for big men would be a great resource for our community.

Thanks Bill

LedZep13k7
10-15-2011, 08:05 AM
I agree with Bill. I'm 6'5" and wear a size 16 shoe...Slim pickings anything clothing related for me. I have yet to find a pair of gloves to fit my hands. It'd be nice to have a place to ask where to find things for us taller or bigger people. :)

SwampHanger
10-15-2011, 08:08 AM
I agree. 6'1" at 235lbs and I need a sleeping bag that fits!

OldCootHillbilly
10-15-2011, 09:22 AM
Might save a feller lots a diggin if we could look here! Great idear!

BigHat
10-15-2011, 10:32 AM
maybe a thread with different links. kinda like the "campgear for under $100"
an entire subforum may be a bit much.
seems like if it had enough traffic it could become a sticky... I'm sure if you started a thread and kept bumping it, there would be tons of links and ideas...

Ohio Bushcrafter
10-15-2011, 10:49 AM
I would like that to considering although I would be the little guy in that subforum being 6' ,235-240lbs, with a sz 12 boot it seems like everytime I look at a parka or boot or pant its for something my wife could wear (who herself is 5'8-9" 140lbs with a sz 10 boot) not me my kids got all the gear they need and every trade came from a "grown man" all 100-125lbs of 'em ....lol

Sgt. Mac
10-15-2011, 10:55 AM
I seriously doubt that there will be a Sub Forum made for this purpose, but what you fellas can do is just use this thread right here to put all your info into it

styx
10-15-2011, 10:56 AM
Well I can only agree guys. I'm a little big man with 6'1 and 220lbs, size 13 shoes. Packs mostly don't sit right, gloves are uncomfy unless I can find them in XXL and so on. Even knives create a problem because what most consider medium size and comfy handles, I see as a small pairing knife that you can barely hold on to

Toddler
10-15-2011, 11:19 AM
BEing a large guy, I have had some problems with gear sizing. I like the idea of keeping this thread floating with the occasional bump. My first tip, Hammocks! Weight capacity is always an issue with cots etc. A good cot will cost well over a hundred dollars, then you have to schlep the thing around as well. I found the Grand Trunk Single wide riptop Hammock to have a weight capacity of 400Lbs, its around $45.00 on the open market and weighs a pound including the suspension system. The basic suspension system worked fine for me. I have used it for the last three weekenders and have slept very well. A good bed roll and your good to go!:4: A plus is their made in the USA:42:

Taliesin
10-15-2011, 11:29 AM
Gentlemen, I'm with you all! You have no idea how many times I wish I was "normal sized", instead of being 6'3" and 300 lbs. No one makes gear and clothing for big guys. It's all made for the wee folk. :)

INFANTRY
10-15-2011, 11:50 AM
I'm 6'3 and 260, I'm 260 because I'm fat. If we need a page for bigger clothes for guys like me, then we need a forum on running shoes and how they work IMO. I'm just looking at the root cause people, not trying to insult anyone.

plumberoy
10-15-2011, 11:59 AM
At 5'11" 300lbs I'm in try finding a kayak rated for a big guy plus gear

GurNewbie
10-15-2011, 12:14 PM
I can appreciate this thread, 6'1" 260lbs and not a lot of excess fat. Cant find normal watch bands that fit, size 14 boots have to be ordered in so hard to try them out first ( have to duct tape my motorcross boots closed, lol, XXXL gloves barely fit. I fell yalls frustration.

SkogKniv
10-15-2011, 01:18 PM
No need for a subforum.

Gryphonblade
10-15-2011, 01:46 PM
Gentlemen, I'm with you all! You have no idea how many times I wish I was "normal sized", instead of being 6'3" and 300 lbs. No one makes gear and clothing for big guys. It's all made for the wee folk. :)

Same size here bro.

Gloves, watch bands, shirts and coats...forget it. I haven't tucked a shirt in for decades...even tall shirts are a bit short...I'm a hair under 6'3" with a 30 inch inseam!!! My wife is 5"4" with the same inseam....I feel like a mutant shopping for clothes. I can get pants off the rack, but that's about it.

I'm trying to get back to 260. I was happiest and scary looking at that weight.

johncarbaugh
10-15-2011, 02:02 PM
At 5'11" 300lbs I'm in try finding a kayak rated for a big guy plus gear

500 lb. Capacity
I have been looking at this fishing kayak for a while.
Just need some extra cash.
http://www.lifetime.com/sporting-goods/water-sports/sport-fisher-kayaks (http://www.lifetime.com/sporting-goods/water-sports/sport-fisher-kayaks)

Lead Dog
10-15-2011, 02:09 PM
I agree. 6'1" at 235lbs and I need a sleeping bag that fits!

Take a look at Wiggy's. They are a bit pricy but are comfortable. Plus you'll have a bag for any temperature. My only complaint is getting the bags in their stuff sacks. I've never taken it backpacking so I can't comment on weight, but I've had it out in some pretty cold weather and it held up really well.

When I was shopping for a bag, I also took a look at the Cabela's Alaskan sleeping bags. I was fortunate that I visited a Cabela's that had both bags in stock and I was able to hop in both to see how they fit. Both were roomy for someone with wide shoulders. I'm 6' and both bags could probably hold someone a bit taller than me too.

Good luck with your search!

borumas
10-15-2011, 02:16 PM
Myself and my stepson could benefit from this. I'm 6'2" and around 275 pounds (need to get down to 215 cause working behind a computer the past few years has made me fat). I wear a size 11 shoe but my stepson is about as tall as me, weighs 240, and wears a size 15 shoe.

johncarbaugh
10-15-2011, 02:18 PM
http://www.duluthtrading.com/store/mens-home.aspx (http://www.duluthtrading.com/store/mens-home.aspx)

Duluth Trading goes up to 4XL on shirts and there long tail T is 3" longer than normal shirts.
Pants go up to a 50" waist and up to 36" inseam.
You can search by size to save time. I have a few things from Duluth and they are all good quality.
They also have a lot of other great items that you might like.

Arizona-Hermit
10-15-2011, 04:36 PM
I agree with Bill. I'm 6'5" and wear a size 16 shoe...Slim pickings anything clothing related for me. I have yet to find a pair of gloves to fit my hands. It'd be nice to have a place to ask where to find things for us taller or bigger people. :)

6' 7", size 16 6E shoes, size 2XL (3XL fits better but they are rarer than chicken lips) gloves, and WAY overweight (working on that part daily).

Finding anything that fits/works for me is a challenge.

Trying to find 36" inseam pants for an over-sized waist is hilarious. Conventional wisdom must be the larger the waist, the smaller the inseam.

zammer
10-15-2011, 04:48 PM
Being a big man myself I know the difficulties of finding gear suited for large men, whether it be packs, sleeping bags, clothing, footwear ect. It would be a great place to post tips, products, insight, reviews, anything to help out the big bushcrafters. I think a sub-forum dedicated to gear for big men would be a great resource for our community.

Thanks Bill

What about the option of creating a Social group within this site, there are several groups that other members have started, perhaps a group for larger bushcrafters? just a suggestion.

The Dude
10-15-2011, 05:01 PM
trying to bring the fatman down...
sad day...
:17:

Does it cost anymore to create a subforum?

Pict
10-15-2011, 05:28 PM
I'm 6 ft 184lbs and I can feel for you guys. My Brother is 5 ft 10 and about 150 and "all things surplus" just seem to be in his size.

Ohio Bushcrafter
10-15-2011, 06:12 PM
I believe you are right, Fat is a issue but I am not really fat or "big boned" I am just not a small or medium in a shirt,my pants are 36-38 depending on summer or hibernation (not really but in winter besides being out in the elements for fun/practice, or my job which is very physically demanding (tree service) slows down to a snails pace besides storm work) I have big hands from genetics, helped by being a 3rd generation boxer with 30yrs plus of abuse (last 12 as a coach).My feet are not very long sz 12 but they are wide. Genetics has got me with a back so wide body I have been approached by body builders on how I developed it, so....I need this area to trade and barter with like sized guys because I haven't been small in my whole life and if I had the notion to try I wouldn't fit into the wife's clothes neither.

Kimber Custom II
10-15-2011, 06:39 PM
I am interested in this also being 6'2" and 260 33" inseam and xxlt shirts. It seems most outdoor gear or second hand gear is designed/ purchased for/by little people. I am a little overweight and big boned so i didnt luck out at all.

Joshuajk
10-15-2011, 06:53 PM
I am 5'10" 370lbs. I may not go out much but almost all the gear I have is surplus military and knockoff military clothing, such as Fox. I buy some of my gear from http://www.militaryclothing.com/ they have a lot of clothing in my size. I wear 3xl shirts and pants. I've seen some clothing as big as 5xl on this site.

zammer
10-15-2011, 07:09 PM
trying to bring the fatman down...
sad day...
:17:

Does it cost anymore to create a subforum?

I don't know if there is a cost or not brother, sorry. But I'm sure one of the mods or other senior members here could tell you.

Gryphonblade
10-15-2011, 07:31 PM
http://www.duluthtrading.com/store/mens-home.aspx (http://www.duluthtrading.com/store/mens-home.aspx).

I second Duluth Trading. They have a cool backstory and have seemed to stay pretty close to their roots of finding the best clothing and gear for tradesmen.

I have two of their Firehose shirts...both 2XTall and they fit me well. I'm a 3XT in about everything else. They have shoulder room!

Also picked up a pair of firehose pants...comfy and wearing better than Carhartts.

styx
10-16-2011, 06:17 AM
6' 7", size 16 6E shoes, size 2XL (3XL fits better but they are rarer than chicken lips) gloves, and WAY overweight (working on that part daily).

Finding anything that fits/works for me is a challenge.

Trying to find 36" inseam pants for an over-sized waist is hilarious. Conventional wisdom must be the larger the waist, the smaller the inseam.

Bubba, I didn't know they made you! All jokes aside, I feel for you. I'm probably half your size and I still feel like everything being made today is for the lollipop guild

Sgt. Mac
10-16-2011, 09:09 AM
I keep tellin my self that I'm big boned too, but I aint never seen a fat skeleton

INFANTRY
10-16-2011, 09:29 AM
I keep tellin my self that I'm big boned too, but I aint never seen a fat skeleton

Ain't that the truth.

LedZep13k7
10-16-2011, 10:49 AM
I was always tall and lanky. I went into the Marine Corps after high school and that changed fast! Double rations at boot camp and I gained 40 pound of muscle weight before I left. To this day the look on the tailors face when I got fit for my uniform was priceless.

I wore 30x36 pants now 34x36. Try finding that. It's hard. I'm actually a 37 inseam on a perfect day but I usually settle for 36. Some companies like Lee, wrangler(western style), cardhart, and LL bean will take custom orders if they don't already make them but are more expensive.

As far as shoes go I normally only wear boots. Red Wing, Justin, and Bates(military) will also do custom orders. Again more expensive but size 16w is hard to find anywhere. New Balance also does custom orders for work out shoes(they're also the brand they give you in boot camp).

EndlessFields
10-17-2011, 09:52 AM
http://www.duluthtrading.com/store/mens-home.aspx

Duluth Trading goes up to 4XL on shirts and there long tail T is 3" longer than normal shirts.
Pants go up to a 50" waist and up to 36" inseam.
You can search by size to save time. I have a few things from Duluth and they are all good quality.
They also have a lot of other great items that you might like.

Absolutely! Duluth Trading clothing is the best. My daily wardrobe for work consists of their Longtail T with a No-Polo Polo shirt and Firehose work pants. I am no small guy (6' 1" 340lbs) and I wear their 2XL talls.

Ohiostomper
10-18-2011, 10:30 AM
I think they are discontinued, but if you can find a Sierra Designs Paul Bunyan sleeping bag, they fit a bigger guy nicely. Mine is 3d polar fleece and I love it.

BigEd63
10-19-2011, 02:31 PM
Being a big man myself I know the difficulties of finding gear suited for large men, whether it be packs, sleeping bags, clothing, footwear ect. It would be a great place to post tips, products, insight, reviews, anything to help out the big bushcrafters. I think a sub-forum dedicated to gear for big men would be a great resource for our community.

Thanks Bill

Just my user name I use on most sites anymore is a hint that I'd appreciate one also.

BigEd63
10-19-2011, 02:42 PM
I'm 6'3 and 260, I'm 260 because I'm fat. If we need a page for bigger clothes for guys like me, then we need a forum on running shoes and how they work IMO. I'm just looking at the root cause people, not trying to insult anyone.

I you have some extra weight you are working on loosing a good set of walking shoes and walking until you get down to the last 20-3lbs you want to loose is a big help on your knees and ankles.

I like the New Balance 606 Country Wallkers for this shored up with arch support insoles with padded heels.

Now as to clothes no matter how thin I am in the waist I still need 2xl t shirts 18 or so sized button dowm and 48-50 jackets due to neck and chest size. Also getting thinner does not make one shorter I'm 6'3" also. So long sleeping bags are a must.

I am a lover of the GI MSS bags.and the Browning large mummy bags.

rdraider
10-19-2011, 05:43 PM
I keep tellin my self that I'm big boned too, but I aint never seen a fat skeleton

I am big boned! Years ago while working in the beer industry, i dropped a full keg (read 175 bs of beer and stainless steel) on my foot from about 5 feet off the ground. OOOUUUCCCHHH!

Luckily my redwing boots with a steel toe, kept my toes from crushing. The steel toe partially collapsed. It scraped the skin off the top of my toe when I pulled the boot off. Anyway, I went to my doctor, he had it xrayed, and then we went into his office to look at the results.

First words out of his mouth: 'D@#n, your big boned!' Scouts honor! I hurt so bad, but didn't stop me from laughing.


So anyway, 300 lbs, 6'2" and yes, I'm both fat and big boned.

Users group would be great. I'm with the mod's, i really don't think it would justify a sub forum, but a users group would be great!

INFANTRY
10-19-2011, 06:15 PM
I you have some extra weight you are working on loosing a good set of walking shoes and walking until you get down to the last 20-3lbs you want to loose is a big help on your knees and ankles.

I like the New Balance 606 Country Wallkers for this shored up with arch support insoles with padded heels.

Now as to clothes no matter how thin I am in the waist I still need 2xl t shirts 18 or so sized button dowm and 48-50 jackets due to neck and chest size. Also getting thinner does not make one shorter I'm 6'3" also. So long sleeping bags are a must.

I am a lover of the GI MSS bags.and the Browning large mummy bags.

Ed, I was being a smart a$$. I was trying to say that if we need a forum to discuss BIG clothes, then what we should really be doing is out running, to exercise and lose the weight

Toddler
10-19-2011, 08:24 PM
I'm 5' 10, weigh in at 336Lbs. When I got married 16 years ago, I weighed in at 185Lbs. I'm just fat! I have made a committment to get down to 200Lbs. by the second week in July 2012. I have a full week out in the Bush planned and I WILL be in shape!

GKiT
10-20-2011, 03:48 PM
Big men and fat men are two different things.

You know which one you are.

An official fat burning thread may be a good support group/motivator for anyone wanting to get into shape.

I propose a the Happy Camper Bushcraft Challenge:

Empty out those bug out bags.
Start with a 10 pound pack. That is an empty pack with a few items not to exceed 10 pounds. For every pound you loose, add a pound of gear to your pack. Everyone here loves gear so wanting to add more must have items to your pack will be your motivation.

Not many people want a pack over 30 pounds. When you reach 30 pounds of gear and 20 pounds of fat lost give yourself a pat on the back. If you need to loose more than that start out the challenge with adding one pound of gear for every 5 pounds of fat lost.

Your body is the most important piece of gear you have, why not make it into something that will perform well for you? A bushcraft "pot" mod of a different kind.

If you are obese and enjoy the woods now you will LOVE it at your in shape weight.

Not trying to be an a$$, hope nobody takes this the wrong way.

after getting in shape you still may not be able to get into those 31" waist surplus wool pants but you will feel too good to care.

12G Slug
10-20-2011, 03:55 PM
6'2 250lbs 14 shoe

i dont have a HARD time finding things but it can be a little difficult

FTG-05
10-20-2011, 07:49 PM
6'4" and 265 lbs (too much also). Very hard time finding anything with 36" inseam. What in the world are hunting clothes manufacturers thinking when all they have is 32" inseamed clothes????

In any event, here's a couple places I've found since I'm in the market for some 34"-36" inseamed insulated hunting bibs for cold weather (well, as cold as it gets here in North Alabama):

http://www.bigcamo.com/index.php

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/browse/big-tall-clothing.aspx?c=20003

http://www.basspro.com/Big_and_Tall_Store/_/N-0/Ntk-Search_All/Ntt-big+and+tall

http://www.oversizeoutfitters.com/

http://www.bigmen.com/hunting/index.html

http://www.davisbigandtall.com/davis/dept.asp?dept_id=3166

http://www.thebigsportsman.com/

http://www.ranchwearunlimited.com/hunting-clothes-mens-big-and-tall.html

http://www.kingsizedirect.com/1/3/big-and-tall-hunting-clothes

http://www.davisbigandtall.com/davis/dept.asp?dept_id=3118

SC_Dave
10-20-2011, 08:22 PM
I bought one of these and it is great. They have different heights and seat sizes. They are a little pricey but trust me they are bomb proof. They are rated at 440+ lbs.

http://www.campsaver.com/comfort-stool (http://www.campsaver.com/comfort-stool)

joe305
10-20-2011, 09:08 PM
5-10, 245Lbs, size 13 shoes and XXL gloves I'm lucky I worked out allot up untill 5 years ago. So I've still got some muscle. I think its time for us to get out there and lose some weight guys....more years of life in the bush........I'm u for a challenge....
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Bill Cox
10-20-2011, 09:10 PM
I bought one of these and it is great. They have different heights and seat sizes. They are a little pricey but trust me they are bomb proof. They are rated at 440+ lbs.

http://www.campsaver.com/comfort-stool (http://www.campsaver.com/comfort-stool)

Thanks for posting Dave, im gonna have to get me one of those stools.

Thanks Bill

The Dude
10-22-2011, 02:14 PM
Thanks for posting Dave, im gonna have to get me one of those stools.

Thanks Bill

that's a little expensive for a stool isn't it?
Why not cut out a triangle from some heavyweight fabric. sew corners on it in leather. then make the legs from hardwood when you make camp.
hmmm that sounds like a project......

zammer
10-22-2011, 04:56 PM
that's a little expensive for a stool isn't it?
Why not cut out a triangle from some heavyweight fabric. sew corners on it in leather. then make the legs from hardwood when you make camp.
hmmm that sounds like a project......

Thats not a bad idea Dude, if you used a small link of chain ( with a speed link ) for cinching the 3 legs at the middle along with your idea for the seat, you might just have a winner.

Arizona-Hermit
10-22-2011, 10:29 PM
I bought one of these and it is great. They have different heights and seat sizes. They are a little pricey but trust me they are bomb proof. They are rated at 440+ lbs.

[/URL][url]http://www.campsaver.com/comfort-stool (http://www.campsaver.com/comfort-stool)

Not too bad, but I found that this one (while rated at 400 lbs) will actually hold over 500 lbs without a problem and is cheaper. I have bought many items from this place and most have been well made and affordable.

http://www.livingxl.com/store/en_US/catalog/browse_sku.jsp?clear=true&catID=cat300188&prodId=X2024&id=cat300188 (http://www.livingxl.com/store/en_US/catalog/browse_sku.jsp?clear=true&catID=cat300188&prodId=X2024&id=cat300188)

GKiT
10-23-2011, 07:33 AM
Am I a bad person for smiling just a little because this thread has evolved into finding the perfect way to sit down? :)

SC_Dave
10-23-2011, 02:05 PM
Posted this in hopes it may help someone out.

http://www.bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php?p=833428#post833428 (http://www.bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php?p=833428#post833428)

Driftingrz
10-24-2011, 03:07 PM
6'2 and typicaly stay between 225-250 year round... on the heavy side now being unemployed.. anybody have some favorite Go to Packs that ride comfortable? i had an alice and loved it.. but not anymore.. i have a condor pack like this right now.. got it cheap at a gunshow. and its what i carry in the woods now.. also serves as my Range bag when shooting guns... but it just doesnt ride comfortable on me.. a little to narrow and rides up high on back... not to mention the straps SUCK..

identical to this.. only its in Ugly digi cam..

while im not one who cares much for tactical gear.. id like to get another pack with some molle options for optional pouches.. that was my only gripe about the alice pack.. 1 Huge compartment and 3 pouches.. id like something affordable but still descent quality

http://www.desertdeucesurplus.com/catalog/126MCam.jpg

Bill Cox
10-24-2011, 03:16 PM
Anything Kelty, Camelbak Maximum Gear are 2 brands that i recommend for big guys. The redwing is my go to pack.

Thanks Bill

caleath
10-26-2011, 10:09 AM
At 6'4 and 250 I have a hard time too. 40 inch waste and 38 inseam



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KajunKat
10-26-2011, 11:05 AM
6'3" 275 sz13, I have found the wrangler Riggs ranger pants and they are about all I wear now for pants. heavy weight ripstop cotton, cargo pockets, roomy, knee pad slots, reinforced seams etc. "big boy" sizes. they are awesome pants for the woods.

Bushmonkey85
11-15-2011, 02:23 PM
Just thought I'd throw this up here for anyone who might be interested. Campingsurvival.com has a GREAT closeout deals and some BIG mens jackets that would make great work/brush coats, as well as liners.

Check it out!
http://campingsurvival.com/rothcospecials.html

ccwaters
11-15-2011, 03:05 PM
Great Post, I've done the big thing for a few years myself, Add Left Handed onto it for a twist! Though the Southpaw part has gotten better over the years!

Bill Cox
12-16-2011, 04:46 PM
Somehow I forgot to mention Hycreek.com, the offer most of there products upto 5x

http://www.hycreek.com/default.asp

Thanks Bill

wulfesinger67
12-18-2011, 12:01 AM
i found out the other day i am my ideal weight... im just not my ideal height!!! im 5'11" and a petite 296#. trying to find wool comando sweaters is next to imposible!

styx
12-18-2011, 07:00 AM
Wulfesinger67, I feel for ya. I've been searching for a pair of wool gloves that fit for over 2 months now. So I don't even want to imagine how hard it is to find commando sweaters

Kinggoat
12-18-2011, 09:05 AM
I see Duluth Trading Co has been mentioned by a few people in this post. I wear there clothes almost daily. I think there clothing is great. I'm 6'2 286

tnrick55
12-18-2011, 10:11 AM
now we need a post for old fat men too, like me.comfort chairs,sleeping system,tent ,cot exc.and easy way to get to a site.poor me lol.

Tobit
12-26-2011, 02:05 PM
LOL. I just noticed this thread, guess I am a member of this club as well. *sigh*

6' 2" - 300 lbs. - 39 years old.

wheelmanron
12-26-2011, 04:23 PM
At 6', 270lbs, I had to rig up a sleeping bag. I use a space blanket on the bottom, and 2 poncho liners tied to the grommet holes. That way, I am insulated from the ground, and I have 2 layers to sleep under if I need to. Plus, I have plenty of room in it, and it was cheap and easy to make.

xRangerx
11-03-2012, 11:31 AM
We should bump this back up

Scroggins
11-25-2012, 06:58 PM
Bumped! I'm a shade under 6'7" 250 lbs (at the moment) size 15 shoe. 28 years old on the 3rd of December.

Not all of these companies are outdoor related, but I buy at LL Bean, Eddie Bauer, Cabela's, REI, and Marmot.

It's pretty difficult to find things in a Tall or Long size, and some companies not listed above fit nonetheless in length. However, all of the above companies have lots of products in those Tall/Long sizes, and at different price points.

Adullam's_Cave
04-19-2013, 09:00 PM
I was going to suggest this very thread! It's too bad there aren't enough of us to warrant our own section in the "Reviews" Forum. That said, I would be willing to join a "Giants of BushCraft" group (Like the Ax Mob or Mora Tribe [Go Tribe!]). I'm 6'5" and 260 and agree with what everyone else said... being big (I'm not fat) and tall isn't all its cracked up to be. Knives are too small, packs are too small, backpacking gear is just sad, etc...

Right now I'm looking for a backpacking back - Any suggestions for someone with more than a 22" Torso? I'd prefer an external frame pack, but as with most things gear or clothing related... I'll compromise.

hawkeye1776
04-19-2013, 10:54 PM
At 6'8" tall and 330 lbs, I am somewhat fat - mostly just large. It's always been difficult to find stuff to fit. I used to be about Scroggins size - when I was the age that he is now! I'm roughly twice his age at the moment.

All we really would need would be an ability to post our findings. Find a blanket that is mostly wool, well-made, is 84" long and 72" wide? Post the particulars. Find size 14 EEEE boots? Post where you got them, give a review.


A lot of gear can be modified - think of providing details as to how strap lengths are changed, belts are lengthened (think "Kovach" clip for an equipment belt or a pack belt), which sleeping bags give suitable girth and length (Wiggys makes 'em; the old Arctic mummy outer bag is certainly big enough; the patrol bag in a USGI sleep system is big enough for me, IIRC).

So - would that be a sub-forum? Or would we create a "Paul Bunyan League"?

I vote for the "Paul Bunyan League", myself. You know Paul Bunyan, dontcha? Fellow grew up in Maine, then came west to Michigan and Minnesota to take care of the shrubbery out there...

ccwaters
04-19-2013, 10:56 PM
Right now I'm looking for a backpacking back - Any suggestions for someone with more than a 22" Torso? I'd prefer an external frame pack, but as with most things gear or clothing related... I'll compromise.

Though they are only rated to 21 inches, I have 3 kelty packs which are quite comfortable, and do reasonably well on my 27 inch Torso, 60 chest, 70 shoulders. I have a Strike 2300, Falcon 4000, and an older Apache 3100, The strike is the most adjustable of the bunch. The Falcon and the Strike are still made, renamed, but still made, Apache is out of production.

I want to try a Kifaru, they are custom made to size, or maybe a Mystery Ranch, but have to save the coin for those.

The Frost River Summit makes a great Day/overnighter and also fits my frame pretty well, no waste belt to worry about.

What I have failed to find so far is a decent winter down sleeping bag, need something about 44 wide at the shoulders or I can't move in it decently.

pure_mahem
04-20-2013, 12:04 AM
6'1" 480lbs size 14 4E shoe 5-6xl

Treklight Hammocks have a 400 lb rating and come with a lifetime warranty I've fully tested these using Polypro straps and have they have not failed me yet. Lines w/outer coatings tend to fail using these just some experience on the subject. I do want to try using a climbing rope set up but haven't found the rope I want to use for that yet.

If your looking for some large clothes Kingsize.com carries some good stuff.

New Balance shoes make some right size comfortable sneakers/trail shoes.

The military poncho works well for me for raingear.

I like the ILBE packs. I have an old ebay pack with no name but the model was called a Cuscus Expedition 75 that fits well and is very adjustable to the individual It actually has an adjustable height setup for the straps and is an internal frame pack very similar to the ILBE pretty nice seeing how it's one of those made in china things I believe I paid 60 bucks about 8 years ago.

Those Boreal Forest shirts can be made in custom sizes so I will be acquiring one of those shortly. From the words of the man who makes them spring is the best time to ask about getting this done. I'm going to see about getting a Canvas Anorak at the same time. I'll let you know how that all goes after I acquire those garments and give a review.

BigCamo.com sells quite a bit of outdoor gear in the big man size that you can't get elsewhere. But it's one of those things that if you see it in stock you need to jump on it because it may be a very long time before he gets things in stock again. I'm still waiting on the waders to get back in stock but at least he does get them. The time delay is mainly because he goes to the manufacturer to have certain things made specifically to better fit us big folks.

Other sites I'm aware of are Casual Male, Living XL, Big Dogs- but they may have gone out of business was one of my favorite stores at one time. Cabelas does carry a few items very few.

Manufacturers I'm aware of that make big stuff Rothco, Walls, Wrangler, JCP carries a few things up to 4xl but there selection is very limited. It's Nice to know a few companies out there like Empire Canvas and Lester River will go out of there way to make custom pieces to outfit there larger customers.

I think a thread on this topic at the very least is a great idea! I know there's a lot of people out there that have a very hard time finding good clothes to wear. I've helped more than a few people move out of their sweat pant wardrobe just by telling them about kingsize.com or giving them a catalog. After all we can't just run around naked just because we can't find clothes to wear. If we relied on Walmart we'd be F@(%#$!!!!

Andrew Hinshaw
04-20-2013, 12:23 AM
6'3" 400+lbs 43yrs old, this is a category I actually fit in. Too old and fat to keep getting up off the ground so I hammock camp. I go light enough without sacrificeing cool gadgets and tools. I am the master of conserving energy( my wife calls it laziness ) but I'm comfortable and happy and that's what counts. List: GT-SBP w/tarp, assorted sharp things( way into mora's now), DIY bush buddy and Coleman cook set, Coleman 4way bag w/ reflector mat in cold, assorted cords, ties, and tapes. All in a tan fieldline tactical bag. Mabe i will get around to pictures sometime next weekend at our spring scout camp.

MJA
04-20-2013, 07:25 AM
It's nice to see that other guys are having the same issues with gear. I'm 6'7" and 290 lbs and there are times it seems impossible to find gear that will fit. Thanks for all the gear advice fellas.

Lamewolf
04-20-2013, 09:25 AM
6' 3" and 350 pounds here - sounds like a great idea to me !