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Applebottom gal in search of SHAPED baselayer bottoms that WON'T break the bank

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I've been hunting various brands of light- and midweight long underwear, and none of the sample photos for anything I can afford look reasonable, so I'm hoping there are some women here who might be able to give some suggestions.

 

I don't seem to be the shape that manufacturers plan to fit in the first place ... AND I spend more time sitting than I do upright skiing.

 

I'm skinny with an applebottom; HOWEVER -- with long legs and a short torso (short gap between ribs and hips), there is only 8" difference between my waist and hips, so I don't need "relaxed" fit bottoms.  A tight waistband with baggy hips is the exact OPPOSITE of what I need.  I can't count how many size charts I've looked at that say my hips are S; waist is M.  "Regular" fit for other people automatically gives ME a "relaxed" fit in the hips.

 

I seem to be on an endless quest for bottoms with a tipped waistline -- full butt coverage WITHOUT covering my bra -- lower half of price range.

 

Most of the "low rise" long underwear I've found has a perfect low rise front ... yet also has a low rise butt -- precisely what I DON'T want.  If they don't cover my butt standing up, they'll be much lower when I sit down.

 

Sometimes I ski upright with outriggers, but sometimes I ride in a bi-ski, so even up on the slopes -- I need bottoms that provide full butt coverage WITHOUT covering my bra ... when SEATED.

 

Adaptive skiing isn't the newest sport on the planet.  Upright racers crouch into MUCH tighter tucks than a bi-ski bucket forces.  SOME manufacturer has got to make women's baselayer bottoms that DON'T require rolling down the front of the waistband three or four times.  This is 2011, yes?

 

A lot of us adaptive skiers simply can't tolerate a full day on the slopes.  I'm usually SITTING for half a day on the patio or in the lodge while my family is still up there, regardless of whether I skied upright or seated that day..

 

Those multiple folds of fabric all bunched up become incredibly uncomfortable even when they're dry ... AND folded: they don't wick sweat worth a rat's patootie.  When I do get out on the slopes, comfort is imperative for me to STAY out there.  Having altered sensation in my legs, I don't ski terribly often - particularly if it's too cold (serious frost bite risk), AND I'm on a fixed income, so I'm trying to find some full length long underwear built to fit a woman's curves, yet closer to the $30 mark than the $130 mark.  As infrequently as I'm on the slopes, I just can't rationalize raiding my grocery budget for a pair of long underwear that costs JUST AS MUCH as my 3-in-1 parka!

 

This is one of those times when making men's cold weather clothing "small and pink" just WON'T suffice.  The hunt is ... um ... let's politely call it frustrating!

 

Anyone else here who has dealt with the same [cover the butt; not the bra!] issues affordably?

 

Any suggestions would be IMMENSELY appreciated!!!  Clearance (affordable) season is already beginning...

post #2 of 11

Try Winners.  It's a discount brand-name store here in Ontario Canada with items that change with time.  I don't know if they have them where you are though.

 

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...how warm do you need them?

 

If you could use a _very_ warm baselayer, you might look at items made out of Polartec Powerstretch.      The material has a simply *extraordinary* amount of stretch for a winter-use (i.e. non-clammy-Lycra) baselayer, enough to overcome a lot of problems in mismatch between cut of the garment and the wearer's body shape.

 

The material has only been available for ~2 seasons now so it won't be used in non-brand items.    

 

The material stretch, however, is so good (while keeping warmth) that a men's cut can easily fit very curvy women if the waist circumference is approximately correct.   That might help in shopping.

 

EDIT: on the lightweight side, do you have a pantyhose brand that fits?   And have you tried using them outdoors, or are they simply too clammy?  Does the same manufacturer make a microfiber version?

 

EDIT2: The reason you received mens' replies in this thread is a) we're gear geeks so we tend to read stuff in this section and b) there might (or not) be a bit of perceived stigma or embarassment over body shape discussion in a mixed-gender forum on the part of female posters.    You might also try the womens' ski forum  Ski Divas (don't have link as I don't go there, sorry).

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You might simply opt to get your under garments altered, that would ensure a custom fit.

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I'll definitely check out the Polartech Powerstretch.  It might actually be able to get me out in much colder weather than previously.

 

On the panty hose / tights suggestion -- if you've never worn them, you probably don't know : they're mostly shaped like tube socks for the body -- "shape" is a matter of stretch, NOT construction.  I have the same problem with them that I have with a pair of 100% cotton long underwear and nearly all low-end synthetics -- the back coverage isn't great sitting down, and I have to fold the front WAAAAY down no matter what.

 

Don't worry, guys, I got my injuries courtesy of my dear old Uncle Sam 20 years ago -- no modesty about "shape issues" here.  I'm in a shape that still FITS (dang proud of that!) the uniforms I got GI'd in 1990, simply "lady shaped".  I hit the same exact shape problems with my swim skins -- making mens wetsuits "small and pink" leaves me with a big bag of cold water against my arthritic lumbar -- gotta jump up to a much higher price-point to get a proper lady-shaped wetsuit if I want to stay in the water for any "normal" length of time.

 

Clearance season seems to be the only time of year I can afford ANY [elemental exposure prevention] gear of high enough quality to ALSO be genuinely lady shaped.  Right now I'm just trying to find out WHAT gear is lady shaped since the manufacturers all seem to believe that direct front / back photos somehow display how curvy the NEVER-PHOTOGRAPHED PROFILE of their clothing may or may not be.

 

Thanks also for the tip on The Ski Diva -- found them at http://www.theskidiva.com/  I'll give them a buzz in addition to keeping check here :-)

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Eithe start sewing or maybe go with your regular comfy lounge pants and a powder suit... I know pow suits aren't "the cool" thing to wear anymore, but I'll still rock mine on a pow day if I want..  Not sure if I helped or not but definately have someone alter some underarmor or something.. If ya ain't comfy, it isn't any fun... J.

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Eithe start sewing or maybe go with your regular comfy lounge pants and a powder suit... I know pow suits aren't "the cool" thing to wear anymore, but I'll still rock mine on a pow day if I want..  Not sure if I helped or not but definately have someone alter some underarmor or something.. If ya ain't comfy, it isn't any fun... J.



If you go with the one piece, you might consider it an added benefit to make it into one piece lickers- http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10063552749

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. If ya ain't comfy, it isn't any fun... J.



If THAT ain't the truth!!  Being "walking wounded" is uncomfy enough all by itself. Uncomfy gear is a reason to drink my hot cocoa at home, forget the lodge!



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If you go with the one piece, you might consider it an added benefit to make it into one piece lickers- http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10063552749


LOL!!!  2. Approach with caution. One-piece wearers can be aggressive and often foreign. -- That's almost worth the "risk" just for the irony!

 

I think I might be the least aggressive bunny out there.  The most excited I've ever been was the day I helped out some adaptive instructors tether-train for a brand new bi-unique.  They needed a guinea pig who understood disability, but was ABLE enough for training to help out in case they ditched.  They took me over some terrain I couldn't traverse by myself.  I skipped the gonads and strife but freely admit -- I did yell WEEEE! several times biggrin.gif

 

I'll give the Divas a few days (this is ski season after all), but otherwise may have to find a local sports tailor to modify a [not quite right] pair.

 

Thanks guys!!!

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Check out www.decentexposures.com --  owned by a friend of mine -- she has various fabrics and can customize a garment to your specifications.  The prices are reasonable considering the customization.

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I'll definitely check out the Polartech Powerstretch.  It might actually be able to get me out in much colder weather than previously.

Just in case you haven't yet found what you were looking for, you should check out the Cloudveil stuff on this page (all Powerstretch):

http://www.levelninesports.com/find_model.php?id=3558

 

Amazing prices on this closeout stuff and it is good quality. I've fallen in love with Polartec Powerstretch and have ordered quite a few of these items for myself and my wife.

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