You'd think that with how fitness and outdoor obsessed Vancouver is that there'd be a Columbia store that isn't all the way out at the outlet mall by the airport, so now I get to decide if it's worth it to drive out there or to try and return these snow pants that didn't fit by mail.

I'm pissed off because there is nothing standing in my way of having good quality snow pants (Budget is not the problem here!) except hardly anyone makes a size that should fit me. The Columbia 3x was supposed to fit me in the hip, but they're cut for someone with thinner legs and a larger waist (the inner belt tabs don't go small enough for me) and the rise is too low. Fat people go outside and want functional gear that fits and doesn't slow them down by constantly needing to be adjusted!

So this is another year where I can't sled with my kid, or I have to put on multiple layers of leggings to go snowshoeing and hope the snow isn't so powdery that it sprays up my legs and makes them cold and damp. And it's embarrassing to have to say "Sorry, can't go do [snow activity]" and to explain that there isn't proper gear in my size because that seems like a weak excuse to anyone who can just grab their size of a rack at multiple stores.

And anyone who says "Just lose weight" can get in the trashcan, nobody should have to feel like they have to lose weight to deserve the joy of movement outside. Clothing should be a part of what makes activities accessible to any body type that wants it.

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