Running gear for larger folk

Hi guys,

Just wondered if anybody had any experience of or suggestions for where to get running gear for those of us who aren't built like racing snakes?

I'm 6ft 1 and about 18 stone and am looking for a jacket to keep the worst of any wet out.

I tried an xxl jacket on today and it was like a second skin. Only place I've found any bigger so far is Amazon, but then I'm not sure from the listings if they're suitable for wet weather running.

Any suggestions?


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  • Hi Pete, have you tried Sports Direct ? Very popular choice on here . You could check on their website , see if theres owt suitable :-) xxx

  • Hi poppy,

    Yes that was the first place I tried. They don't have anything the right size. Neither in store nor online.

  • Aw that's a shame , what about Decathlon or Go Outdoors ? :-) xxx

  • M and S have stuff too. I bought xxxl t shirt for men and Sports a Direct trousers. I'm a similar size to you. Good luck on your search.

  • Roseberry reccomended a jacket on amazon which got good reviews. I ordered and it was brilliant. Size wise and water proofing. Search for mountain warehouse products.

  • Thanks for the suggestion, I did see some Mountain Warehouse ones when looking on Amazon. Have remembered there is a Mountain Warehouse store near us, so I'll perhaps pop in there at the weekend and see if they have anything.

  • Also - what is Roseberry? Is it a magazine/website or something? Being new to running I'm not sure of where to go for information etc.

  • Not a worry. Roseberry is is another member on this site. She gave the reccomendations in response to a post from me a few weeks ago. My jacket got a good road test yesterday and I was mightily impressed with the waterproofing but also the fit, which did not restrict movement. Some reviews do say the sleeves are long and I found this to be the case, but actually, I found this useful as it stopped rain creeping up my sleeves.

  • Ah right thanks. I'll definitely pop into MW when I'm next nearby and have a look. There is one on their website which looks ideal - their Force running jacket. But it's only available in hi-viz yellow from there.

    I'm not sure I'm entirely ready to announce my running presence to the world by going for something that bright just yet.

    Have also found a few possibles on ebay.

  • Yay! Shout it loud and shout it proud! You are a RUNNER!!! :-)

    Honestly tho I quite understand and hi viz yellow would not be my thing either! I am someone of ...ahem...'comfortable' build myself and got my stuff from M&S and it is nicely camouflaged (black and charcoal) and it fits and is true to size which is more than I could say for the so-called 'large' sizes in the few running shops I have ventured into for clothing...

  • Thanks a couple of people have suggested M&S.

    Unfortunately they don't seem to have much for us chaps.

  • Oh. Have you considered rugby gear suppliers? There must be training gear available for big guys like props....


    Might this sort of thing be of some use?


    Might this sort of thing be of some use?

  • Thanks for the link. I hadn't thought about looking for something like that.

    Have been looking for stuff that specifically mentions it is for running, didn't think of branching out.

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