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Until fairly recently, the only clothing available for female outdoor enthusiasts; climbers, hikers and mountaineers, was clothing that had been designed for men. Mountain clothing was called unisex, but sizing was a problem and, more importantly, the lack of women-specific features caused discomfort and decreased performance.
On the one hand, the un-tailored cut meant excess fabric would get in the way during movement, decreasing overall comfort. This was most noticeable in the waist area of the trousers. Finding a decent sports bra was also a challenge.
On the other hand, and even more importantly, this un-tailored cut caused cold spots. Clothing doesn't actually produce heat, it retains the warmth produced by your body. So, the more air trapped between the garment and your body, results in a greater amount of heat loss. This was especially noticeable in the waist area, due to the straight cut which created a chamber of air that provoked cold spots and caused discomfort.
And the same problem occurred with over-heating. Today, the wicking properties found in tees, baselayers and other Summer outdoor clothing works best when it is in contact with your skin, because that way it wicks away much more perspiration.
There are still some who believe that clothing specifically designed for female mountaineers, trekkers, trail runners, etc. is just fashion. But nothing is further from the truth: the jackets, trousers, tees, fleeces, baselayers, underwear, etc. that are used today by women for climbing, skiing, mountaineering, hiking or any other outdoor activity, have, without a doubt, greatly increased both comfort and performance during most intense outdoor activities..
A perfect fit, total freedom of movement, warmth without cold spots, total comfort when wearing women's harness - which has a higher waist...there's no longer a difference in the features offered by men and women's mountain clothing, and this has led to greater enjoyment and greater safety.
Barrabes was a pioneer in making women's clothing available. Almost a decade and a half has passed since we decided that women's clothing should be included in our store, although at that time the choice on the market was limited (many brands didn't even have a women's collection)
Nowadays, those times are past. All major brands offer a women's collection, which is as large as the men's. Using a great deal of thought and with the experience of our team, we have selected the best women's clothing available, manufactured by national and international brands who give us the greatest confidence so that those marvellous moments spent in the mountains can no longer be tarnished by garments that don't respond to our needs.