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planning for spring 2018
#1
Hi all; I have a clothing question. A while back a hiking buddy of mine told me that my hiking shirts were old fashioned. I had to admit he was right. I tend to wear a ubiquitous checkered shirt from places like Eddie Bauer or REI, either synthetic or a cotton/ synthetic blend. I was looking at some El Camino youtubes and I didn't see very many guys wearing that kind of shirt. I don't want to be a total fossil on the El Camino, so I though a light colored somewhat baggy caftan-like shirt might be better. Any suggestions.



 

owms2323

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Camino de Frances (2014) Camino Frances (2016) Camino Finisterre/Muxia (2017)
#2
Hi all; I have a clothing question. A while back a hiking buddy of mine told me that my hiking shirts were old fashioned. I had to admit he was right. I tend to wear a ubiquitous checkered shirt from places like Eddie Bauer or REI, either synthetic or a cotton/ synthetic blend. I was looking at some El Camino youtubes and I didn't see very many guys wearing that kind of shirt. I don't want to be a total fossil on the El Camino, so I though a light colored somewhat baggy caftan-like shirt might be better. Any suggestions.



No one cares what you wear. Function and comfort.
 

Rick M

Active Member
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April ('16,'18)
#4
One of my kids gave me an "Authentic Fossil" keychain one father's day. I carry it proudly. Being a fossil has nothing to do with Camino clothing. You don't want to take anything made of cotton. Its to heavy, and it takes too long to dry. For base layer, spring the extra money for merino wool, its almost magical in terms of wicking sweat as I discovered. You can also wear it for a few days without it starting to smell.....uh....manly. Pure synthetics are a great second choice, and great for a fleece hoodie or other mid layer. REI has a decent selection of these, look for "Technical" in the title.

Buen Camino!
 

Peter Fransiscus

Do good and good will come to you.
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All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
#5
Hi all; I have a clothing question. A while back a hiking buddy of mine told me that my hiking shirts were old fashioned. I had to admit he was right. I tend to wear a ubiquitous checkered shirt from places like Eddie Bauer or REI, either synthetic or a cotton/ synthetic blend. I was looking at some El Camino youtubes and I didn't see very many guys wearing that kind of shirt. I don't want to be a total fossil on the El Camino, so I though a light colored somewhat baggy caftan-like shirt might be better. Any suggestions.



Who cares what you wear , it's all about comfort.
It has to do the trick so to speak.

Wish you well,Peter.
 

notion900

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#9
Running tops are good. I also have a long sleeved white Adidas footballer's shirt for truly scorchio weather, that covers my hands up.

All Spanish pilgrims dress head to toe in Kalenji / Quechua own-brand stuff from Decathlon, so if you really want to fit in with the in-crowd, go that way.

 
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#12
Hi all; I have a clothing question. A while back a hiking buddy of mine told me that my hiking shirts were old fashioned. I had to admit he was right. I tend to wear a ubiquitous checkered shirt from places like Eddie Bauer or REI, either synthetic or a cotton/ synthetic blend. I was looking at some El Camino youtubes and I didn't see very many guys wearing that kind of shirt. I don't want to be a total fossil on the El Camino, so I though a light colored somewhat baggy caftan-like shirt might be better. Any suggestions.



This is the rule I play by when backpacking, hiking, or walking: Function over Form.
 

katie@camino

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CPort (Coastal) from Porto 2018.
#15
Sometimes looking good helps one feel good! Cant really comment on men's attire but i think rolled-up long sleeves always looks nice. Or a well fitting t-shirt.
 

CaminoDebrita

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#17
Good God. That brings back memories lol
I was just thinking the same thing! I remember the song, I remember streaking as a fad, I remember a reemergence of the fad a few years back!

Form over function, but don't you all think that the OP just hasn't come clean with his true motivations?

1. Looking for love on the Camino!

2. A true appreciation for ZZ Top, not a bad thing.

Just my two cents, and I bet I've nailed this one.
 

WGroleau

Wandering Weirdo
Camino(s) past & future
2015 & 2016 (partial)
#18
Hi all; I have a clothing question. A while back a hiking buddy of mine told me that my hiking shirts were old fashioned.
Decades ago in USA there was a fad associated with "Real men don't eat quiche." I tried to make a bumper-sticker saying "Real men don't let others tell them what to eat." Same principle applies to clothing.

Look for me on the Camino: bald guy, ZZ Top beard, bright green bell bottoms with white stripes, clodhoppers, multi-cooler Mexican shirt, leather whip at the hip. (Just kidding, but I did wear that once or twice in college in 1974.)
 

onwayhome

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Frances Ponferrada-Santiago,(c1986)
Frances SJPP-Santiago (2011)
Portuguese Porto- Finisterre (2016)
St Michaels Way (2016)
#19
I'm sure you'll stand out in a caftan style shirt though I can't quite picture it.
Have you also considered the need for a travel iron and coat hangers? Too many people are setting off each morning without paying proper attention to collars and cuffs in my opinion.
 

Stephen

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Twice walked from St Jean to Estella and once from Sarria to Santiago. Maybe someday I'll find the time to do the entire walk.
I've found the time. Just completed SJPP to Santiago. 25 Aug to 1st Oct, 2016.
And now the Portuguese from Lisbon.
#20
Hi all; I have a clothing question. A while back a hiking buddy of mine told me that my hiking shirts were old fashioned. I had to admit he was right. I tend to wear a ubiquitous checkered shirt from places like Eddie Bauer or REI, either synthetic or a cotton/ synthetic blend. I was looking at some El Camino youtubes and I didn't see very many guys wearing that kind of shirt. I don't want to be a total fossil on the El Camino, so I though a light colored somewhat baggy caftan-like shirt might be better. Any suggestions.



I well remember my first Camino, some years ago, when I carried a smoothing iron and a makeshift ironing board. Sartorial standards have slipped since then and I confess I now follow the wrinkled shirt brigade and go for the casual crumpled look.
As long as you and your raiment are clean it doesn't matter how you look.
 
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Primitivo June 2013
SJPP - Logroño June 2014
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#21
Running tops are good. I also have a long sleeved white Adidas footballer's shirt for truly scorchio weather, that covers my hands up.

All Spanish pilgrims dress head to toe in Kalenji / Quechua own-brand stuff from Decathlon, so if you really want to fit in with the in-crowd, go that way.

Hahaha
That's not true In my case trousers (trangoworld) , boots (Chiruca) and underwear (?) are not Kalenji/Chiruca.
 
#22
It is funny how hiking fashion changes over the years but then I suppose this applies to all fashion/clothes. I have pictures on my wall at work of workers in the factory and outside in the 1930s wearing jackets and ties to do moderately heavy manual labour. The same applies to hiking and people want the latest thing, now comfort at any cost seems the way people go. I see the sense in this but most of the Caminos are series of walks from town/village to town/village and jungle/mountain gear is not necessary. Perhaps not a suit and tie but anything you would wear to do the gardening at the weekend could be considered adequate if not ideal
 

Jersey

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
July 2017
#24
I was just thinking the same thing! I remember the song, I remember streaking as a fad, I remember a reemergence of the fad a few years back!

Form over function, but don't you all think that the OP just hasn't come clean with his true motivations?

1. Looking for love on the Camino!

2. A true appreciation for ZZ Top, not a bad thing.

Just my two cents, and I bet I've nailed this one.
I think you may be right.
Looking for love on the Camino?
That's a a lot of trouble to put yourself through to find love.
On the other hand, one can have a lot of inexpensive dates lol
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2015
#27
Who cares what you wear , it's all about comfort.
I was in the church at Carrion de los Condes one afternoon when I noticed that a funeral service was going to be held. I left but when I went back it was in time to see the coffin being carried out. One of the pallbearers was wearing a tee-shirt that was printed to resemble a tuxedo.
 

Stivandrer

Perambulating & Curious. Rep stravaiging offender
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I´ve got Camino plans until 2042,
- or till I fall flat on my face, whichever comes first !!
#29
Hi all; I have a clothing question. A while back a hiking buddy of mine told me that my hiking shirts were old fashioned. I had to admit he was right. I tend to wear a ubiquitous checkered shirt from places like Eddie Bauer or REI, either synthetic or a cotton/ synthetic blend. I was looking at some El Camino youtubes and I didn't see very many guys wearing that kind of shirt. I don't want to be a total fossil on the El Camino, so I though a light colored somewhat baggy caftan-like shirt might be better. Any suggestions.



Why on earth are you letting yourself be bothered about what other people think about what you wear. If your clothes itch, or getting smelly, ditch them. Get functional , not trendy....

BTW - get a new hiking buddy.. this one talks too much rubbish...

edit PS I am an old fossil myself and I am not likely to get a toss what I wear, nop less what you wear !!
 
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frances 2017
#30
Hi all; I have a clothing question. A while back a hiking buddy of mine told me that my hiking shirts were old fashioned. I had to admit he was right. I tend to wear a ubiquitous checkered shirt from places like Eddie Bauer or REI, either synthetic or a cotton/ synthetic blend. I was looking at some El Camino youtubes and I didn't see very many guys wearing that kind of shirt. I don't want to be a total fossil on the El Camino, so I though a light colored somewhat baggy caftan-like shirt might be better. Any suggestions.



If you are interested in impressing the women on the Camino, based on pictures and reactions to them on a Facebook page that shall remain nameless, Spandex bicycle wear seems to get the most positive reactions--even from tired female pilgrims.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2015
#31
If you are interested in impressing the women on the Camino, based on pictures and reactions to them on a Facebook page that shall remain nameless, Spandex bicycle wear seems to get the most positive reactions--even from tired female pilgrims.
I keep coming across comments that a kilt attracts women's attention but I can't remember reading a comment by a man who wore a kilt that that was the case. :confused: Is the wearing of a kilt a secret that those men want to keep to themselves?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Northern Way (2017)
#32
Hi all; I have a clothing question. A while back a hiking buddy of mine told me that my hiking shirts were old fashioned. I had to admit he was right. I tend to wear a ubiquitous checkered shirt from places like Eddie Bauer or REI, either synthetic or a cotton/ synthetic blend. I was looking at some El Camino youtubes and I didn't see very many guys wearing that kind of shirt. I don't want to be a total fossil on the El Camino, so I though a light colored somewhat baggy caftan-like shirt might be better. Any suggestions.

You know, its true, if you search you tube for el camino you won't find too many plaid shirts from REI. I did see one. But I am not sure that YouTube would be your best guide.

Were you thinking full length caftan? It would be comfy in the hot weather!
 

MichaelC

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
August 2017: Le Puy to Santiago
July 2019: Cammino di Assisi (La Verna to Assisi)
#33
The cool kids here are all dressing like Cristiano Ronaldo - black or white tights, gym shorts, and athletic shirts. Add a man bun and no one will ever call you a fossil again!

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Jersey

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July 2017
#34
I keep coming across comments that a kilt attracts women's attention but I can't remember reading a comment by a man who wore a kilt that that was the case. :confused: Is the wearing of a kilt a secret that those men want to keep to themselves?
Somewhere around 1.5 million women watch the TV show Outlander on the STARZ channel.
25 million Outlander books have been sold.
So yes, I think those guys wearing kilts are keeping it a secret lol
 

Jersey

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
July 2017
#35
if the weather's right, blazer and collared shirt is in order

no need to startle the locals with everest base camp hiking gear

and,

even if you cannot smell it, it may smell... hygiene! (please)
If you are interested in impressing the women on the Camino, based on pictures and reactions to them on a Facebook page that shall remain nameless, Spandex bicycle wear seems to get the most positive reactions--even from tired female pilgrims.
I'm treating myself to bringing a pair of jeans to wear out at night.
Right now my bag weighs 16 pounds ( 7 kg )
 

CaminoDebrita

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#36
I'm treating myself to bringing a pair of jeans to wear out at night.
Right now my bag weighs 16 pounds ( 7 kg )
Hey, you look great, and jeans are just awesome. I think you should do what makes you happy.
 

CaminoDebrita

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#38
Thanks. Figure as long as I keep my bag under 10% of my body weight I'm OK. Right?
Ha ha, sure!

And I'm carrying 12 pounds....
 

Jersey

Active Member
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July 2017
#39
Ha ha, sure!

And I'm carrying 12 pounds....
I give so much credit to women. It's gotta be tougher.
70% of the things a man has to carry are the same weight as what a women has to carry. I'm 6'2, 200 pounds and would never want to carry 20 pounds.
 

Lance Chambers

Lance Chambers
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria (2015) SJPdP (2016) Burgos (2017) SJPdP (2018)
#40
For hot days I have a very old long sleeved dull grey shirt I bought in India for about $1:00. The long sleeves are to stop sunburn on my arms. On cooler days I have a choice of one of two beat up old short sleeved t-shirts. For trousers, I have one pair of long blue jeans or a choice of two pairs of shorts - one very faded and the other which still has a bit of solid black on it for formal occasions. I have a baseball cap to which I can attach a flap at the back to keep the sun off my neck - the cap is horribly stained by long-term perspiration developed on the Meseta but no one seems to care very much.

All good!
 

Jersey

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
July 2017
#42
@Jersey -- I'm 5'7" one hundred and plenty, and carry about 18 pounds. I am a very large strong woman, however, and am in no way challenged ; )
Yes but you have experience over me on the Camino.
You are much more aware of what your limits are.
I would love to carry a few more shirts but I'm trying to be cautious.
If I see I'm having no problem you will find me at the t-shirt shop lol
 
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Pamplona to Longrono 2012
Sarria to Santiago 2018
#44
I keep coming across comments that a kilt attracts women's attention but I can't remember reading a comment by a man who wore a kilt that that was the case. :confused: Is the wearing of a kilt a secret that those men want to keep to themselves?
I don't wear a kilt but I sometimes don my older sister's pleated skirt from her Catholic school days.
 
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SJPDP to Pamplona 2011
Pamplona to Longrono 2012
Sarria to Santiago 2018
#45
The cool kids here are all dressing like Cristiano Ronaldo - black or white tights, gym shorts, and athletic shirts. Add a man bun and no one will ever call you a fossil again!

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I have two man buns that follow me around and I ain't about to show them to anyone.
 
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Camino de Frances (2014)
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#48
Hi all; I have a clothing question. A while back a hiking buddy of mine told me that my hiking shirts were old fashioned. I had to admit he was right. I tend to wear a ubiquitous checkered shirt from places like Eddie Bauer or REI, either synthetic or a cotton/ synthetic blend. I was looking at some El Camino youtubes and I didn't see very many guys wearing that kind of shirt. I don't want to be a total fossil on the El Camino, so I though a light colored somewhat baggy caftan-like shirt might be better. Any suggestions.



Oh, dear...my mother taught me to say nothing if I couldn't be kind...Just the same, do try to have a good camino.
 

Telelama

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#52
I keep coming across comments that a kilt attracts women's attention but I can't remember reading a comment by a man who wore a kilt that that was the case. :confused: Is the wearing of a kilt a secret that those men want to keep to themselves?
I looked for some time for a nice men's hiking kilt. I only found some carpenter's work kilts. Bad*ss, but far too heavy for long hiking. I think it would comfortable and if you're going to do it, the Camino is the place. No one is going to judge.
 

Houlet

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2014
Via de la Plata 2015
Camino Sanabres 2015
Camino Norde 2017
#55
I'm a guy who has started a few male fashions in my time, I walked around with my shirt tail out years before it was fashionable, Grunge has always been my style, and the unshaven stubbled look is still my trademark. Smart casual for me is a t-shirt without canteen medals and shorts without paint stains.

Of course on the camino I'm not as well dressed as that.
 

Angie94

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Camino Frances - 2016 www.angie-carter.com/camino
https://youtu.be/PtE_hvREZc4
#56
it is true, no one really cares what you wear. I heard that before I left but then I really understood it when I was there and walking. No one cares at all. Then pretty soon I didn't care - even pitched some of my make up. Didn't need it. I have always been partial to long sleeve flannel type shirts. So I took my lightweight cotton long sleeve shirt. Most gals I met had sports shirts or those types of shirts...but it didn't matter. I was comfortable with my mine. Although I am glad it wasn't too rainy all the time because it didn't dry out very quick. Poor choice in that regard, but if I had to do it over, I'd still take it! :)
 

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WGroleau

Wandering Weirdo
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#57
I give so much credit to women. It's gotta be tougher.
70% of the things a man has to carry are the same weight as what a women has to carry. I'm 6'2, 200 pounds and would never want to carry 20 pounds.
?!? I'm 62 years old, 1.78 m, 84 kg, and I have had more than twenty kilos on my back. But it was not fun!!
 
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#58
The best item of clothing that I took with me was a super-wool T-shirt. It dries quickly and smells better than synthetic equivalents. A lot of people here say that they don't care how you dress. But I wonder what they would say if you asked them whether they care how you smell.
 
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