Hi, I'm Rebecca Dawson, the owner of Vampire Outdoors.
Rebecca at the trig pillar on Win Hill in the Peak District
I started hiking around 10 years ago with my local young Ramblers group in Hertfordshire. Over the years I've steadily increased my fitness and confidence and got interested in long distance hiking and walking ultramarathons. I love camping holidays and over the past year or so I have discovered the joys of wild camping!
I've been a UK size 16-18 throughout this time and always struggled to find clothing that fit my hourglass body shape. For many years I wore cycling leggings and joggers because no 'proper' walking trousers fit me and I had to put up with poorly-fitting men's waterproofs.
Vampire Outdoors hasn't always sold plus size clothing and equipment, but in the summer of 2022 I heard that US manufacturer Outdoor Research wanted to bring their new plus size range to the UK but they couldn't find any retailers. I knew this was something I had to stock!
Rebecca wild camping on Kinder plateau in the Peak District
As well as a range of lightweight camping and hiking gear for everyone, Vampire Outdoors is now a specialist supplier of plus size clothing and equipment. Currently we just stock women's plus size clothing, but I hope to expand this over time. Our plus size backpacks are available for both men and women.
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