Our Studio

Nadia Burton, CEO & Lead Designer

Nadia Burton was raised in the mountains of Colorado surrounded by art, soccer and skiing. After playing collegiate soccer at CU-Boulder she went on to ski professionally-both in park and big mountain- throughout her twenties based out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Her experience in the ski industry spans from athlete to cat ski guide to helping run base operations for heli ski operations in Alaska. Nadia has been designing, sewing and manufacturing goods since 2013 and runs her business splitting her time between Laramie, Wyoming and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Watch Nadia skiing Alaska.

Josh Burton, Co-Owner/Designer

Popping out of the womb wearing a PFD, Josh Burton was born and raised on the river. Both parents were raft guides based on the Nantahala River in Western North Carolina where Josh learned every water sport available and too has become a renowned river guide around the country. Josh takes on much of the Big Hollow and WhatVest marketing and social media tasks as well as manages the design of gear and apparel.

Erin Maloney, Master Seamstress

Erin Maloney is originally from Wisconsin, but fell in love with the Rocky Mountains. She now calls Laramie home where she has been sewing and designing outdoor clothing and gear for over 9 years. She enjoys trail running, camping, hiking, cross country skiing, and long walks on the beach. She frequently travels to Mexico and loves to go on adventures with her Chihuahua mix Skippy.

Christina Garner, Production Assistant

Christina is Wyoming native, originally from Casper. Growing up, she loved art and design, eventually going to college at the University of Northern Colorado for Theatre Design and Technology. She spent most of her time in college focusing on scenic design and carpentry, though she did dabble a little in costuming. Expanding and working on her sewing skills at Big Hollow Designs has been a truly wonderful experience! When not at work, Christina enjoys getting outside whether that means hiking, biking, kayaking, or just reading a book in a hammock. 

Our Story


Sizing Charts

WhatVest Sizing Chart:

Please remember you will be wearing layers under your WhatVest. If you are on the cusp in sizing we recommend sizing UP! 

2022 Adult WhatVest Sizing Chart:



Extra Small 4'9" - 5'5" / 90lbs - 145lbs

5'4" - 5'9" /  120lbs - 180lbs


5'9" - 6'2"  /  160lbs - 220lbs

Grom WhatVest Sizing Chart (Kids):

Small (6-8) 40"-50" / 45-60lbs 
Medium (10-12) " - 58" / 


Custom WhatVest Sizing Chart:

Extra Small 4'9" - 5'5" / 90lbs - 130lbs
Small 5'4" - 5'7" / 120lbs - 150lbs
Medium 5'7" - 5'10" / 140lbs - 170lbs
Large 5'10" - 6'2" / 170lbs - 200lbs
Extra Large 6' - 6'4" / 200lbs - 240lbs
Extra Extra Large Tall 6'4" - 6'8" / 240lbs - 325lbs

WhatVest Care Instructions: