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How loose are ski jackets supposed to fit?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

This is my first post here, so bear with me. But I haven't been skiing in a few years and I've outgrown all of my clothing. So I bought an oakley shell deals jacket a few days ago and it just got here today. The first thing i noticed about it when i put it on is how long and baggy it is. It fits in the sleeves well and it doesn't limit my movement in any way but it's just pretty big by my standards. I am wondering how big most jackets are and if it is fashionable now a days to wear large jackets. About a year ago i tried snowboarding just to mix it up, and i decided i like skiing a lot more. But while i was there i noticed a lot of people wore different lengths of jackets, at I saw one kid wearing one that literally went down to his ankles, no offense to him, but it looked pretty stupid. My jacket goes to about the middle of my thigh and i am not to familiar with skiing culture. I know that what you wear can tell alot about you, but i don't want a bad image or to look silly because of how large it is. So, how loose are ski jackets supposed to fit? On a technical and fashionable level.

 

post #2 of 12
Depends on how much layering you do. A lot of people on here have just shells, and layer accordingly. Too baggy restricts movement.
post #3 of 12

From a technical standpoint, what matters is that it doesn't restrict movement (either because it's too big or too small), gives room for as much layering as you plan on doing, doesn't get in the way of any other gear you're carrying (pack, avalung, etc.) and you're happy with the weight (bigger=heavier).  From an aesthetic standpoint, it depends on you, your age, your peers (i.e. who you'll be hanging with on the slopes), your personal style, etc. - there is no universal right or wrong.

post #4 of 12

for fun you could look at all the ski magazines and films. it would show the culture and fashion. as an indication, the most expensive and outstanding jackets that under 24's wear are oversize.

 

too big may be just right for fashion, but an oversize jacket can not hold heat efficiently, if you expect it to provide some extreme weather protection consider that.

post #5 of 12

I would recommend buying a shell and then layering. 

 

I bought my first "nice" ski coat this winter, and the thing is too damn warm.  Unless it is <20 degrees, I need to open both vents and wear a cotton t-shirt to stay a reasonable temperature.

 

 

But to answer your question, you should have good range-of-motion in your arms.  Be able to squat down, move arms together and apart without too much pulling, be able to twists shoulders/rotate torso, etc.

post #6 of 12

If you look like a park rat, you went too big....

post #7 of 12

I pretty much wear a Large in most brands (Arcteryx, OR, Marmot, TNF, Mt HW, etc) and prefer more of an "athletic" or "technical" (i.e. slim) fit.  However, a few years ago I got my son (then 11) an Oakley jacket.  It is a Men's Small and it fits me almost perfectly.  It's a bit restricted in the shoulders but would work in a pinch.  Long story short, Oakley's (and most brands targeted to a younger demographic) seem to run quite large. 

 

All that said, the Oakley is a great jacket.  He just outgrew it and he's now in a DNA Men's Medium, which also fits me nicely :-)  Best to try before you buy with soft goods unless you know what you're getting into.

post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by elduderino View Post

I pretty much wear a Large in most brands (Arcteryx, OR, Marmot, TNF, Mt HW, etc) and prefer more of an "athletic" or "technical" (i.e. slim) fit.  However, a few years ago I got my son (then 11) an Oakley jacket.  It is a Men's Small and it fits me almost perfectly.  It's a bit restricted in the shoulders but would work in a pinch.  Long story short, Oakley's (and most brands targeted to a younger demographic) seem to run quite large. 

 

All that said, the Oakley is a great jacket.  He just outgrew it and he's now in a DNA Men's Medium, which also fits me nicely :-)  Best to try before you buy with soft goods unless you know what you're getting into.



Oh, in my experience Oakley is made for skinny long-torsoed people with small shoulders.

post #9 of 12

On a fashion level, we're talking about skiing are we not?   

 

Just like golf apparel, anything goes.  You can wear whatever you want, as long as you it improves your confidence, and you have the skills to back it up.  Throwback 70s or 80s styles are fine (even if it isn't a costume theme day).  

But if you're intending to wear the same jacket off the slopes then yea, maybe you should pay at least a little bit to style.  


So my advice is wear whatever is most comfortable to you, don't worry so much about others.

post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Vitamin Ski View Post



Oh, in my experience Oakley is made for skinny long-torsoed people with small shoulders.


Not in the case of the Oakley "Tactic" jacket.

 

post #11 of 12

I'm using a Columbia shell I picked up on sale for $40. It cuts the wind, sheds snow and rain, and looks just fine (since I took off the price tag). It's good for any temp, depending on inner layers. I'm frugal, but comfortable. I'm 5-11, 190, with rather long arms. The Columbia is a perfect fit in XL, with room for layering but no excessive bagginess.

post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 

I am just getting the same jacket but in a size lower, I would imagine that doing this would take of maybe 2 inches in length and overall bagginess to give more of an athletic fit. But if anyone has any recommendations for quality shells under $165 let me know about them!

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