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Jacket Fit...A little small or a little big

post #1 of 9
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For those of you who, like me, always seem to be in between sizes, do you prefer your jackets a little big or a little small?

 

In the sizing chart for the jacket I'm looking at (Marmot Mantra), with my chest/arms/waist/neck measurements some fall into the range of M and some in the range of L, though all are right on the border of M/L.

 

I found some in-store to try on, and as expected the M feels ever so slightly snug while the L feels a little big.  I would say the M feels "closer" to the proper fit, but I worry that much layering would basically be out of the question with it (it's also a little less comfortable in the armpit area) whereas I worry that the L wouldn't trap heat well enough on the days where I didn't want to layer.

 

Anyone else have these in-between decisions and elect to go one way or the other?  What is the "proper" fit when you're right in between two sizes?


Edited by Vcize - 2/4/13 at 1:46pm
post #2 of 9

When in doubt, I always go a size larger. More room for layering inside and more room to move arms and waist without constrictions. I have long arms and going up a size when I cant find a tall size also lets me stretch my arms all the way out without exposing my wrists.

But the big thing is layering. You can always put more clothes on when its too cold out, but if your jacket isnt big enough, forget about it
 

post #3 of 9

I can't count the number of times I have bought something thinking "it's a bit on the small size but I'm sure it will work." It never works. Buy the bigger or look for a different style that fits perfect.
 

post #4 of 9

go for the larger size! There is nothing worse than affected mobility because of clothes that are too snug on your body! A little on the baggy side, sleeves a little too long... won't cause much problem for you, the other way around is a completely different case! 

post #5 of 9

I am always in between L and XL. In outerwear I don't think you can really go wrong sizing up.

 

You could probably make do with the smaller of the two, but when you're spending a couple/few hundred on a jacket, you don't want to "make do". You want to love what you bought.

 

Bigger=more room for layers, not constrictive, etc

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone.  I'll go for the Large, based on feedback.

 

The jacket is a Marmot Mantra, btw, so I don't expect to be layering it often.  Still, it's nice to have the option.

post #7 of 9

I sort of depends.  Quote a bit of the stuff being made in the past couple of years is actually bigger than what the sizing charts say it should be.  The only way to know for sure is try it on and not just something similar by the same manufacturer, but the product you're interested in.  Either that or order from someplace with a good return policy.  But in your case, it looks like you really should get the larger size.  Being too snug in the armpit area means you won't really be able to layer and that snugness will likely hamper your mobility.  I would rather have sleeves that are made for a gorilla than a human when it comes to ski jackets.smile.gif

post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by Vcize View Post

 

Anyone else have these in-between decisions and elect to go one way or the other?  What is the "proper" fit when you're right in between two sizes?

 

I'm like you, between sizes. I was looking at an Arcteryx shell: M was perfect except too tight in the skirt and uncomfortable to sit in. The L was way big in the arms and shoulders, would have flapped around like a garbage bag and I would have been cold. So I bought a Marmot shell in L which fit perfectly with enough room to layer.  However my insulated jacket is Spyder M which is snug, but since it's insulated I don't wear anything thicker than a single base layer underneath down to 10*F. I can move my arms without lifting or binding (just barely) but I can't wear a mid layer (never need to). My point is: 1) try different brands, they all fit differently, and: 2) a "good fit" depends on how you will be using the jacket and how it works for you. The only way to figure that out is to trial it wearing your full kit. I notice that the Marmot Mantra is available at Zappos. Free shipping and free return shipping up to a year (in new condition). Zappos will price match. I would buy both sizes and wear them around the house for a few days trying on layers, return the one you don't want, or better still, buy another brand that fits better.

 

Another option: go custom fit. Never tried them, but read some positive reviews.

 

http://www.beyondclothing.com

post #9 of 9

I was looking at north face jackets but always had the same issue on all that i tried. 

 

Tight under the arms in a Medium & Large

 

Ended up with a Marmot in a Medium with no issues in the arms.

 

So fit really depends on the manufacturer in my experience.

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