Originally Posted by Nikoras
Hey y'all, I hear some of you think the fossilized bird is the word and I'm inclined to agree based off of my experience with the Atom LT
I'm looking at shells now and have a bit of a dilemma. I love the fit of my atom LT which is a large, however everyone is recommending a medium for shells for someone around my height and weight. 5'9 175, kinda stocky. Can anyone comment on how they fit? Should I go with med as conventional wisdom or should I size up to a large based on my experience with my current piece of arc gear. I'm currently looking at the Rush.
If you are a large in the Atom LT get a large Rush! Like said fit changes for different models but I don't agree when people say I'm a medium here, a large there. To me at least it's more like a it either fits me or not, sizing up or down will usually get you things like awfully long sleeves or tight shoulders, some models will fit you others won't!
The Rush is kinda on the small size for the ski expedition fit, not likely a climbing shell but definitely not much room for layering compared to say Sabre or SVX.
I tried all these jackets last year Rush, Sabre, SVX, Caden, they all fit different but I'm the same size on all of them, it's just a matter of how you like the jacket to fit you!
Rush more equal fit, similar to the Caden but not as long, thin hip vs thigh length, the rest is similar.
Sabre is the more relaxed fit, similar length to Caden, maybe in between caden and rush.
SVX the longer of all the above, more space for layering compared to Rush and Caden. Not as relaxed as the Sabre but longer and higher collar and bigger hood.
My preference is 1) SVX, 2) Rush 3) Caden 4) Sabre