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Any size recommendations for 5'6" 38ish...

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Any size recommendations for 5'6" 38ish chest, ~140 pounds? I'm thinking small, but I wish they gave size range for the chest, rather than just a single number.

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your going to want to go with the medium on this jacket. The size chart indicates an exact measurement. Sleeve length is an inch difference between small and medium and the length should only be an inch difference as well. I will double check the exact torso lengths and update this post.

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I'm most concerned with the chest measurement. You think that being a 38 bumps me up to a medium, which I might be swimming in otherwise? Like I said, I wear a small for about 90% of my gear. And this seems like a generously cut garment, not slim fit.

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if you have a 38 inch chest, the small will be tight on you in the chest area. You might look at something from mountain hardware like MHW2270 or Millet like mil0244 which are both cut for a 38 in chest in the small.

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So, one clarification on size chart, Geoff. The sizing chart is the person's measurements or the jackets? I'm almost certain it is the person and not the jacket, right?

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you are correct, it is the body measurement. The easiest way to think about it is like this, Size Small is cut for a person with a 36-37 in chest, Medium=38-40 in chest, large=41-43 in chest and XL=44-46 in chest.

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For anyone wondering, I was able to try a small and a medium. The small is a bit too snug in the chest, even with not much on underneath. I would say RAB runs a bit smaller than Patagonia and the ranges that Geoff gave above are fairly accurate. I'm definitely in between sizes here, but for this kind of jacket would size up for this brand if you are in a similar situation.

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I would add to what emailsfh wrote. On paper I was an dead on XL, but when I tried that size on, I felt pretty constricted in the chest and also the shoulders and across the upper back with just a few layers on underneath. Now I am definitely bigger in the shoulders than average so that played a part, but I agree that you need to think size up first with this jacket.