I am 5'10", 220lbs. Not exactly athletic...
I am 5'10", 220lbs. Not exactly athletic build, but I am wondering if I need an XL or not. I'd hate to buy a Large and return it because its too tight. Can anyone give me helpful info?
Go with XL, it'll leave you room to put on some layers underneath.
Took your advice and went with an XL. Glad I did. I can wear a fleece jacket or a couple of thin layers, such as a wicking shirt, and the jacket is not uncomfortably tight. This is probably my favorite piece of outerwear that I own. So glad I got it.
I bought this about a month ago and I love it. I'm glad I ordered a size up (Im somewhat 'thick'). If you keep moving, this will keep you warm. I carry it on dayhikes constantly, but because it's so thin, be careful if you're going somewhere you may have to go through thick brush with thorns or briars. I got it snagged several times on small thorns and I thought it put a hole in it. No tear was detected, but I won't do that again. I'll wear a thicker shell next time. I wore a Columbia longsleeve wicking shirt under a Columbia short sleeve wicking shirt, and had this over it, and I was warmly hiking in low 40F degree temps. For bike rides, hiking, running...it's great. Best piece of outdoor gear I own, because it performs well, very very lightweight and versatile.