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I am 5'8 and 135 pounds. Should I get a...

I am 5'8 and 135 pounds. Should I get a small or medium?

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This probably comes a little late for Nick, but for anyone else fitting his description, I would recommend a small. FWIW, I'm 5'8" (173cm) and 145 pounds (66 kg), slim build. I have an older (6-7 yrs.) Monkey Man in Medium that sits right at the belt, with sleeves just long enough that they don't ride up when I raise my arms overhead. MH have changed the cut slightly, and I chose a current Small to replace it. It fits much closer, as expected, with the same, if not slightly longer sleeve to give me the same coverage when raising my arms,despite the fact that it fits snugly around my chest and under my armpits. Also, I personally find it has just a little more torso coverage than that older Medium, which, together with the snugger fit of the Small, means no drafts at the waist. As a mid-layer, I like that it doesn't jut out from underneath any of my jackets, including a fairly short-waisted motorcycle jacket. Toasty warm under a shell, but super breathable to allow you to quickly dump excess heat.