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Ive got a couple new model to old model...

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Ive got a couple new model to old model comparative questions. Does this newer incarnation have the same shinny material as last years? And does the newer model have the same tight fit as last years? Im not a big guy by any means (5'9 150), but I had to return last years medium because it was skin tight and short at the waist.
Thanks in advance.

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JRice. In '10 we used the same 15D Ripstop that we've used since the jacket existed in our line. It's the same fabric used in the Phantom Sleeping bags and was a little shiny. For '11, we are using a slightly different ripstop called Sensor Ripstop. It's a 100% Polyester Ripstop that combines 20 by 30 denier threads woven together in to a very soft, fine, and ultralight Ripstop weighing only 1 oz. per yard of fabric! It's down proof by construction and has an durable DWR to keep the weather out.
As for the fit, the fit has been tweaked a little and I don't think you'll find it to be as tight fitting as before. Just about all of our patterns for the coming season have been digitized through out our line which is absolutely HUGE! This will greatly improve the tweaks we are able to do during production in order to get fit as perfect as possible. I have your same dimensions (5'9" and about 150) and I wear a medium for sure.
An additional update that I really appreciate is the fact that we moved to zip pockets instead of the flap pockets for the main hand pockets we had on last years jacket. Zip pockets look better and are simply more functional.

With the fabric, fit, and pocket updates I feel like this is one of the nicest down sweaters on the market today. Enjoy!!