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For thick people

I picked up a few of these to give as gifts, and the cut on the 2011 down sweater is unbelievably generous. I am a true medium, 40 inch chest with 32-33 inch waist, and the medium fits like a large. I don't think this class of clothing is designed as an overcoat/belay coat but the cut of the torso sure seems designed so. Patagonia must be trying to move to cater to mainstream obese Americans rather than to the active outdoorsman or climber. It fits like a straight box. If you have some excess flab in the belly, this jacket is for you.

This jacket has about half as much thickness and loft as my Montane Nitro down jacket for only 2 ounces less in weight.

I would not purchase it again. I vastly prefer my Montbell Alpine light (much more loft due to fewer baffles) and a much better fit. Also, the two ounce penalty on my Montane Nitro is more than made up for the vastly improved insulation. (And Montane fits trim people much better)