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Not so perfect fit

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I received mine from SAC a couple days ago. I'm not sure if I'm going to keep it so I'll give my initial impression. I'm 5'9, 155lbs and the Medium is really, really tight around the back and arm pits with a t-shirt on when I reach forward. Otherwise the sleeve length and back length is perfect. I was curious to see how I sized up and I measured a 39" chest so the medium is supposed to be the money shot. If I stand straight with my arms hanging down it seems perfect. If i put my arms in front of me or reach for anything it immediately gets really tight and restricts my motion. I see it being a pain every time I'll have to dig through my pack, fix my skis/boots/skins, make lunch, belay or anything that requires me to have my arms in front of me.

I put it on a few times and a thread pulled inside one sleeve so 2 quilts have now become 1. Not a big deal if it only happens once but obviously as a first impression it makes me question the quality.

It doesn't seem very warm. I've had a thick down jacket for years that I rarely wear because I naturally stay very warm. Putting it on over a tshirt, it doesn't seem any warmer than a thin wool sweater that I compared it to. I bought this mainly for ski touring as something to throw on when I'm not moving but I feel like it'll be a waste of money even at $100 I paid for it. I'm going to return it or sell it for what I paid for it to someone local.
What's all the down sweater hype about?

Responded on

I popped into MEC (Canadian equivalent of REI) to compare some jackets. The Mtn Hardware Medium felt equivalent of Patagonia and MEC brand Small for the down sweater/jackets. Nitrous jacket ran small. Patagonia Down Sweater seemed the best; better fit and more loft than the nitrous.

Responded on

Weird... I'm 6ft, 180lbs, and I wear a size 40 in suits (in most brands). The medium size fits me perfect, the small isn't able to zip up and the large has so much room I'd get a draft. The medium can even accommodate a 100wt fleece underneath, without restricting movement. BTW, the jacket rocks!