I'm on the fence about which size I'm keeping. The XS is slim and the waist curves in really nicely. The chest is slightly snug, though, and my boobs squish down. I'm a 32" bust. Not considered large at all. The small, however, is baggier everywhere else and it fits much less flattering as a result. It's boxier for sure but there's more breathing room in the chest. This info might help someone who is borderline XS/S and is pretty curvy. Thankfully, with Backcountry's return policy I can decide carefully without making a snap decision being pressured to get it back within 30 days.
Thought this would be "the one." I ordered the Kodiak Blue. I looked like a trash bag! It was the first thing out of my mouth when I looked in the mirror. It's very dark and shiny like a lawn and leaf bag. The elastic wrist cuffs are big and baggy, like the elastic has worn out. The sleeves just dangle. This is going back for sure
I wanted a regular 'ol sweat jacket. Here it is. I am 5 feet tall and I bought this girls jacket thinking it would fall at the waist like a cropped sweatshirt. It did. Love it. I know I will wear this all over town for errand running on weekends and other super low-key, casual, slop-around activities. I might even order a second one and put it away so I'll have another when this one wears out.
Really like this fleece. Quality is super good. Extremely warm. Sleeves are slim, though. I can't wear this over a thick sweater; just something thin. But that's fine. One big beef: the sleeves are tooooo long! I bought the small and my arms are proportionate to my height/size. The sleeves bunch up like the Michelin tire man. They're truly about 6" too long. My hands would have to be at my mid-thighs for these sleeves to make sense. But this jacket is worth altering because it's the best fleece I've worn. Only other issue: I thought I was buying some great Norwegian brand of gear and it's made in China. Felt a little misled.
My husband wore this in Colorado in 5 degree weather with a baselayer. He said it was incredibly warm and when it got warmer (30 degrees) it was almost too warm cuz he built up a sweat just walking around. He's stoked about using it to wear to football games when the weather's frigid. Then he doesn't have to carry piles of clothes with him.
I love, love this little fleece and wanted to rationalize keeping it. But the soft pile is sparse and looked like it would wear away after only a few wearings and washings. I wasn't willing to risk it since it's expensive. I ordered another thinking it might've been a defect, but same story. The trim around the bottom of the jacket also puckered... guess where...right at the top of my butt. Not flattering.
I couldn't keep it. I'm 5'0" and 120 and ordered the Small. I'm curvy and it was very baggy at the armholes even when I tried it on with a heavy fleece underneath. I need my vests to be snug and there was no hope. I even put it over a lightweight down sweater and the armholes were still huge. They don't stock XS or I'd have tried another.
This was not a soft wool. I wanted to love this because the design with the arm stripe is a neat detail. The grey with yellow stripe is like a soft heather. Very pretty. But it was just too scratchy.
This is a great layer and crew. I wear it over a thin black silk funnel neck and I am amazingly toasty and it looks good too. I'm 5 feet and 115 lbs. and I ordered an XS and an S. The XS was insanely tight and I like my clothes snug. The S is a flattering fit. The yellow is like a deep sun color, not blinding yellow. Not all Ibex are made in the USA, though; this is made in Canada. That's still okay by me.
My husband wore this skiing in Colorado for 4 days. He loves it and another Ibex short-sleeve woolie. He said it was the perfect layer and the orange color was hot. He is a sweathog, and he did say it smelled a little bit. But he still prefers it over synthetic, plastic clothes and is willing to rinse the shirt for another day of wear. Great, great shirt.
My husband wore this out in Colorado last week. He said he wore it everywhere and it rocks. Base layer on the slopes and out at night. He did comment that it does smell a little if you're sweaty. But he rinsed the armpits and it wore well.
What is the length of this? I am short waisted with big hips so vests come down too long on me and then consequently, their too snug on my hips. I need a vest that's about 22"-23" long. No more.
It's made of merino wool but lined with "WindStopper" lining. Not sure what WindStopper lining is. Is it soft? I love wool hats, but they're scratchy so I always end up with cheap polyester stuff. Really prefer something that's mostly natural fibers.
Really great fleece for knocking around in and hanging around the house. I bought it to do field study work and I'm super pleased. The arms are loose and I can move in it, but it doesn't look manly. It was too long on me because I'm petite in height (5' 0"), but I still have women's curves so the length was long on the hips and squeezed a little on my hips since it should've been sitting higher up on me. I had it cut off at a tailer to be more cropped and it's awesome! Even if I hadn't had it altered, I'd still be keeping it. I'm going to buy it in red. I bought the camel color.
This is a great jacket for someone about 5' 2" or taller. It misses the mark for a person measuring 5' 0". It's a hair too long as a result and it makes for an uncomfortable fit because the waist curves in too low and it sits too low on the hips.
It would be great if BackCountry could provide jacket lengths. It's pretty crucial. If you're petite in height, to have the info on jacket length would spare the time and shipping costs in ordering something that will clearly not be right.
Someone who is short, but who still has a woman's curves would be better off buying a children's large.
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