I have a model from a year or two ago. Does anyone know if the Rx adapter works with older years' models?
What is the difference between the regular one and the "heavy duty" one?
I originally had the large (I can go Med or Large usually), but they were too small. I put up with it because the velcro fastener and belt let me get away with it, but I felt a little restricted. There was also a little blemish in the fabric, so I returned them. I ended up trying on the XL, and the outers fit better, but I thought the L chamois fit me better (I liked the slimmer fit of the L, but the XL chamois fits exactly the same as a L from Sugoi--maybe that's how they are supposed to fit?).
I also noticed a little funny thing that probably doesn't matter: In my first pair, you were able to remove the chamois via a couple of snap connections. I liked this because I like to wash them separately. As a point of reference, my Sugois are connected permanently, and I can't disconnect them. Otherwise the shorts would fall off my arse, as the liner short is the only thing keeping them up (no belt or belt loops or anything).
My second pair didn't even have the connection. I don't think that I would ever even connect it. The liner shorts are tight enough, and the outers have a belt. Why would I need to? It would be an extra unnecessary step when I go to wash them.
So, to sum up: Buy a size larger than you need (I wear 32-34 usually, and I had to go XL--Keep that in mind). There are a ton of pockets. These pockets are, for the most part, double closed (zippers and velcro). They have held up for a couple of rides and crashes--the fabric is pretty durable. The stitching is nice too. I don't ride with an mp3 player, and I don't know if I would want to have mine on my hip when I was riding. Sounds like a bad idea. Just sayin.
I have to say that they are my new favorites (mostly 'cause I don't have to have the liners in all the time), but finding the right size was a little bit of a chore.
Buy this one...buy any one. Get a beacon...I have a different model (M2), but if you are one of those people that don't beep when you go by the sign, you are not only hurting yourself, but you are hindering the safety of others! Oh, and spend some time in the beacon park with said beacon and the probe that you got from this site too...and a shovel wouldn't hurt. Ski safe and know what you are doing!
How do these compare to last year's BC stoic's in size? I usually wear a large (6'0", 185), but I got a XL in the BC stoic (I couldn't move my arms in the large). Mostly cause I am getting this as a gift for my dad (5'7", 145). He usually wears medium in most things--I'm concerned he may have the same wide shoulder issue (nearly the same jacket size, definitely in better shape than me, ha ha).