Definitely get a size down, everyone is right in that respect. I wear XL in Burton and bought a large in this one. Wind blockage... not so much. I feel like the wind cuts into this baby on a windy day. I own a couple of jackets (one being the Burton AK Stagger) and this one does not hold up the same in the wind. Otherwise a pretty dope jacket. The fur is actual quality unlike my friends Volcom jacket that looks like a dead rat was wrapped around the hood. Venting is awesome, has kind of a cross venting in the arms and back. However, your friends may have to zip up the back vent if you unzip it too far... it is hard to reach while wearing. The black is rather faded. I am still not convinced it isn't just a dark brown. Other than that... no real complaints.