Daisywrote a review of The North Face Fuse Brigandine Jacket - Women's on January 20, 2019
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
I was grateful to receive this jacket for Christmas. When tried it on I was initially worried about how it fit me. I usually buy my jackets in mediums and according to the size guide that seemed like that would be the right way to go.
When I first tried it on felt snug by my armpits, even without any layers underneath. I was very close to returning it in exchange for a large. However, when I put some layers on underneath for some reason it felt a bit better and I decided to just full send and keep it.
I took it on my winter break ski trips to Ski Santa Fe, Taos Ski Valley, and Jackson Hole, where I put it through the wringer.
After just two days of skiing in it, I felt the rigid Gore-Tex relax a little bit and It fit perfectly.
I think that I could have gotten a size large and it would have been a bit more relaxed initially, and I would not have been so hesitant about returning it, but overall it was a great buy and I am really glad I have it.