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Steve P.

Steve P.

Steve P.

Steve P.wrote a question about on November 29, 2012

Need help desperately on sizing as I have an order pending and don't want to have to order and return as I live in Canada and the logistics are a bit pricier.

I am 6'2" tall and 240 lbs with a 48" chest. My weight has normally been about 210-215 but my chest size would remain at 48" or even 49" as even when I'm lighter my chest and shoulders are larger due to weight training - my recent weight gain occurred after an inactive period in my life rehabilitating after a car accident and is mainly in the belly. I plan to get rid of it soon and it is mainly the fit through my chest and shoulders that I'm concerned with - a little tightness in the belly area can be tolerated in the shorter term.

What size would allow for layering a puffy (Stoic Down Cardigan or North Face Redpoint Optimus or even Mt. Hardwear Sub Zero down) under the shell - after all it is a shell.

The sizing charts have changed in that it says that I should now order an XXL but the chart on the site a week ago as well as some former reviews state that an XL should be best.

Anybody with some info that could be helpful would be extremely appreciated.

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Steve P.

Steve P.wrote a question about on December 17, 2008

"D" - I too was hoping to pick up a previous model Shift. Your review is fairly recent so I was wondering if your review of the Shift "Element" also applies to the Carrot/Carbon colours of the "Shift" athttp://www.backcountry.com/store/BCC0164/Backcountry-Shift-Softshell-Jacket-Mens.htmlThis item description claims to have the interior MP3 security pocket and wrist stash but the photos don't support these claims. If the wrist stash is there but less obvious than on the prior Good "Shift" model then this jacket is not the Shift "Element" that you've reviewed and might be an OK jacket if Backcountry comes out with some decent colours in the future. Black, Abyss, Sangria Red, Eclipse/Indigo Blue, some sort of darker (non-crappy) green? Any variations on primary colours are always nice - despite what any fashion school victim might say.

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