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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 24, 2008

I think I will wait for some decent colors to come in. In the meantime though - how many pockets are on this jacket?The description in the tech specs claim "2 Hand, 1 interior chest, 1 interior security, 1 MP3, 1 wrist stash" which was for the previous year's Shift. The previous year's Shift had 3 exterior pockets (2 hand, 1 wrist) and 3 interior pockets (interior security, interior chest and interior mp3. What pockets does this jacket have - I can only see the 2 hand and 1 chest pocket. I think a review in the Shift Element page said that this jacket also had an interior mp3 pocket. Can anyone confirm? Does this model have the other two interior pockets (interior chest, and also the security pocket in the hand pocket area)

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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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Steve P.

Steve P.wrote a question about on December 16, 2008

I might be critical - but I'm sure other people interested in the jacket style that came in black and sangria red will be disappointed as well. First of all - the jacket description is exactly the same as for the previous jacket but the photos don't bear out the info (number of pockets/placement). Secondly - sizing info is important - surprisingly this is more detailed than for the previous Sangria colored jacket except where the neck size is omitted entirely. I am 6'2" and 220 lbs (regular lifting-developed chest and shoulders) - in a dress shirt I prefer the body size of a 17.5" neck size (almost custom fitting in chest and shoulders)but need to go up to an 18" neck to feel comfortable with a tie (but then the body is baggy in the stomach area). This jacket looks a little looser fitting from the previous Shift that I liked (sizing info) but lacks the neck sizing for me to make an informed choice if a more appealing color comes into stock. Colors; black, blue, red - where are they?

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Steve P.

Steve P.wrote a question about on December 15, 2008

Is this the new Shift that is replacing the one that came in Sangria Red? Please say No.Otherwise Backcountry has ruined the look of a very good looking jacket by using that dumb looking welded chest pocket. Also, I no longer see a wrist stash pocket and a pic of the interior security pocket would have been helpful. I was going to buy one of these and was waiting for replacement stock for Sangria Red in XL or XXL (or maybe midnight/indigo blue if it came out) but if this is it then - no way would I buy something this ugly. BC's purchasing agents must be color blind (carrot and carbon?!) Also, what are the neck sizes for backcountry sizing - this was important info and now it's gone from the sizing charts.

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