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Select medium if you're a LARGE
on January 26, 2013
I'm glad I went by another reviewer's suggestion to buy the medium size as fit was important for me. I did not want it too loose. I'm a round tummied old guy. And I'm not much of a clothes shopper so don't know how typical shirt or jacket sizing numbers work.. To give you a true idea sizing I just got my carpenter's tape measure out and wrapped just above my belly button. Sheesh ... and I don't even drink beer ... anyway it measured 38" With a t-shirt and light long sleeved flannel shirt worn under it I can just slip my fingertips between the vest and my bulge. I figure there's just enough room left for a good dinner!
The collar was another important buying point for me. I just sent a wonderful and expensive down vest off to the Goodwill because I could not stand it's tall fluffed-up collar constantly rubbing my neck. This new vest is to replace a tattered old Eddie Bauer bought probably in the '70's. It was one I'd given my Dad. I wore mine like it out years ago. Anyway these old Bauers have a GREAT crew collar which lays flat and out of the way for anything worn under or over it. It doesn't stand-up and irritate my neck.
The collar on this Key vest from the picture looked like it'd be the same, but it wasn't. It raised up enough to irritate my neck. Solution was to take some black thread and a needle and fold it back on itself and sew it down. Took me about 45 minutes to run 3/8" in/out stitches all the way around.
The quality of manufacture seems poor to me as all around the inner seams flecks of the white liner peek out. Minor point for me but thought I'd mention it.
For the price I think it's a fair deal and hope it's the last vest I'm gonna have to buy .