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A personal take on the negative reviews,
This review is from: Champion Men's Cap Sleeve Raglan Tee (Apparel)
Many reviews of this item complain about sizing differences, shrinking after washing, etc. Here's my experience :
Under the assumption that the complainers were right, I played it safe and ordered 3 XLs & 2 Ls, figuring i could use the Ls at home & XLs to play basketball (i like a looser fit when balling).
After 1 heavy-duty wash & 1.5hrs in a tumble dryer at high heat, there was hardly any shrinkage.
The Ls just fit over my shoulder where it meets the upper part of my arm.
The XL juts out about 1 inch beyond the same point on either side of my shoulder/arm, which is perfect for playing basketball.
For measurement references, my distance between one shoulder edge (where the upper arm meets the shoulder with the upper arm hanging loosely by the side) to the other is 17in using a straight line rule at the shortest point between the 2 shoulder edges, i.e. _NOT_ using a flexible tape measure that includes the slope of the trapezius but measuring the shortest straight line distance between the 2 points using a normal straight ruler.
So now i use the Ls when doing stuff at home or tending my habanero/jalapeno plants and the XLs for balling.
I am very happy with this product and would buy again once they wear out. To determine the sizes for your own self, just measure yourself accordingly based on your own measurements relative to how i described each L or XL size fits over my shoulders and you should be ok :)
Hope this review helps people in choosing the proper sizing for themselves (as reviews that don't actually state the relationship to actual empirical measurements and how the measurements are taken are not exactly helpful)
Update : as at June 2014, the sizes i bought are still the same as the day i bought them, even after going through repeated washing and tumble-drying cycles :) Also forgot to mention : i chose the all-white cotton-only versions so my review is based solely on the all-white cotton-only versions (if you have another color, i can't comment on whether you are going to get shrinkage or not).