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I really want to like this jacket, but....
on April 30, 2013
After I accidentally melted my circa 2000 standard Northface fleece jacket by a campfire, I set out to find a nice jacket for the trails or a night out on the town. I found the sleek-looking gray version of this jacket on sale at a local backpacker shop, so I tried it on and despite the snug fit, I ended up buying it. Here's the interesting part: I'm 5'11, 165-170 lbs, 42" chest, 32" waist, flat stomach, broad shoulders and very long arms of a total wingspan around 63" tip to tip. I wear size large jackets and long sleeve shirts on most occasions, yet with a thermal base layer and tee-shirt on, the extra large version of this jacket fits me like "a second layer of skin" as one reviewer puts it. I understand that the cut is supposed to be "athletic," but it's so tight that I could probably comfortably fit into a XXL because the XL is borderline constricting. I also think the cut is a little short, as it rests just below my belt. Be forewarned!
Note: I like my clothes a little tight - jeans, shirts, etc, so hopefully this jacket grows on me quickly.
Because the quality and durability of this jacket seems to be very good, I'll give a more formal review of the product once I wear it for a few months.