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Okay... Sizing runs very small
on January 31, 2013
I've had this vest now for a couple of months and couple thousand miles. It's not bad, but it's not great... It's just okay.
I have the XL-4XL size vest. I am 6'0" 210 lbs, moderately muscular build. I normally wear either a large long or an XL size jacket. I was worried that this vest would be too big. However, I have the side cinch-straps as loose as they go and it fits just right for me. I have a 35" waist. That seems a bit bizarre for a size XL-4XL vest.
The full-length zipper is nice. However, there is a very poorly designed and useless flap that goes over the bottom half of the zipper and attaches with velcro. There is no good reason I can think of to cover the zipper, and it just adds an unnecessary extra step to unzipping the vest.
It flaps a little bit in the wind, but not too badly. It is a bit thinner than I had expected it to be. The reflective stripes have a few small cracks in them after only a couple months of use. I can't speak about longevity yet, but I don't expect much at this point.
It is very bright and the reflective strips work well. You can also easily access your side jacket pockets through the vest, which is a nice feature. The breast pocket is a nice feature, though I don't recommend putting anything heavy in there, as it flaps around a bit in the wind.
The only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of maybe 2 was because it is sold at a great price. At this price point, you've got to figure that some compromises will have to be made. Otherwise, it would be selling for the same price as the more expensive vests.