One of the hardest things about buying outerwear online is finding a fit that works for your body type. We all know that not all sizing is the same. A small in one company, may feel more like a medium in another. While most companies do a pretty decent job with sizing guides, it’s still not a perfect system. We will focus a lot on sizing when testing outerwear and in each review you will find information about the fit. To try and make it even easier we have put together specs for each of our outerwear reviewers so that you can compare your specs with those of the person testing the outerwear.
Jacket/Pant Size – L
Specs: 6’0″ Athletic build, broad shoulders, wide chest, long arms.
Upper Body: 44″ Chest, Torso Length 20” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width 22”, Arm Length 23” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body: 32” Waist, 40” Hips, 32” Inseam, 22” Thigh
Turn On’s: Well fit garments with an athletic cut and that aren’t boxy. Fabric the moves with my body and protects it from harsh environments.
Turn Off’s: Sleeves that are too short! Pants that limit movement of the legs at the knee or crotch. Baggy clothes. Too much insulation.
Jacket/Pant Size – S
Specs: 5’10”, 155 lb – Normal Build, Broad Shoulders, Moderate Arm Length, Skinny Torso – Narrow Waist, Larger Thighs and Butt, Short Legs
Upper Body: 34.5” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 22”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body: 30” Waist, 38” Hips, 30” Inseam, 22” Thigh
Turn On’s: Active fit jackets that fit well around my chest and torso, but don’t restrict movement. Size S Pants that have a bit more room in my thighs, that way I can actually use my pockets. And of course getting first chair with 12” of fresh powder on the mountain.
Turn Off’s: Size S Jackets that are too tight, and Size M jackets that are too loose in the waist. I really don’t like a loose waist that can allow cold air in, and I don’t like having to cinch down the waist. I also don’t like jackets that ride up when I’m skiing, The jacket should stay in place. Pants that fit too tight in the thigh, and I can’t use my pockets.
Jacket/Pant Size – M
Specs – 5’4”, 150 lbs – Normal Build, Broad Shoulders – Average Waist, Large Butt and Thighs, Short Legs
Upper Body – 36” Chest, Torso Length 18” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 16.5”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body – 29” Waist, 41” Hips, 29.5” Inseam, 26” Thigh
Turn On’s: Active fit jackets that fit well around my chest and torso, but don’t restrict movement. Size M Pants that have a bit more room to fit my thighs and big butt but fit well in the waist. That way, not only can I utilize my pockets, I can also ride freely and comfortably on the hill.
Turn Off’s: Size M jackets that are too tight in the shoulders and hips while being boxy in the waist. I really don’t like a tight fit at the hips that rides up and allows snow in my jacket and pants. The jacket should stay in place! Size M Pants that fit too tight in the thigh so I can’t use my pockets but so loose in the waist they fall down and I get snow in my pants.