Tall, skinny and unable to find a jacket
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Nov 23, 2007 at 5:44 pm #1225951
I'm out of luck (and a jacket) and need some help. In fact, I need at least 2 jackets
I'm just a hair over 6'4", 205 pounds, very athletic with long arms. Rough estimates put me at 44" chest, at least 36 – 36.5" sleeves, and 17 – 17.5 neck. I wear 34/36 waist pants with 36 length, however my waist measures to about 38-39 (that's American sizing for you). I cannot find a jacket that fits nicely. When it comes to clothes, I have to pick my poison.
Larges are perfect across the chest, but too short or just barely long enough in the arm, and too short or just barely long enough in the length of the jacket.
XL are perfect in the sleeve, usually right in the length of the jacket, but way too baggy–it looks to boxy and like I'm wearing a parachute or something.
The only jacket I've found to fit me perfectly is the Arcteryx Gamma SV (the MX does not fit). In XL, it has very long arms and very tight chest/waist cut. However, I didn't like Powershield: it wasn't warm enough to wear around town, but didn't breathe well enough for running/sports/hiking.
Are there any companies that cater to the tall and fit? It'd seem like common sense to athletic/backpacking/hiking/mountain climbing clothe manufacturers that people who are active, athletic and outdoors are going to be fit. What can I do?Nov 23, 2007 at 5:52 pm #1409996Michael BMember
Beyond fleece will make you a custom jacket based on your actual measurements, that should fit you perfectly. I have had mine for several years, and really love it (the cold fusion).Nov 23, 2007 at 7:58 pm #1410004Brett PeughBPL Member
Same here about beyondfleece.com. For down check out Cabelas or LL Bean for their talls.Nov 24, 2007 at 12:16 am #1410026Eric St. MaryMember
I'm the same size, though my actual waist is 34". I wear large tops and 34*36 jeans.
The tops that fit me about perfectly are:
The brands that fit okay in tops are:
The North Face
The brands that fit just horribly all around are:
Patagonia is the worst
Mountain Hardwear usually falls into this categoryNov 24, 2007 at 10:29 am #1410043
Thanks for the advice. I do know of Beyondfleece (I think "Beyondclothing" now). Unfortunately, I'm not a big fan of WB-400, and their insulated primaloft jacket must have a PU coating, which I'm not looking for. Maybe I'll try one of the Schoeller Dryskin jackets.
I'm actually thinking of ordering some European jackets, they seem to have the best of both worlds: less membranes/coatings in their softshells, and XL size that is cut a little closer. Specifically, the Montane PUMA looks great. I'll let you guys know.Nov 24, 2007 at 12:49 pm #1410057Joshua GilbertMember
I have really smilar measurements to those mentioned above, except I have even longer arms (38" I think)
I find that patagonia fits me fairly well, and strangely enough, EMS generally fits me really well. The brand to avoid if your shoulders are wider than your gut is cloudveil. Their stuff is really nice, well made, and seems to be designed to fit people who are shaped like pears or bowling pins.
I really share your frustration with the cut of a lot of outdoor clothes, who are these people who can fit into them, and do they really need high end outdoor gear?
Rainy Pass repair in Seattle can also do custom mods on outdoor clothing, including seam taping and the like.Nov 24, 2007 at 1:34 pm #1410060
What size do you wear? With 38" arms I assume you must wear XLNov 24, 2007 at 2:55 pm #1410067Joshua GilbertMember
Usually I can get away with a L, north face in particular has longish sleeves. Some stuff I have to go with an XL and just accept the bagginess around the waist.
for me, the real issue is pants, 34/34 is a hard size to find, plus I have thicker thighs from years of cycling, so they might fit in the waist and length, but be tight around the leg.Nov 29, 2007 at 1:58 pm #1410690Chris RyanMember
@ucdchrisLocale: Central Valley
I've got a long torso for my size and also have a hard time finding jackets that are long enough while still fitting properly through the chest. I've found that Cabela's makes a number of products in tall sizes that fit well (they add 1.5"-2" on arms and overall length). REI also carries a couple items in tall sizes that fit nicely.Nov 29, 2007 at 4:04 pm #1410717Brett PeughBPL Member
Mountain Hardwear is the smallest you will find out there of the name brands, Marmot is usually the longest. TNF rarely has anything. Patagonia is about 1 out of 4.
And there are always kits at thru-hiker.com
Brett (6'5" and mostly all torso)
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