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    Eric Lavering


    Locale: Western Montana

    Hey guys. I’ve been looking for a hooded windshirt and found the Golite Ether on sale for $40 at Sierra Trading Post. I’m a little bit worried about the size of the Ether’s hood, though. In all of the pictures I’ve seen it looks pretty small, and I’m not sure if my long neck/big head will fit well. Just for reference, I find the hood on my Dri-Ducks size large to be uncomfortably small.

    Any thoughts on Ether hood sizing or anything else I might need to know about windshirts would be appreciated. Thanks a bundle in advance.

    Alex Orgren


    The Ether runs a little small. I’m 5’10”, 145 lbs and I pretty much fill up a medium. There’s plenty of volume in the hood, but not much extra length. If I wear my hood over a Tilley hat, it pulls tight and just starts to lift off my shoulders.

    I should add that a Marmot Precip hood (also medium) fits quite well over the same hat.

    BPL Member


    I have Driducks and Golite Helios — both in Medium. Both hoods are comparable, with the Helios hood a tiny, tiny bit bigger.

    If the Large size Driducks hood is too small for you, I would assume the same will ring true for the large size Ether hood as well.

    BPL Member


    Locale: SoCal

    Ditto Alex’ comments. I’ve got the same body type and my size medium is filled up. Also note that the arm cuffs are pretty snug. Head volume is fine, and I think it’s a nice cut and design. Neck length can be a tad short if I have the hood cinched & zipped up. I wouldn’t say this has been much of a problem. It’s just something that I notice, not really bothersome or less functional.

    Rod Lawlor
    BPL Member


    Locale: Australia

    I’m about the same. 5’10″and about 175lb, but barrel chested (measure 41″ over a shirt) with longish arms.

    Should I go with a med or large

    Thanks, Rod

    paul johnson


    Locale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest


    you talkin’ Ether here? if so, i’d say go with the large. i’m much shorter than you and wear a 40 extra-short suit. a medium Wisp is a slightly snug fit, getting it on & off just over a base layer. fits fine, once on. could also wear it over a thin wool mid layer, but nothing thicker/more insulating. sleeve and torso length is fine for me. my gut feeling is that it will be too short for you. my wife is a couple of inches taller than me and slim and wears a medium Ether.

    if i see my son tomorrow, i’ll have him try it on – he’s just a tad over your ht, but built slimmer. at least, it will be a reasonable check on sleeve length. i believe the sleeves and torso length will be way too short on him, but i’m just guessing here based upon how it fits me.

    Rod Lawlor
    BPL Member


    Locale: Australia

    Thanks Paul,

    Large sounds good. I’ll be ordering over the web, and whil most places are happy to exchange, it costs me at least another $30 bucks in post.

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