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Softshell / Light Jacket for tall guys?


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Dan Friedman · · Boulder, CO · Joined Aug 2009 · Points: 55

I know I'm not the only person having this problem... looking for a slim fitting softshell jacket that is slim fitting, so it wont' bunch up under a harness, long enough that it won't pull out, or show the world my belly button when I raise my arms.

I'm 6'2, around 180, 32 inch waist. My shell is an Arcteryx large and frankly.. its kind of big. I know eddie bauer makes tall sizes but not thrilled with their softshell selection.

Anybody know about the fit of the new BD gear? Even with patagonia the mediums are too short and the larges just seem to get wider.. hard to find a good store to try on lots of brands in Boston and I don't want to do trial and error with returns... help!

PeterW · · Dryden, NY · Joined Mar 2010 · Points: 50

I've been pretty happy with the way Mammut fits.

Dan Friedman · · Boulder, CO · Joined Aug 2009 · Points: 55

Looking into the Black Diamond Crag Hoody, Rab softshell, northface verto micro.. any advice from anybody 6'2 and thin? Any luck finding clothes that don't hang off of you or have 3/4 length sleeves?

erik wellborn · · manitou springs · Joined Apr 2008 · Points: 355

Im 6'2 180lbs. 33 inch waist. NWalpine makes clothes long and lean, they fit me well. Tried on the new BD jacket, seems liked a good fit also. The Arcteryx Venta MX is almost perfect, but pricey.

Devin Krevetski · · Northfield, VT · Joined May 2008 · Points: 30

I have a softshell from Beyond Fleece

It fits really well.

Dan Friedman · · Boulder, CO · Joined Aug 2009 · Points: 55
erik wellborn wrote:Im 6'2 180lbs. 33 inch waist. NWalpine makes clothes long and lean, they fit me well. Tried on the new BD jacket, seems liked a good fit also. The Arcteryx Venta MX is almost perfect, but pricey.
Which BD JAcket did you try on? What size?
Paul-B · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2011 · Points: 115

I'm 6' 4". Mammut or Salomon. Been really happy with my salomon softshell, slim fitting, long arms.

Dave Bn · · Fort Collins, CO · Joined Jul 2011 · Points: 10

I have the same problems.

The Marmot Tempo hoody is long, almost too long.

Harness friendly pockets, stretch woven and almost 100% windproof.

Oh, yeah and you can find them on sale for about $60-90.

erik wellborn · · manitou springs · Joined Apr 2008 · Points: 355
DEF wrote: Which BD JAcket did you try on? What size?
Dawn patrol Lt. Size large
Kirby · · DC · Joined Mar 2010 · Points: 25

EDIT: reading comprehension fail. I just re-read your original post and saw you weren't so thrilled with the softshell selection they have--I won't delete the post in case others are interested in the future.

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You gotta check out Eddie Bauer's First Ascent line. I know, I know, Eddie Bauer is for moms and yuppies--but the FA stuff is actually badass.

I am 6'5", 180 lbs., and the medium tall fits like a dream. I have the Accelerant jacket and it's hands-down the best fit I've ever had--it's an active cut and plenty long.

Give em a shot! And as always, remember to google for coupon codes before you place an order.

Good luck.

Link:
Accelerant jacket

D Stevenson · · Escalange, UT · Joined Dec 2010 · Points: 25

I have a Mountain Hardware Chockstone softshell. Light weight, super stretchy with a hood. Fits snug through the body, free in the arms, and it covers almost my entire butt. 6" longer than it needs to be for me. I'm basically average height for my weight (wide, stocky shoulders, though-- 38-40)

mountainhardwear.com/chocks…

I am not sure they make it anymore, but it seems like a few newer MH softshells have a similar cut.

It's my favorite climbing layer-- really stretchy, doesn't bunch up and still covers my ass with arms straight up. I'm sure the fit/cut is similar through the size range, so it should cover your back even if you are tall and slender.

Scott McMahon · · Boulder, CO · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 1,425

Check out Marmot...my tempo seems long in the right places.

Linnaeus · · NZ · Joined Aug 2011 · Points: 0

6'3" and 175lbs; I just got a Dynafit softshell, forget the model, but it is a very long trim fit - great under a harness, sleeves stay out to length when reaching overhead.

flykatcher · · Anchorage, AK · Joined Jun 2012 · Points: 60

if you can find this jacket then get it. super well designed. built for climbing. perfect for so many situations. it is a slim fit with long sleeves. im 6'4" and skinny and a L fits great. when i destroy it i will buy another.

thenorthface.com/catalog/sc…

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