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Doesn't anyone out there have shoulders?

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Okay, so upper body musculature is not conducive to cycling performance: extra weight that doesn't equate to better performance. I'll give you that. But at 5'7" and 145, I'm not that big, I just have some big shoulders and biceps from years of swimming and weightlifting (triathlon, anyone?). Needless to say, the medium size I usually wear is not a size I can wear in women's cycling clothing. So, I ordered a large in this jacket, hoping it would accommodate my shoulders. No such luck. The waist and length are perfect; I love the warm fleece lining, and this jacket is really great on cold winter rides. But it is too small in the shoulders! I'd order the next size up because I liked the jacket so much, but found that the small, singular, zippered back pocket is basically non-functional. It's too small to carry a cell phone, snack and beanie in case it gets really cold. I am returning this jacket and will probably save my pennies to buy the ultimate jacket: the Giordana Forma Red Carbon.

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Thanks for the tip: I've a build similar to your description...most tops/coats etc. just never fit well. Also had my eye on the "Red Carbon" for awhile, too...am ordering it (need a jacket NOW, wish I could wait longer). Will up-date results later. Look forward to you experience with this jacket when you get yours!

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UP-DATE:
re: FR Carbon jacket:
Got it...!
Love it...!!
Get it...!!!
See review(s) on the FR Carbon jacket page...worth it!