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What happened to the sleeves?

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is handily one of the best convertible jackets out there. It breathes perfectly. The fabric is buttery smooth and comfortable. It can be worn in a range from the mid 50's to just above freezing with appropriate layering. But, my biggest problem with this new model is the sizing.

I have an older version of of the Elite Barrier that needed replacing and the sizing has noticeably changed. I'm 6'1, 208lbs, have about a 44-45" chest, and a standard shirt sleeve length of 35. Based on the sizing chart I should go for an XL (which is what my old one was). This didn't work. Everything fits nicely; not a race fit, more relaxed fit. BUT, the sleeves are definitely too long and the cuff too loose. This is a major problem for me. Air flows straight up the cuffs and I get a lot of sleeve flapping. I've tried the L and its sleeves are okay, but it starts to run a more racer fit and tight in the chest. This might be OK for some, but I like some space to allow for layering. I even compared my old and this new one side-by-side and the difference is noticeable by maybe an inch to an inch and a half. One other con, they got rid of the front Napoleon/chest pocket.

So, bottom line for me is, what was a perfect jacket a few years ago, isn't any more and finds me stuck b/w sizes. So, I now need either tolerate some shortcomings, or look for a different brand. Sucks.