I'm close to your size, weigh 195, have +3 ape-index (so, long arms and long torso) and a swimmer's build (so... a bit of upper body). I'm very glad to have gone with the XL. If you have big arms/shoulders or a broad back, the L may be be constrictive.
Keep in mind that these garments are cut with a more euro body in mind than most products on the US market.
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I'm about a 34" waist, 25" thighs, and found the XL to be about perfect. I normally wear a large in anything to do with pants, but every set of Gore cycling pants I've tried seem to run on the small side. For example, I found the Large in their gore-tex 3/4 pants too constrictive in the upper thighs, and ended up getting an XL of those as well.
Construction of this piece is brilliantly simple, lightweight, packable, and minimalist, but the fit is proving difficult.
My waist is ~33.5", so I ordered a large. The fit was perfect in the waist, but snug in the thighs (which I didn't think to measure). Since the material isn't stretchy at all, once I get riding (and pump my legs full of blood) it feels restrictive; not mobility-impairing, but too tight in the upper thighs, slightly impeding return circulation. Seems everyone else in my waist-size range thought the large was too big? Now I'm wondering if I should trade this out for an XL (and brave the maybe-too-loose waist?) or try the fusion (which claims a little stretch)?