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PostIcon Posted on: Feb. 26 2013, 6:46 pm  Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Hey all,

So after tons of deliberation, I finally purchased the Marmot ROM. I am very pleased with the jacket itself, but am finding that the sizing may be a bit wonky. I first tried on a small (grey in the photo album linked below). It was tight in the chest, waist, and elbows when I put on more than one layer. Also, I noted that when I lifted my arms up, it exposed my belly (which I find less than ideal). So, I decided to return that one and size up to the medium (green in the photos). However, now that I am trying on the medium, it seems a tad loose and baggy. Is this level of bagginess a big deal and should I find something a bit more close fitting, or am I just picking nits at this point.

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PS. I will be using it for climbing and mountaineering during the late fall, winter, and early spring (in the case that impacts anything).
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To be honest, it's really hard to tell any difference between the photos. I think you just have to go with your gut and what feels best. Is the small tight across the back and shoulders when you bring your arms inwards? If so, I'd definitely forgo it unless it stretches well. If you're doing a lot of climbing your arms will be up a lot, and if you don't want the jacket lifting maybe the medium is best, as long as it's not too long in the arms.

I'm between a small and medium for many jackets as well, with the small usually too tight across the back/shoulders and lifting too much with my arms or the medium too long in the arms and loose around the neck (15.5" neck), so I understand. I often just go with the medium because I can't stand the tightness of the clothing in the small unless it is really stretchy and meant to fit tight (like my icebreaker long sleeved baselayer, though it is skin tight in a medium).
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It looks to me the way that jacket is cut that the small fits you better in the arms, the medium better in the body.

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You may want to look into having the sleeves altered by some one (professional) that knows what they are doing.

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The medium looks like a much better fit to me. Great choice of jacket, by the way.

Since you'll be using it for active pursuits rather than just as a hiking/low-intensity layering piece I think it is best to get the size that doesn't get pulled up to expose your stomach or has sleeves that get pulled halfway to your elbow when you reach up. The medium also looks like you'll be able to layer under it easier if it's particularly cold out.

In general, I've found softshell sizing from most companies to be slightly odd. I have an OR Mithril softshell and an Arc'teyx Gamma and I was between sizes (M/L) for each of those, however their other pieces of outerwear that I own (down jacket;  synthetic mid-layer) or have tried on fit true-to-size.


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i have the marmot exum, and the sleeves are on the long side.  i think that's because they anticipate people using it for climbing and other sports where people are active, reaching, etc.  longer sleeves make it less likely the jacket will ride up.

the level of bagginess is a personal choice.  in general, soft shells are cut fairly close and not made to accommodate several layers.

i agree their fit can feel kind of funky at first.  however, i have gotten used to the slightly long sleeves and otherwise love the shell's function.
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