I recently bought a large outdoor research maximus shell, but it was huge. This was odd because I am 5'9" and 180lbs, so it should have fit. Anyhow, I ordered a medium and when that came, it fit great except that it is in my arm pits. It isn't really tight in the pits, but it is tighter than it should be considering that I plan on layering under the shell.
Has anyone else noticed this with OR products? I thought OR is a great company, but this is their top of the line shell and it seems like they didn't put a lot of thought in the cut of this one.
I have never tried on any technical shells and I have not found any negative reviews. Maybe other technical shells are cut similarly?
This is kinda late but Rab is cut that way too. I had to return a Ran Microlight down sweater cause I though I was gonna tear out the armpits. I am returning it for an XL but thinking the sleeves are gonna be way to long.
Have not noticed it with Patagonia, even in their slim fit stuff, or Arcteryx.
I actually got my OR Mentor Shell in yesterday. I'm 5'11 195lbs and the large fit pretty well. I didn't notice the tight pit's like many of the reviews I saw.
I took my dogs for a walk last night in ~15 degree weather with a very light snow. I layered the shell over an EB FA Ultralight Hooded down jacket and a T-shirt. I probably could have had an R1 under there as well, but not a whole lot else. It only slighty compressed the down on the jacket and I stayed nice and warm.
I have a somewhat short torso and long arms. I still felt like the arms on the jacket were a bit long, although the velcro tightened that up no problem. I thought the cut was good for movement as I tested all sorts of different arm positions and didn't really seem to expose any of the under layers.
The hood seemed really big, but the adjustments shored it up pretty well. Definitley won't have a problem fitting it under a shell!
More to follow as that was just my first impression.
Yeah, OR is using some weirdly built individuals for test fitting or something... But best customer support in the world and bomber products.
Rab is the worst though. I bought a large Latok jacket (I'm 6'0, 190lbs) and although I had plenty of room in the waist and armm the pits were tight with a T-shirt. No way would it fit with a fleece or two layered underneath. And another problem with the tight arm pits is that fleece jackets like TNF Denali (and who doesn't have one?) have kinda large, flappy arm pit areas that bunch up with the Latok jacket.
I returned it for a Arc-teryx Theta AR... too bad you have to pay 500 bucks for a jacket that fits...