Angela Z.> “Apparently you cannot special order the Japanese sizing :( “
--As a rule you are right, Angela,—but occasionally certain items are put on sale in NA through the Montbell Store. Not much help in your case though, I imagine.
Josh S. > “My only conclusion is that in this model anyway, the women's version runs big while the men's runs a little small.”
--This is good to know, Josh. My wife and I have been intending to do more cold weather camping and have been considering adding MB parkas to our kits.
Angela Z.> “I scanned the list of Dealers - it looks like there are none even remotely in New England.”
--Yeah, as a New England resident, I know. If you have the luxury of being able to plan ahead, though, you can keep an eye out for mail order sales (they seem to happen regularly with MB clothing). We’ve had good luck ordering sale items online from Prolite Gear and Backcountry Gear. The advantage to waiting for the sale is, of course, that if you have to return or exchange the item you still come out paying less--even with the added return shipping charge. Still, this probably won’t be of much help either, if you are looking for the jacket before spring. Maybe someone who owns one of these jackets in the small size will respond and give you some actual measurements. Or maybe someone has experience with some comparable product. Good luck.