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Montane Slipstream GL Jacket Review
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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Montane Slipstream GL Jacket Review on 03/06/2012 15:44:22 MST Print View

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Montane Slipstream GL Jacket Review

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re: Montane sizing on 03/06/2012 17:50:08 MST Print View

Will and I disagree about Montane sizing. I do not find their stuff undersized, merely fitted (or athletic, if you will). I appreciate being able to have a wind layer which doesn't flap like mad in the wind.

Montane just released a hooded anorak made of the same fabric, which many will find interesting.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: re: Montane sizing on 03/06/2012 18:03:05 MST Print View

Fitted like it was made for biking is what I thought of that jacket.

Damien Tougas
(dtougas) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Gaspé Peninsula
Fitting on 03/07/2012 04:43:41 MST Print View

I think manufacturers should provide more information about the fit of garments. As David says, it could be fitting Will exactly the way it was designed, but Will might not like as slim of a fit as it's intended size is designed for. Patagonia is really good about this, they have a sizing system that states how close to the body you can expect a piece to fit. I think it would be great to see other manufacturers do something similar.

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: Montane sizing on 03/07/2012 05:28:42 MST Print View

I've said this before I think, but the problem isn't that European garments are undersized. On the contrary, US garments are over-sized to make people think that they aren't as overweight as they really are. It's kind of sad and just serves to further promote our obesity epidemic.

If you want to test it yourself, take your favorite pair of pants and measure around the waist. Take that and compare it to the specified size. Generally, the actual dimension will be 1-2 (or more) inches larger than the size would otherwise indicate.

Martin RJ Carpenter
(MartinCarpenter) - F
Re: Montane Sizing on 03/07/2012 06:41:43 MST Print View

They've always seemed very normal/mainstream to me over here in the UK. Certainly nothing like as far into tall/thin cuts as some of the Scandinavian companies. Not that any company is internally consistent about this! As well as how close the cuts are, the arm lengths can also vary hugely.

I guess that the other thing to remember is that from a UK perspective the major market for this is probably going to be scarily fit people like fell runners, so you'd logically expect an aggressive cut. I'd imagine that their microlight windshirts are rather more generous.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re: windshirt fit on 03/07/2012 07:26:19 MST Print View

I should be more specific: I've got a Rab Cirrus, Montane Litespeed, Patagonia Houdini, and Montbell UL wind parka kicking around here at the moment. All mediums. The former two are fitted, the later two more relaxed. All have pretty similar back and sleeve lengths (oddly, the Litespeed has one of the longer torsos, but the shortest arms). I'd say the Litespeed has the best fit overall, they cut their arms and shoulders in a 3D way which makes for a truly remarkable athletic yet roomy fit.

On the other hand, if you want to wear your windshirt over more something like a midweight down jacket, you'll likely be happier with one of the roomier cuts. There are so many truly great windshirts available that selection can come down to preference in fit and features (or the lack of them).

joe newton

Locale: Bergen, Norway
Re: re: windshirt fit on 03/07/2012 08:35:19 MST Print View

"There are so many truly great windshirts available that selection can come down to preference in fit and features" - and colour! ;)

Another thing I have discovered is that one company's definition of size can change from year to year. My Montane Litespeed is a Medium and is 3 years old (this thing just can't be killed off by conventional means). My Montane Krypton softshell from last winter was originally purchased in a Large (to act as the outer shell in a two soft-shell system) but I found it too small and ended up with an XL. A discussion with the company revealed that the current designer had shifted the sizing parameters slightly.

I'll echo the sentiments here that the 'Euro' brands appear to have a different cut on the whole. Rab, Montane, Haglofs, Norrøna and others all combine good fabrics with great tailoring. Long arms, long torsos and no excess flappage FTW.

Paramo on the other hand. Wonderful fabric, shocking cut...

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Montane Slipstream GL Jacket Review on 03/07/2012 09:20:52 MST Print View

Maybe the new Litespeed is fitted but neither of the two that I own seem to be. I did size up to a large, but it fits well over insulation. Try that with a slipstream and it won't work. The slipstream to me is a biking jacket and those are all fitted.

James Connolly
(jamespjc) - MLife

Locale: TX
Sizing on 03/07/2012 09:36:58 MST Print View

I'm pretty perplexed about the overall rating statement: "Montane’s small sizing is an inconvenience; the jacket runs small, and many buyers will need to size up. Why not use standard US sizing to avoid that problem?

Why should a non-US company have to use "standard" US sizing. Why then does the US not use the "correct" British measurement of a pint for example?

I agree with Chris that its the US sizes that are large, rather than British or European sizes being small.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: Sizing on 03/07/2012 09:40:17 MST Print View

"Why should a non-US company have to use "standard" US sizing. Why then does the US not use the "correct" British measurement of a pint for example?"

Because if you want to sell in the largest market in the world, you would probably want to provide sizes that adhere to most of the population.

Montane does run small. I am 6'1" and 210 lbs. An XL is fine for me except around the chest / back. Compared to say, Marmot, of which I don't have the same issue. Last time I checked Marmot sells Globally.

James Connolly
(jamespjc) - MLife

Locale: TX
Sizing on 03/07/2012 10:04:35 MST Print View


Edited by jamespjc on 03/07/2012 10:26:18 MST.

Tjaard Breeuwer
(Tjaard) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota, USA
Fit description on 03/07/2012 10:05:06 MST Print View

Will writes:
"The first thing you should know about the Slipstream is that it runs small. My sample is a size Large and it fits like a Medium, which I found to be okay for a windshirt since I frequently wore it over just a baselayer. I have fairly long arms and torso and found the sleeves and body to be long enough. The resulting fit is trim."

That sounds like it is not small, if it is long enough for a long armed person in the sleeves it is TRIM, not SMALL. Small means ALL dimensions are reduced!

So for Will and other reviewers:
When discussing fit, please don't use blanket statements like: "small".
Please explain whether sleeve length, body length, chest girth and sleeve girth are shorter or longer than usual for that size, and what you are comparing it too. Also a description of your body and fit preferences is nice.

For example if small means short in sleeve or body, I can't wear it (6'5"). But if it means tight in waist or chest, I'd probably love it! (32": waist and skinny arms)

It is great to note the style of fit: ie trim, mid-cut or roomy as many manufacturers do.


Edited by Tjaard on 03/07/2012 10:10:01 MST.

Tjaard Breeuwer
(Tjaard) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota, USA
RE Paramo on 03/07/2012 10:20:00 MST Print View

Hey Joe,

If you find you don't like Paramo fit,try Cioch Direct, they use Paramo fabric to make their garments, and do custom sizing too.

You could also try Furtech, which works similar(haven't tried it).

joe newton

Locale: Bergen, Norway
Re: RE Paramo on 03/07/2012 10:23:32 MST Print View


Yup, Cioch will be my next call when replacing the Vista.

Nigel Healy
(nigelhealy) - F

Locale: San Francisco bay area
Re: Fit description on 03/07/2012 11:58:28 MST Print View

I own plenty of Montane. Litespeed, Slipstream Gilet, Velo, Prism, Krypton. My Montane kit gets used more than others as often a windshirt is all I need over a base, or to add a bit more to an insulation layer. I owned 2 Litespeeds bought 3 years apart, the Litespeed's sizing has not changed but the fabric has changed, more shiny, less matt.

These garments are all designed for different purposes. The Litespeed is an overlayer to fit over a fleece to turn a fleece into a coat. The Slipstream gilet is to fit over a tight baselayer for joggers.
The Prism is an over-layer, baggier than the Krypton which a next-to-skin type.

The Velo is for cyclists who hate flap, its tight across the upper-chest.

I don't think Montane are not assuming different body shapes, but assuming different levels of garments under.

In order of tightest first
Slipstream medium
Velo medium
Krypton large
Prism medium
Litespeed medium.

Now the Litespeed's bagginess has its uses, I can for example put a Patagonia Down Sweater under the Litespeed and gain net insulation, as well as add a degree of water resistance. The Slipstream if I don't mind it riding up as my wider chest pulls the bagginess up from the belly, can fit over the Prism. I wore that yesterday on a bike's ride descent, the Slipstream cinching down all the flap from the Prism on the torso, making it warmer.

What makes the Slipstream differently useful, its a small packed size which makes it more useful as an emergency little-used windproof, but it can't so easily fit over thicker layers. The GL... I never understood who'd buy it, more fragile and a fraction lighter and a lot more expensive. I'd buy it for a little $ more. If you're going to layer over mid-layers go up a size but really its more for layering over a baselayer for high-activity uses.

I fully agree that US sizing differences is about politely avoiding the issue the average USA person is larger. It would be more healthy reminders if they kept sizes smaller.

Will Rietveld
(WilliWabbit) - MLife

Locale: Southwest Colorado
Re: re: Montane sizing on 03/07/2012 12:18:42 MST Print View

Your point is well taken and I stand corrected. The Montane Slipstream jacket has a trim fit and does not "run small" as stated. The sleeve and body lengths are as expected for a size Large, but the body girth is trim. A trim fit is good if you don't want the jacket to flap in the wind, but it limits layering to a thin insulation layer.

I said the same for the Montane Spektr Smock a while back. It also has a trim fit. I sized up to an XL in that jacket because I wanted enough girth to wear it over an UL down jacket in camp.

Jonathan Pratt
Update the review please on 03/07/2012 13:29:42 MST Print View

Thanks for clarifying the trim fit Will.

I think it is time to update your opening statement on the review for those who do not read the thread.

Edited by Tyke on 03/07/2012 22:03:52 MST.

Aaron Croft
(aaronufl) - M

Locale: Oregon
Color on 03/07/2012 13:44:40 MST Print View

Is it just me, or does anyone else think this jacket is hideous?

Susan Papuga
(veganaloha) - M

Locale: USA
How does this compare to the Patagonia Houdini Wind shirt? on 03/07/2012 14:38:18 MST Print View

I have two variations of the Houdini, from 2010 & 2011. They both work well ih Hawaii weather, where it can be cool with sporadic showers. However, I would not wear them as rain gear in sustained downpours or prolonged temperature drops.

As stated elsewhere in this thread, Patagonia does a god job of stating the type of fit, ie slim, fitted or roomy for their clothing. That said, I still range between XS to M for their gear. Also, the Houdini, and most other manufacters' gear I've tried or studied will be sized to accommodate garments underneath or not and the sizing will depend upon this design element. So it's important to note this when shopping, especially online.

As far as standard sizing, most products sold internationally will state the size under each system. Usually, manufacturers who sell in multiple markets will size and advertise accordingly, even though sometimes sizing can still be a bit "off" if it is not what one is used to, so it's not a matter of right or wrong, much less demanding one worldwide standard.

As far as being annoying to order something and have to return it because the fit per size is not what we're used to, yes, it is! Unfortunately, this is just a necessary evil of not being able try things on in advance. How many of us bypass our local gear store to shop online, causing the local store to close? Not to mention what women routinely encounter when garments and gear are sold as the ubiquitous unisex! where the garment dimensions really don't fit anyone very well, or it's really just a man's fitted garment that is re-labelled to lure women into buying it. Sometimes I think the shipping charges make up the online savings as compared to shopping local.

Alas, the global marketplace! However, on balance, things usually work out, after all, we all get to come here and talk story.

Edited by veganaloha on 03/07/2012 14:45:11 MST.