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Avery S
(Aveman) - M
MEC sizing on 12/26/2012 16:26:03 MST Print View

Howdy,
I'm having a hard time resisting the MEC Northern Lite Ultra at $95 (plus U.S. shipping):

http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/ClearanceItems/MensClothing/PRD~5025-741/mec-northern-lite-ultra-jacket-mens.jsp

The problem is I don't have any experience with how their jackets are sized, especially outer layers such as this. A patagonia DAS worked for me in size medium, but was too boxy. I am 6', 170 lb, 40" chest, which means if the medium is sized to go over a few layers (R1, windshell, nanopuff), it'll be perfect, but if not it's going to be too tight. Returns would be a hassle as I don't live in Canada.

Any have experience with their sizing?

Avery S
(Aveman) - M
Bought both on 12/26/2012 20:23:14 MST Print View

Well, if anyone else is curious about this, ask me in 10 days, because I ordered both sizes.

Also it is likely that I will have a medium or large for sale soon...

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
MEC sizing on 12/27/2012 06:18:17 MST Print View

My experience has been that MEC sizing tends to be slim yet long, which I like. So the sleeves and torso length are usually an inch or two longer than the norm, and the torso isn't very boxy because it's quite fitted/slim fit. At 5'11", 165lbs, medium normally fits me great. You may have a little trouble with the the 'slim-ness' of the medium if you have a lot of layers under.

Edited by dandydan on 12/27/2012 06:19:15 MST.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: MEC sizing on 12/27/2012 07:31:31 MST Print View

My experience has been that the arm length is too long even for me, who has a 79" wingspan. I also find the sizing not particularly athletic but admittedly, I have a large chest measurement so always have to size up and this can affect fit. There is no comparison to Arcteryx, for example, which fit me perfect. But of course, that is at a much different price point. Nothing is free and MEC products represent a good value apart from some strange sizing.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F - M
size on 12/27/2012 16:01:05 MST Print View

i tried on that particular jacket and found it slightly oversized, not as oversized as some of my other belay jackets ...

but then im a short and stumpy azn ;)

Avery S
(Aveman) - M
perfect fit on 01/14/2013 19:52:25 MST Print View

I bought both the large and medium, and the medium is a perfect fit as a belay parka. Arms are long enough for my monster wingspan (6'4") and it's way less boxy than the DAS. And lighter. And cheaper. 23.5 ounches in large, 23.0 in medium. Definitely a winner.

The large is up on Gear Swap to save me from having to ship it back to Canada.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
MEC sizing on 01/14/2013 20:24:13 MST Print View

Nice to hear this worked out.

M L
(Ablaut) - F
MEC sizing on 01/14/2013 22:53:12 MST Print View

MEC really does has some strange sizing, not always consistent across all of their pieces. At 6'3", skinny and long arms, none of their jackets have ever fit well. But, I'm THRILLED to find that their latest iterations of the T1-3 grid fleece layers fit perfectly. I would definitely always try on before in person.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F - M
price drops on 01/30/2013 11:24:57 MST Print View

Just a heads up the MEC norther ultra light jacket has dropped to 59$ at the MEC site.

If anyone purchased it within 30 days, then you can get MEC to refund you the difference.

and if you havent that is a SICK deal on 135-200g/m belay class PL1 synth puffy

also note that the MEC 100g/m PL1 jacket has dropped to 49$

and MEC gives 1% back to the planet just like some other company ;)

http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/ClearanceItems/MensClothing.jsp

Edited by bearbreeder on 01/30/2013 11:26:22 MST.

Avery S
(Aveman) - M
T2 Hoody on 01/30/2013 11:27:34 MST Print View

The T2 hoody, I believe similar to Capilene 4 Hoody, is also $25!

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F - M
T2 on 01/30/2013 11:44:47 MST Print View

the newer T2 is a bit lighter than a cap4 i believe ...

think very active base layer that costs 25$ yet has MEC no quetions asked warranty, not that youd ever want to send it back for the price ... and is made in CANADA

George Davis
(nsiderbam) - F

Locale: mid-Atlantic
Re: T2 on 01/30/2013 11:52:52 MST Print View

I love the T3 hoodie and so couldn't pass up a chance to get a T2 hoodie for $25 plus shipping.

For the record, I'm 5'9"ish, 160lbs with an athletic build and the T3 in medium sizing fits great.

Edited by nsiderbam on 01/30/2013 11:54:02 MST.