Keep comfortable in style with this reversible flight jacket for men. The piece protects you from the elements, including damage from UV rays, while maintaining a modern, fashionable look perfect for almost any active or sports-related occasion....more
I usually wear a Medium to Large shirt size (42" chest, 34" arm length, 16" neck). For wetsuits etc, the sizes seem different, and so for that gear I generally wear an XL. After reading the reviews for this item, and seeing that the sizes run small I decided to try a 2XL. I worried the item would be too large, but upon receiving it (2 weeks later), I could not even get it over my shoulders. I have never seen any adult, mens item labeled at 2XL that was nearly this small, in any form of clothing!
It might be an okay item, but only if you are very small/slim, and you order at least 3 sizes above your normal shirt size. And you'd better get it right, because Overstock refuses to exchange the item for anything other than the same shirt in the SAME SIZE. I'm not sure how that exchange policy makes any sense...
Let me say right off that my shirt size runs between a medium and a large depending on the cut or brand of the shirt. I ordered a large size and what I received is very tight and hard to pull over my shoulders, but I could get it on and once I was wearing it it only felt tight and was not too restrictive in the chest. It would have been a deal breaker if the shirt hampered my ability to breathe because I am an asthmatic, so I was glad to not encounter any problems there.
The thing about wetsuit tops (or neoprene rash guards) like this is that they have to be pretty tight because the neoprene needs to keep most of the water from flushing through the neck and sleeves in order for the shirt to have any heat retention. You really are supposed to order your normal shirt size or maybe one size above if you have exceptionally large head, shoulders or neck (like me, I take a size 8 hat). The top's tightness will initially feel uncomfortable, but after a few uses the neoprene will stretch out a bit and the fit will improve. If you do not order near your normal shirt size there is a chance the top could become too loose with use and as a result you will loose a lot more body heat in cold water.
I would only recommend ordering several sizes up if you really do intend to used this more as a jacket, and want to wear it over your wetsuit to add another layer in cold weather.
The build quality looks fine, not great. The cuff of the sleeve only seem to be partially sewn on one side and the much touted reversibility seems an afterthought. The inside of the shirt (or other side when the jacket is "reversed) only has some color in the sleeves (green), a few stamped on logos, and a really bad dollar sign pattern on the side panels. Other than that it really does look just like you are wearing a inside out neoprene shirt because of the off white fabric backing the neoprene and the black threading which clashes with it. The hem even shows at the bottom of the shirt when wearing it "reversed" and shows about an inch of brown from the other side that has been folded over and sewn to secure the drawstring at the waist.
Finally I really just want to say that I think this is a great buy and I really like how It looks when I'm wearing it. For the price this shirt is perfect, even when O'neil wetsuit tops go on clearance they never get below $**. The reason why this review might seem like a negative one is that i wanted to give an accurate description of what I got (which for the price was better than what I was expecting).
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