Jacket sizes range from XS, S, M and L. There are also XL jackets, 2X, 3X, 4X and 5X. Other companies use numbers like 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50 up to 54. Some companies may use other sizing conventions.
Measure along the chest under your armpits. Make sure there is a space between your body and your tape measure. The space should be a couple of finger widths. Now use a size chart to find the one that fits you. Go for the larger size if you are between sizes. Next you have to bend your elbow. Measure the distance from your neck side up to your elbow. Measure to your thumb’s base. Using a chart, you will know if you have to go with a long or regular size.
Guide for Buying a Jacket
Aside from jacket sizes and the style, you also have to take a look at its waterproofing capability. A jacket must be breathable. The primary purpose of this jacket is to protect you from the elements. A stylish jacket is useless if you keep getting wet. You also want to make sure you don’t end up sweating when you put it on.
Waterproof and Breathability Ratings
Breathability is determined by g or gm. Waterproofing is usually measured in mm. The higher the number on either one, the better it will be. Choose the rating that is best suited for the weather in your area.
For dry climates, breathability of 3,000 g will be sufficient. If you are snowboarding in Colorado, 5,000 waterproofing rating is sufficient. If the weather is wet, a 20,000 waterproofing will be required.
You also have to decide if your jacket fits with the gear you are using. Also remember that jackets are available in a variety of styles. Some are loose, others are tight; others are baggy while some are slim. They are also sold in numerous colors and textures.
They also have various features. Jackets for mountaineering and snowboarding have several elements to protect your body. You can find a lot of these on the Internet.
Jacket sizes charts can be seen on the Internet. If you aren’t sure what to buy, take a look at the Internet first. It is easier to compare their features. You will also find it easier to assess the price. Of course you can also buy in retail stores.