Is the Size Chart Accurate, Part 2

What are the special cases and are there some additional rules to follow?

The answer is yes.

Rule #1 Take into account your body composition. Fit in this order: torso, legs, arms.
Rule #2 Be accepting of the fact that your gear will fit 90% perfect.
Rule #3 Choose comfort over the sizing chart.
Rule #4 Where possible, eliminate one piece garments.
Rule #5 Plan your purchase far in advance of your deadline and allow time for returns.

Here are few examples and their solutions:

1. Short Torso, Long Legs: The big problem will be the distance from the shoulders to pelvic area and you need extra length on the bottom. Making the top too large if you fit your legs. Solution: A two piece system. If none available, then fit your legs first and realize your top may be a little big. With some gear, like a triathlon wetsuit, it may be best to fit the torso and live with short legs.

2. Broad Shoulders/Back: Probably the hardest situation to gauge because how broad is broad. Solution: Make sure the brand will accommodate your body. Fit your shoulders foremost. Be accepting of the extra material around your waist and lower body. Your comfort is more important than the garment fitting your whole body.

3. Longer Torso, Short Legs: Fit the torso first. Legs second. Solution: Two piece system. If none, realize that you will have extra material on your legs.

4. Longer Arms: Decide which body part is more important. Torso or arms. More times than not, torso will win. Hopefully, you have a long torso with long arms.

5. Claustrophobic: Sleeveless gear might be the quickest solution. Or size up and a little extra material will go a long way to taking away that feeling.

6. Over 6″ Tall or Over 200 lbs: 80 to 90% of the gear is not made to fit your body. Realize that you are not able to buy any brand in the market and once you do find a brand that works well for you, don’t change. Then follow the rules based on body composition.

Remember sizing is an art form and your comfort is worth the extra time and effort.

Stephen McCarthy

“Attacking Life and Sport Since 2001”

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