Nice vest but poor fit

Reviewed by Grad Student on a Budget from Cambridge, UK on Monday, February 2, 2015
It's a shame that such a nice vest has such a poor fit. Much like the Jack Wolfskin sweater fleece jacket that I also bought, this vest is too short and boxy for my body type. For reference, I am an hourglassy smallish-medium size: broad-shouldered, 5'5", 34C bust, 27" waist, and 38.5"hips. I bought a small (in the navy color) and a medium (in the taupe color). Here is my take on this:

PROS: This vest feels to me very well constructed. It appears to have a generous amount of down in it, and feels like it would keep me pretty warm. The colors in person are attractive neutrals. I like the gentle elastic at the armholes - it gave a snug fit and didn't let wind in. I also liked that the shoulders seemed broad enough.

CONS: The fit of this was awful for my body type. First of all, it was far too short. It fell somewhere between the top of my jeans and where the pocket openings are, and it would have showed my midriff if I raised my arms. I'm 5'5", and have a slightly longer than normal torso, but nothing out of the ordinary. Second of all, this vest looked like a men's vest: straight lines with no shape at all. My shape is very hourglassy, but you definitely couldn't tell with this vest on. I'm fine with down vests being somewhat shapeless, but this one was pretty extreme. Also, the bust was uncomfortably tight in the small, although the small seemed to fit best all over besides the bust (and the length). The medium fit better in the bust, but had a lot of room in the waist, and some in the hips. Most of the other vests I ordered from STP fit me better (Lowe Alpine, Rab, Marmot, Mountain Hardwear). This would fit someone shorter, with a small bust, who either has a more boxy/boyish body or perhaps someone who is a bit more pear-shaped than I am.


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