Join Date: Jan 2009
Bikes: More than 1, but, less than S-1
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I understand and agree with most of what you're presenting. But, can't agree with, "we don't seem that different". There is definate body composition difference between the U.S. and europe. http://visual.ly/weight-world
Average BMI in the U.S. of 29, Italy 25, France 24. Yep, they're skinnier than the average American. Over a third of Americans are classified as Obese.
But, on the subject size variation. It's actually a good thing that companies use different forms for their sizing. While it doesn't guarantee that the model we desire will fit us, it does provide us the opportunity to find a brand that "fits" our morphology better than the others. Not all XL riders are created equal. Some will be taller than others. Some will have a large chest and defined "V" shape. Others will be the exact opposite.
I do suffer the same frustration with regard to poor quality control and variation within a brand and style. I've started taking several of an item I want into the changing room and trying them all on to find the one that fits the best. Some times I can find as much as a two size variation in the items on a rack that share the same tag size. Store clerks report it is a tremendously frustrating issue for them. And, it significanlty impacts one's ability to purchase with confidence from online sources. If I were a size that the shops could afford to stock, that wouldn't be as much a concern.
But, kudos to Road Holland for trying to fight these issues.
Birth Certificate, Passport, Marriage License Driver's License and Residency Permit all say I'm a Fred. I guess there's no denying it.