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Old 08-14-18, 02:14 PM
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Road bike clothing suppliers sizing

I recently purchased two cycling jackets from an online supplier. One from Pearl Izumi and the other Mavic. I'm 5'11.5" 170lbs and bought size Large in both. The Izumi was snug but fit while the Mavic was uncomfortably small; I plan to return it.

I've done some research since and found that there is considerable fluctuation in sizing between the various road bike clothing suppliers. I make the majority of my purchases through online merchants and am not afforded to luxury of trying on a garment before buying it.

Are there any companies that are notorious for misizing their clothing?
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Old 08-14-18, 03:36 PM
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I can wear a medium short, except the legs are way too tight from several manufacturers. Seems like they should know better.
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Old 08-14-18, 03:44 PM
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Yea. Sizes all over the tape....

....some discount places don't say gender either...
Check the return policy before ordering.

When you find a good fit, save that site, supplier & brand,
& if you like it .... (especially bibs ) order a couple more to get same year & model

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Old 08-14-18, 04:20 PM
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Bike clothing tends to run small. Bike clothing made by European companies tends to run really small.
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Old 08-14-18, 04:53 PM
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Check Amazon, even if you don't buy from them. Most of the apparel listings include the manufacturer's sizing charts. Sometimes they'll include the size charts for many cycling apparel makers, so it's easy to compare the differences -- which are usually slight.

Also, Amazon asks customers for feedback on fit. I've found those are pretty good guides to actual fit, more useful than Amazon's star ratings. With star ratings, some customers will give one star even if they had only a minor complaint ("Great product! Best I've ever tried! Great value too! Didn't like the color of the package, which I threw away three seconds after opening. One star.").

But customers seem to be more honest with the sizing guidelines. So if size ratings and written reviews indicate a jersey runs small, I'll buy the next size up since I'm on the cusp between medium and larger. So far, so good.
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Backcountry will let you try on garments for free.

They ship them and only charge you for what you want to keep. A free UPS return label is provided to return what you don't want.

You have to work with one of their gearheads. Mine ships stuff all the time - shoes, expensive jackets - and I'm only charged for what I keep.


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Old 08-14-18, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Bike clothing tends to run small. Bike clothing made by European companies tends to run really small.
That's what I've found, If you wear a Large in American, go XL for European and XXL if it's from China
Also watch out the same garment can come is Race cut or Club cut.
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Old 08-17-18, 05:31 AM
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Castelli is generally on the small side
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Originally Posted by Falchoon View Post
Castelli is generally on the small side
I think this is true for Italian manufacturers generally. Don't forget, though, that Assos, Castelli and the like are designing for racers so it is intentionally a snug fit. My Castelli shorts are XL where normally I'd wear L (6ft, 172 lbs).
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Old 08-17-18, 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Bike clothing made by European companies tends to run really small.
Yep. Was in Italy for a couple weeks of riding in 2013. Was wearing large in U.S. jerseys. Stopped in a high-end LBS and saw some kits I really liked. Tried on a 2XL jersey. Wasn't happening, so I didn't even bother with a bibs. One guy in our group was a M is U.S. Not a big guy at all. Really liked one jersey he saw. The XL was just a bit too small.
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Old 08-17-18, 08:12 AM
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Originally Posted by amazinmets73 View Post
Are there any companies that are notorious for misizing their clothing?
There are no standards, so no one is mis-sizing. Buying any clothing sized by S, M, L, XL, etc., is not like buying a pint, quart, gallon, etc., of milk.
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Certainly not unique to cycling clothes in my experience. True for just about everything one can wear from dress shirts to underwear to whatever.

Before online shopping, it wasn't really an issue as you could try things on. Now you pays your money and takes your chances unless you work with someplace that has free returns. It's the price you pay for being able to shop for the lowest price.
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Old 08-17-18, 10:22 AM
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It's not mis-sizing. It's just their sizing. Every mfr is different to varying extents.

If your online retailer doesn't also post the sizing chart for that specific product, then you should do some research and go to the mfr's website or a use a different retailer.
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Originally Posted by Jarrettsin View Post
That's what I've found, If you wear a Large in American, go XL for European and XXL if it's from China
Also watch out the same garment can come is Race cut or Club cut.
"Large" Castelli jersey v. "large" American golf shirt:

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There are difference in EU and NA sizing labels, when i buy new clothting look for advanced size charts
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I'm exactly 5'10" and weigh about 155-60. I wear medium street clothing and I buy... medium Castelli or similarly sized European cycling stuff. IMO, this comes down to personal preference. What some people might call "uncomfortably tight" might be just what I'm looking for. Cycling clothing is designed to stretch-fit, it's supposed to be tight. Also, European road cycling clothing is designed to be comfortable in a bent over road position and can pull at your shoulders if you're standing with your arms at your side. Again, this might bother some people and be perfect for others.

Personally, I've found snug fitting stuff that's fitted to a riding position is more comfortable, warmer in winter, cooler in summer, flaps less in the wind and chafes less. I even (horror of horrors) wear lycra on a mountain bike as it's just more comfortable. Whenever I read reviews online that call a piece of cycling clothing "ridiculously small! order two sizes larger!", I'm thinking that sounds perfect.

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