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Base layers fit

Old 12-17-15, 03:04 AM
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Base layers fit

I just got a nice Giordana long sleeve winter base layer on sale. They actually sent me the wrong size which was one size too small. I was going to just send the thing back, but its got me to wondering, how are these things supposed to fit? I can get it on but its pretty snug. Its made of pretty stretchy material but I have to tug at the material to get it to shift into place. The length is fine everywhere. Should I just hang onto it?
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Old 12-17-15, 05:48 AM
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Normally it's intended to be form-fitting, so it's not going to fall into place once you've got your head and arms through it if that's what you were expecting.
I have the opposite problem. With cyclist arms, base layers designed for any other kind of athlete (or otherwise normal person) can be too loose there and look like pajamas. Under a jacket or long sleeve jersey, it doesn't make a difference, but whatever is exposed you'll want to be snug, or else wrinkles and flappy bits will act like cooling fins.
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Old 12-17-15, 07:33 AM
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Base layer fitting is all about shoulders. If they don't feel to thight on shoulders they are a nice fit.
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Old 12-17-15, 09:02 AM
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I can get my long sleeve base layer shirts on fine it's the taking them off that is difficult. Sounds to me like yours fits.
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Old 12-17-15, 11:45 AM
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I've gotten a couple that barely cover the navel.

This is supposed to be for cycling!

Is the bare-midriff look coming back in style?
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The shoulder is a good way to gauge fit. If it's too tight in the shoulder/armpit area...then it's a no go. Length is the the other. It should be long enough for you to tuck into your bib. If you lift your arms and it shows your midsection...then it may be a bit too small.
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Old 12-17-15, 07:12 PM
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Snug, but not constricting. It's mostly your call, I don't like stuff that's really loose, but yours sounds to tight to me.
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Thanks guys, I've pretty much decided to keep it, especially since I got it on sale. I'd hate to get a bigger size and it be loose when this one fits pretty snug.
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Thanks guys, I've pretty much decided to keep it, especially since I got it on sale. I'd hate to get a bigger size and it be loose when this one fits pretty snug.
I've had stuff that's to tight and regretted keeping it before. If it was I would see if they could send you the size you originally ordered, then return whichever one fit worse. Of course if you have extra money you can always experiment to.
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For baselayers, I would rather go too snug than too loose. I want it to be flat, with no bunching, under my outerlayers.
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For baselayers, I would rather go too snug than too loose. I want it to be flat, with no bunching, under my outerlayers.
I don't like spending time with any layer making me uncomfortable on the bike if I can help it. I've sometimes had problems with to loose not trapping the heat, but never bunching personally. I'd rather have something that fits right than have it to tight.
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I like my base layer to be very tight, just make sure it does not affect movement or comfort.
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