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So here goes again... This is my 4th or 5th year in the Lofoten jacket and bibs from Norrona. The series has really dialed in fit, design, function and quality build. The media pocket (inside breast pocket), has a small slit to accommodate headphone wiring. The pocket is small however, and will definitely not accommodate an iPhone 5 with a life proof case. I wish this pocket was built into the outside left napoleon pocket to access without having to open the whole jacket up, but maybe in the future. The other major update is the color schemes. With all of their jackets and bibs, all colors in the season are compatible with one another (the zippers accessorize with all bibs). The napoleon pockets are the same as last year and function well with a harness (for those ski mountaineers out there). The pit zips are gargantuan, allowing for awesome venting. There are no hand pockets in this jacket, so you have to use your pits zips to access other layer pockets or the napoleon pockets. The left napoleon pocket also boasts a cleaning cloth on a leash for goggles. the hand cuffs have gaiters with thumb loops that are not removable. The gaiters are a soft elastin material with a lot of flex. The wrist cuffs elongate over the hand to tuck well into a glove. For sizing, I am 5'10 165lbs and a 33 inch waist. This jacket fits me perfect in the medium. The sleeve length and the body allows for a few base layers. With several layers I still have the ability to still make dynamic movements. The interior waist has a built in powder skirt. The skirt has 4 snap buttons (2 on the front and 2 on the back), in order for the jacket to snap into the bibs in the lofoten line. The skirt also has a silicone strip that grips to the corresponding bibs. All in all this is one of the best-built jackets on the market. You will not regret your purchase.
First of all, this is my 4th -5th year in this Lofoten line of bibs and jacket. The bibs are almost identical to last years, but a few modifications from years past. 1st, the bibs front pockets are external (meaning they pouch out, instead of flush with the gortex material and pouching into the leg). This does a couple of things. It gives you more room for storage on the thigh pockets and makes for a more comfortable ride. 2nd the bibs colors (zippers and bibs) are coordinated with any of the jackets in the series, so all colors get along. This pricing has gone up considerably from years past these bibs use to go for 550 or there abouts in the past. Now on to the specifics. The YKK zippers are bomb, and super durable. They are going to last seasons. The waterproof seams are going to wear over time, but they will give you a few years to get your moneys worth depending on how much use they get (remember they have a 5 year warranty). The bibs themselves have a loose fit (considering you bought the right size for you). The fit allows for plenty of dynamic movement and allows you room to breath. Obviously the GTX pro shell gives you 9 billion pores/ square inch to stop unwanted condensation and heat. Now these bibs will allow for a harness and it seats really nice for those ski mountaineers like myself! On to the fit... Well I am 5'10" 165lbs with a 33 inch waist and 32 inch inseam. I have worn these and continue to wear them in the medium, which gives me great length and coverage. I have extra room in the waist for layering (usually a mid layer and an extra mid layer when temps dip). I would say I have an extra 2.5-3 inches around. The bibs are adjustable and my height fits the shoulder straps with room to go up and down. I would say if your 5'11"-6'0" you may be pushing it and large might be for you. Aside from that you will not find a better built bib on the market. The sizing and cut is perfection. Questions, please ask...
Any insight into face size? I have a narrow face and have been rocking the Smith IOS but looking to explore... Any insight would be much appreciated!