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Sizing updates to our Men's Shield Jackets and Thermal Long Sleeve Jerseys

We're always striving to make our products the very best they can be. Part of that process is about listening to feedback from the people who buy and wear our clothing week-in, week-out.

With our Cold Weather Collection returning for 2020, this year we've made some important tweaks to our men's Shield Jackets and Thermal Long Sleeve Jersey to ensure a more comfortable fit.

If you've never bought a Thermal Long Sleeve Jersey or Shield Jacket from us before, stop reading this now and scroll straight down to our 2020 Size Guides section below. There you'll find loads of helpful information about how to measure yourself and find your perfect size. You'll also be able to find a size guide at the bottom of each product page when our new pieces go live. 

If you have bought a Thermal Long Sleeve Jersey or Shield Jacket previously and want to find out how last year's sizing compares to this year's, keep reading.

Men's Long Sleeve Thermal Jerseys

One resounding piece of feedback we got on our men's Thermal Long Sleeves is that they could all do with being a bit bigger. We hear you. It's winter, you want more room for extra layers, and maybe even the option of having an extra bit of Christmas cake should the opportunity present itself. 

While we're still categorising them as Close Fit garments, we have made our Long Sleeve Thermal Jerseys a bit more roomy. We've also introduced a new 'Waist/Belly' column to our size guide, to give you an even better idea of how things will fit.

If you have one of our Black or Yellow Thermal Long Sleeve Jerseys from 2019 and really like the fit, we've compiled a chart below of the changes we've made to help you find your size.

We'd also recommend that you scroll down and check out our new 2020 Size Guide and double check what size you fall into before ordering.

2020 SIZE What's changed?
XS This is the equivalent of our 2019 S
S This is the equivalent of our 2019 M
M This is the equivalent of our 2019 L
L This is bigger than 2019's XL, but smaller than 2019's 2XL. If you're unsure of where you now sit, we'd recommend having a look at our new size chart
XL This is the equivalent of our 2019 3XL
2XL It's a brand new size! If you found last year's 3XL a little too snug and wished you could just go a size up, this could be the one for you. Have a look at our size chart for more info and get measured up
3XL Another brand new size! Have a look at our size chart for more info and get measured up


Men's Shield Jackets

Listening to sizing feedback after the release of our Shield Jackets last year, the main takeaway was that while those wearing smaller sizes thought they fit great, those at the larger end thought they could be a little bigger.

So, we've introduced a new sizing system to allow us to make the bigger sizes bigger, while keeping the smaller ones the same. 

We've also introduced a new 'Waist/Belly' column to our size guide, to give you an even better idea of how things will fit.

If you have one of our Black or Yellow Shield Jackets from 2019 and really like the fit, we've compiled a chart below of the changes we've made to help you find your size.

We'd also recommend that you scroll down and check out our new 2020 Size Guide and double check what size you fall into before ordering.

2020 SIZE What's changed?
XS No change
S No change
M No change
L This is bigger than 2019's L, but smaller than 2019's XL. If you're unsure of where you now sit, we'd recommend having a look at our new size chart
XL Equivalent of 2019 2XL
2XL This is slightly bigger than 2019's 3XL, but smaller than what would have been a 4XL. If you're unsure of where you now sit, we'd recommend having a look at our new size chart
3XL This is a brand new size! If you found last year's 3XL too snug and wished you could just go up a size, this could be the one for you. Have a look at our size chart for more info and get measured up

Breaking The Rules

The eagle eyed amongst you have probably notice that sizes L to 3XL don't follow the same pattern as the sizes below them.

The reason behind this lies in the second common request we've received over the past year - to introduce bigger jersey and jacket sizes generally. But at the same time, we understand that no one wants to have to pull on a 4XL or 5XL unnecessarily.

After much thought and testing over the past year, we worked out a way to both accommodate a larger range of riders and hopefully help a few people drop down a size or two.

To do this, we went back and re-wrote some of our manufacturer scaling 'rules' of our Thermal Long Sleeves and Shield Jackets – rules that, for example, tell the manufacturer that the chest measurement of a jersey should increase by X centimetres for each new size. Once set, these rules typically stay the same for all sizes. But we realised that while they work for the lower end of our sizing, they don't always work for all sizes.

So we spent time with a range of real riders to understand the issues they have when finding kit that fits, took measurements, and used all of this information to make changes to the rules – changes which include increasing the scaling up between our larger sizes. 

We first introduced these new scaling rules earlier this year on our Cruiser Jerseys. The feedback was great and we immediately saw a drop in returns of our larger sizes. 

So, while we know change can feel a bit annoying at first, we're confident that it'll be worth it.

 

2020 Size Guides

Men's Long Sleeve Thermal Jersey

How To Measure Up

  1. CHEST: Start by measuring your chest all the way around at the fullest part with your arms by your sides. Don't rely on your shirt or suit size. Then use this number to see which size options you fall into from our size chart below.
  2. WAIST: Next, measure your waist all the way around at the fullest part. This'll usually be around your belly button. Don't rely on your jeans or trousers size. Then use this number to see where you fall on our size chart. If your chest and waist measurements put you in two different size brackets, we'd recommend opting for the larger size.
  3. SLEEVE AND ZIP LENGTH: Use the numbers in the sleeve and zip length columns to work out how each size will fit on you, and make sure you're happy with the lengths. Keep in mind that our Long Sleeve Thermal Jersey has a dropped collar, so the zip will start about where your collar bones meet.
  4. FIT: Consider how you want your kit to fit. Do you like it quite close fitting? Or prefer it a little looser? Make sure your chosen size reflects how you like to wear it.
  5. TRYING ON: When trying on your new jersey, we recommend you do so with a pair of cycling shorts or tights as this will give you the most accurate gauge of how it’s going to feel when you’re on your bike. And remember that ultimately, our kit is designed to be worn on a bike – not up right in front of a mirror. So while we ask you not to actually use the kit when trying on, it’s a good idea to position yourself in your regular riding position and see how it feels.
CM XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Chest 81 - 92 92 - 96 96 - 101 101 - 106 106 - 112 112 - 117 117 - 123
Waist (Belly) up to 82 up to 86 up to 90 up to 96 up to 104 up to 110 up to 116
Zip Length 47.5 49 50.5 52 54 56 58
Sleeve Length 62 64 66 68 70 72 74
CM XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Chest 32 - 36 36 - 38 38 - 40 40 - 42 42 - 44 44 - 46 46 - 48
Waist (Belly) 32 34 35 38 41 43 45.5
Zip Length 18.5 19 20 20.5 21 22 23
Sleeve Length 24.5 25 26 27 27.5 28

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If you're still in doubt, email us on talktome@attacus.cc

Men's Shield Jackets

How To Measure Up

  1. CHEST: Start by measuring your chest all the way around at the fullest part with your arms by your sides. Don't rely on your shirt or suit size. Then use this number to see which size options you fall into from our size chart below.
  2. WAIST: Next, measure your waist all the way around at the fullest part. This'll usually be around your belly button. Don't rely on your jeans or trousers size. Then use this number to see where you fall on our size chart. If your chest and waist measurements put you in two different size brackets, we'd recommend opting for the larger size.
  3. SLEEVE AND ZIP LENGTH: Use the numbers in the sleeve and zip length columns to work out how each size will fit on you, and make sure you're happy with the lengths. Keep in mind that our Shield Jacket has a high collar, so the zip will start just below your chin.
  4. FIT: Consider how you want your kit to fit. Do you like it quite close fitting? Or prefer it a little looser? Make sure your chosen size reflects how you like to wear it.
  5. TRYING ON: When trying on your new Shield Jacket, we recommend you do so with a pair of cycling shorts or tights as this will give you the most accurate gauge of how it’s going to feel when you’re on your bike. If you’re planning to wear the jacket as an outer garment, see how it feels with your other kit underneath. And remember that ultimately, our kit is designed to be worn on a bike – not upright in front of a mirror. So while we ask you not to actually use the kit when trying on, it’s a good idea to position yourself in your regular riding position and see how it feels.
CM XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Chest 81 - 92 92 - 96 96 - 101 101 - 106 106 - 112 112 - 117 117 - 123
Waist (Belly) up to 80 up to 84 up to 88 up to 94 up to 102 up to 108 up to 114
Zip Length 53 55 57 59 61.5 63.5 65.5
Sleeve Length (Including Storm Cuff) 62 64 66 68 70 72 74
INCHES XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Chest 32 - 36 36 - 38 38 - 40 40 - 42 42 - 44 44 - 46 46 - 48
Waist (Belly) up to 31 up to 33 up to 34.5 up to 37 up to 40 up to 42.5 up to 45
Zip Length 21 21.5 22.5 23 24 25 26
Sleeve Length (Including Storm Cuff) 24.5 25 26 27 27.5 28 29

If you're still in doubt, email us on talktome@attacus.cc

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