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I'm a +5 in the ape index, (6'2" tall, with almost a 6'7" wingspan) Buying nice fitting jackets has never been a luxury I could enjoy. My solution for a while was to buy jackets made for ice climbing, because they are designed to have your arms extended over your head, which made a perfect fit for me for normal use. My problem now is that I'm getting into ice climbing, and my sleeves just aren't long enough when I'm hanging from my tools. I fit most Medium Tall stuff pretty well, the problem is that not many brands make their nice technical gear in a Medium Tall, just the general, more affordable stuff, and they usually end up being a bit long in the body.

What brands of technical wear are out there that have extra long sleeves?

  • Cycling fleeces and jackets usually have longer sleeves. – Val Nov 17 '14 at 9:57
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The UK company Rab have a reputation for selling jackets and tops with longish sleeves. I'm 6'3" (I don't know about 'wingspan') and find quite a lot of their jackets/tops have sleeves more than long enough for me, perhaps a bit too long in some cases!

Also, here is a link to Rab's sizing guide, which also gives sleeve lengths: sizing guide

  • They do look longer in the pictures, but not much longer than typical technical climbing jackets. Imagine each of your arms was about 2" longer, do you think your sleeves would stay at your wrists while you were hanging by your arms? I've never heard of Rab before, thanks for the link. – ShemSeger Nov 14 '14 at 15:06
  • Difficult to say without trying something on, but try googling "rab long arms" and see what I mean. – Paul Lydon Nov 14 '14 at 15:08
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    Apparently 'rab' is also slang for 'Arabian', and 'long arms' can equate to 'automatic rifles'. A google image search for 'rab long arms' returns almost as many pictures of terrorist arsenals as it does a clothing brand... – ShemSeger Nov 14 '14 at 15:14
  • Hmm, I don't get that. It must be Google using country of origin to base the search on. I just measured my arm spread at 78" (6'6") fingertip to fingertip and my Rab stuff is plenty long enough. – Paul Lydon Nov 14 '14 at 17:28
  • No? Maybe it's just google.ca. My wing span is not even an inch longer than yours, so that is very encouraging! What size is your Rab jacket? – ShemSeger Nov 14 '14 at 17:39

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