Originally Posted by knucks
Anyone know the difference between the "alaska" and "seattle" fit?
I tried on a 44 cruiser (alaska fit) and will try a 42 when my local store gets it.
But I am interested in the 'seattle' fit as the one I tried on is a bit roomy..
Also, seems like the Made in USA coats are all made out of 'imported' material. Anyone else notice that?
I have been to the main store in Seattle and have tried both alaska and seattle fit coats, and inf fact I posted about it 2-3 weeks ago:http://www.styleforum.net/t/133759/filson-bag-thread-with-pictures/4050#post_7331961
The Seattle fit is very "fitted" while the Alaskan fit is more "baggy" or "roomy". And that is on purpose. The Alaska fit is meant to allow for 1-2 internal layers of clothing, and then the jacket on top of everything. Not so with the Seattle fit, which fits closer to the body, and allows very little room for additional layers.
My sport coat/suit size is 40 regular. I used to have size 38 Cruiser and a size 40 Cruiser in the "thin" wool - the Alaskan Tuxedo version. I sold them both, but I clearly remember how they fit me:
- the size 38 was just like a fitted coat, and it was a little too tight when driving (again, like a suit jacket).
- the size 40 was roomier, and allowed plenty of movement when driving.
=> This is "exactly" like the Seattle fit vs. Alaskan fit medium felt, and it is why I returned the Seattle fit and kept the Alaska fit.
Of course, what complicates things, is that you might be in "between" those two sizes: the Seattle might be a tad too tight, while the Alaskan might be a tad too big. Best would be to try both before buying, but of course that is not always practical. What my wife likes to do (when faced with the same challenge) is that she orders both, and returns the one that does not fit well - which again is not always practical/affordable to do.