Originally Posted by fenris
I'm 6'4" and skinny, and I'm wearing a M/L at the top of the height range, but it works fine.
Fenris- there's a reason Tallboy is called Tallboy- He's 6'8" and skinny. So others might have better luck.
I tried the Willis to get an idea of the newer Astral design (the Green was out but not actually in shops @ the time) before I decided on the 300R. Didn't really like the fit of the Willis design for me (I'm big). I'm sure when I decide to get a new vest I'll try the Green (and whatever else is new at the time) and see if I like it.
I've been pleased with my 300R & don't find it hard to put on. I personally don't think front zip designs are easier because you have to unstrap your rescue belt every time you put it on and then feed it back through. But, to each his own.
- This just reinforces what others have said- hit up a good shop and try a bunch of them on if you can. Most of the companies/jackets named here are high quality, so the important thing with any of these is how well they fit on you
. If you can't move in it then you can't paddle in it. And if you can't paddle in it you'll be swimming in it and if you can't swim in it... well, that means someone else will have to be testing out their vest choice on you. And you wanna avoid that if possible.
Good luck and let us know what you go with.