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Lightweight, welded, and fully waterproof and breathable.

No matter what the weather throws at you, you'll feel unstoppable with the Backcountry Men's Stash Shell. This is a four-season shell that weighs just 13 ounces and offers protection from the elements whether you're hiking, skiing, running, or backpacking. The Bombshell fabric breathes like a champion, and the ascetic design forgoes bells and whistles in favor of simplicity and reliability. Most technical shells of this nature have untaped seams or only the most critical seams taped, but the Stash has all welded seams that fully lock out moisture so you stay bone dry through the nastiest downpours or snowstorms. After you put this jacket through the paces, you'll wonder why you wasted your time within anything else.

  • 20K-rated waterproof fabric offers supreme protection from downpours, heavy snow, and precipitation
  • 20K-rated breathability allows the fabric to transfer sweaty moisture from inside the shell outward and away from your body
  • Bombshell Lite fabric uses mechanical-stretch construction to offer supreme flexibility that moves with you as you slide, climb, and trek through the hills
  • Fully welded construction eliminates opportunities for leaks to occur at the seams and improves overall durability
  • 3-D ergonomic fit means that you can move your shoulders, arms, and torso without experiencing binding or feeling held back in any way
  • Fully-adjustable hood easily fits over a ski or climbing helmet so you can protect your head and face when a storm rolls in mid-session

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4 5

Fit is indeed pretty trim...

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

I am 5'6", 40" chest, 170 lbs, and my first impression was that this shell (size medium) was a bit tighter than I'd like. Then I put on the hadron down jacket under it (also medium), and it still felt a little snug (I should add that I also had a tshirt and short sleeve button up on already). Here's the thing though- I moved around in both quite a bit, just to see if I hit any sticking points on the fit. I did not! I think that the extra length on the sleeves helps to allow movement while maintaining a trimmer fit.

Bottom line- Really nice shell, looks to be high quality- fit is close, but if you like that (I like to avoid getting hung up on things, so I dig it), you're in business and can still move with either a couple thin layers or a single thicker (not super thick) layer under it. This jacket is looking forward to a winter in Seattle!

4 5

GOAT IS GOOD

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

Great price on a no nonsense shell. I needed a size larger than I normally wear in most jackets?fit is a little trim (I got the size larger in the Stash than the backcountry.com branded Hadron down jacket I often pair the stash with). I?ve got cloudveil, Patagonia, arc teryx and north face shells. For what this is targeted at?lightweight, waterproof, breathable?I think the stash is on par and better value for most of my needs. I reach for this as much or more for hikes, backcountry skiing, fly fishing and just bumming around. This and the hadron will probably be my new gear combo for lightweight outdoor pursuits. If the fit and color and house-branding work for you, tough to find better value in a lightweight shell.

3 5

who has arms this long?

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

190lbs, 5?11?, 44? chest, 31? waist, 16? biceps ordered a large. Fit well with a thin baselayer, not too tight. Ended up returning because the arms were about 2-3? too long. The arms are also pretty narrow, so if you have a bigger upper body, might be difficult to layer. If I was just using it as a summer only jacket, I would probably opt for a medium. Length was also good.

The jacket performed well, if you aren?t wearing a helmet or a hat, the hood is awkward and doesn?t adjust well enough to wear without a piece of head gear. Pit zips and zippers are nice and function well. If you are tall, linky and skinny, order your normal size - you will love how it fits. For the price?it?s hard to beat. The material is weird too, has like a subdued checkering due to the way the fabric is manufactured.

Im planning on getting this jacket, but...

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Im planning on getting this jacket, but sizing is a question. Im 150 5'11 and pretty lanky, If I wanted to fit a puffy (OR transcendent hoodie) under it, should I go for a Large?

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Hey Blake,

I have a slightly smaller build than you and typically fit in a Medium in Stoic gear and I typically like things to be a little loose fitting. Since it sounds like you know what gear you are going to be layering with I suggest getting your chest measurement with that gear on and comparing it against the size chart to see which size will fit you best.

5 5

Above and Beyond

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This jacket exceeded my expectations.
Weather:
I have worn this jacket while running, biking, climbing, hiking and camping all through heavy rain and have staid quite dry during it all. It breathes well and you can dump any excess heat through the pit vents. Zippers seem to keep moisture out of the the pockets yet can leak ever so much during down pours.
Fit:
I am 6'2 190 pounds and the large fits great. It is hard for me to find clothes that fit due to my long arms, long torso, and broad shoulders yet I don't like having an immense amount of fabric hanging around my waist. This is the first jacket to ever cover my wrists and fit my shoulders and fit snug enough around the waist. It fits great with just a T-shirt or layered with a sweatshirt, but I usually run hot, so if you're cold blooded and need multiple layers you may want to go up a size.
Quality:
The material is built like a champ, I have rubbed it repeatedly on rock while climbing and snagged it numerous times on hikes, but it still has no worn or torn spots. The interior feels comfortable on the skin it does not have the plasticy or sticky feeling that others have.
Setup/ features:
I love the minimalism the jacket offers just enough of what you need without leaving you wanting for more. The hood is large enough to fit a helmet comfortably(Bike, or climb) but doesn't leave your head swimming without.
Design:
This is my go to jacket for ever outing where the weather looks to be beautiful ( I live the the Pacific North West, so that means raining) Its wears great in the mountains but is still stylish enough to wear to a bar or out to dinner with friends.
Price:
1/2 the price for the same quality. I got this jacket on sale so I guess you could say 1/4 the price.
Overview:
This is not the jacket for everyone;You may be built differently or want a bunch of colors to choose from, but if you want a well priced rain coat that will last longer in the back country then you will then this is the jacket for you.

4 5

Great Price / Runs a Tad Small

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
  • Fit: Runs small

I gave this as a gift and the recipient loved it. It does run a bit small but it a great piece as a great price.

This doesn't have that crinkly sound or feeling that the Gore-Tex jackets have. So for some that is a huge plus.

But seriously, where can you get this type of waterproofing and windproofing for that little coin??

The person I have this to traditionally wears an XL for jackets and this was a bit snug on him. So for him, there is no room for him to properly layer. He'll get by with just a baselayer.

Normally I wear a Medium in some jackets (MHW Ghost Whisperer or TNF Summit Series Jackets) and a Large in others (BDE Dawn Patrol Softshell) but for this particular jacket, I'd be rocking a Large.

It's a great jacket but I give it 4 stars due to the fit.

Jared D.
Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055

4 5

Great shell! Small cuffs though

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

When i got this jacket i was super stoked on it! I'm 5'8", 160lbs, i like my jackets to cover my butt especially when they have no snow skirt so the XL worked great for me. My only buff with this jacket is the cuffs! i do a lot of snowboarding touring, my first time touring with this jacket i realized right in the beginning the cuffs were going to be a bit of a pain, just hard to tuck your gloves in under the sleeves, especially with frozen hands. However, if you plan to wear small gloves or no gloves this won't pose a problem for you. Great jacket though, pretty bombproof shell.

I'm 6'1 180 lbs, just wondering if I should...

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I'm 6'1 180 lbs, just wondering if I should go with a L or XL. I'd like to have enough room underneath to have a base layer and a technical fleece on without feeling cramped.

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The large will be right for you size and will give you enough room for layering underneath.

4 5

Can't wait to try it out!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

Nice lightweight shell! Welded seams looked really nice. The fabric felt similar to a Pertex Shield jacket that I have. I am 5'8 & 155 lbs. and ended up going with a size large. This was to accommodate a down sweater for layering. The medium was difficult to zip up. The cut of the jacket is on the trim side, which is what I was after. The length was great, not too long. The bad parts of the fit are the gorilla length arms and the diameter of the cuffs. I understand the reasoning for the length to maintain coverage when reaching, but it seems a little excessive. I wish the cuffs had larger openings so that I could have an easier time getting them over my gloves. The zipper tends to catch on the internal storm flap. Wish the zipper pulls were a little larger to be easier to grab with gloves. Overall, pretty nice shell for a good price. Can't wait to use it.

Does the laminate breathe by direct venting...

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Does the laminate breathe by direct venting or by an adsorption-diffusion-desorption process?

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The laminate is a hydrophilic membrane ( non porous). Its test data shows ratings for Breathability (MVP)43,500G.
Link below has more information on the technology of the fabric.
http://www.pinguincz.cz/en/gelanots.htm

5 5

Great Shell

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

Used the shell for a weekend. It breathes great, very comfortable and softer and not nearly as stiff as other shells i have owned. Very comfortable and the quality was pretty impressive. I loved how small it can pack down and how light it was. I returned my small for a medium.

4 5

one of the best shells I own.

picked this up on sale recently, and I have to say, this jacket is designed really well. interior material feel reminds me of eVent, but much softer. all the seams are sealed shut. hood is spacious, but only because it can accommodate a helmet. back of the neck area, near the hood, has a nice microfleece piece so your neck doesn't get annoyed with the fabric. 2 outer pockets also have microfleece on the inside portion. inner stash pocket has a hole for headphones. extremely lightweight, packs down pretty well. minimal zipper design is really nice, ykk zippers with a short cord pull. sleeves are about 2 inches longer than my other jackets, but it's fine. sleeve ends are slightly curved, as are the velcro pieces, so that your palms aren't obstructed by the jacket, and the tops of your hands are more protected. fit is slim, could probably have a base, shirt, and lightweight fleece layer if needed.

all in all, a pretty nice piece to have, even for around the city.