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    I bought this for my wife and hoped for the best based on sizing and colour complaints...needless to say I worried for nothing! My wife loves it so much she wears it everywhere...and when she used it on a New Year hike (temps from 15-29) as a shell it performed flawlessly. I usually don't buy stor brand stuff but backcountry is def an exception from now on.

    Wish I could love this jacket...

      Okay, I'd like to offer a disclaimer that I had huge hopes for this jacket (mostly because I creeped on everyday until it was 50% off) and these hopes made me have some big disappointments.
      I loved the grape color of the jacket. I wish that I could find another jacket in that color with the specifications I want. I also loved eVent. It kept me protected, but didn't get too sweaty, even without the pit zips. But I have always been a size small (5'4" 118lbs) but everything was too short. The jacket kept riding up and the sleeves were oh so short (although my friends reminded me that I'm a freak of nature with really long arms). Ultimately, even though I loved the color and eVent and style, it was just too short! It you want this jacket...then SIZE UP! Maybe then the sleeves will fit and then you can also layer underneath for added warmth.

      Elitist ladies need not wear

        Wow, I am shocked by how condescending the women are on here. Leave it to woman to get offended that Backcountry is offering woman's coats in women's colors! How archaic!!! [dripping with sarcasm].

        I got this coat for my wife for Christmas, despite the fact that I totally agree buying a gift for a woman is demeaning [sarcasm] and she loves it. We went skiing and we had to do a bit of climbing in some areas, and she said it breathed very well, which is good as it doesn't have pit zips. She looks great in the pink color, although I married her for her inner beauty {hot snow-bunny}. It was beautiful and sunny out so she couldn't test the waterproofness. I will be picking up an Event coat for myself as soon as one shows up on SAC.

        I almost forgot to mention I am writing this review for my wife because I bought it not because I am oppressing her individuality. :P


          I ordered a small but definitely needed a medium. (I'm 5'7" 130lbs small on top and big hips.) The small was too snug through the hips and made the jacket ride up a little. Also, I found the small to be too short. On the plus side, the sleeves are long, which is nice.

          Awesome coat!

            This coat runs a bit on the smaller side, so I'd suggest sizing up if you want to layer. I normally wear a 12 and bought this in an XL. The XL fits perfectly and allows me to layer a fleece and/or sweater underneath. Sleeves are nice and long, which is great for my long arms. Very light-weight jacket but blocks the wind nicely and has excellent waterproofing. Wore around town in a snowstorm recently. I haven't had a chance to run it through it's paces on the slopes yet, but will post additional info when I've had a chance to test it out.

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              Bought this jacket 2 months ago and even though the snow isnt here yet have already got lots of use out of it. Incredibly waterproof and breathable, wear it commuting to work on my bike on super rainy mornings and also on long hikes where the weather can turn from hot and sunny to cold and stormy really fast and I can leave this jacket on through it all. The fit is really nice, very flattering so it looks stylish out on the town and personally I absolutely love the grape purple, have had a ton of compliments on it. My only sadness is that it doesnt have a powder skirt...but then I knew that when I got it. For anyone who just wants a wicked quality shell without all the bells and whistlers, this is your coat.

              Love eVent, but one caveat

                I'm a huge fan of eVent, but it's really important that you keep it clean. I had an eVent shell that worked great for a season, but it slowly lost its waterproofing. It wasn't the jacket's fault; it was my own–you're supposed to wash eVent often. So follow the tag (which I didn't read) and wash your Stoic shell often.

                Sounds great but ...

                  I agree with another posting - the color is "girly" and it seems like the fit is also sized for someone with a "girlish" figure. I normally wear a small, so ordered the same but the fit around the waist and hip was very tight while the chest and shoulder big, and sleeves too long. I am 5'1", so perhaps this was sized for someone who is taller but the length fits me - maybe it should be short on a taller person. The material feels as described but unfortunatly had to return it so unable to test out its performance, protection and breathability for high workout such as running.

                  Sweet Shell

                    Just tested this shell on a mixed condition day on the South Ridge of Superior and it was awesome. It is lightweight with great maneuverability, and offers excellent protection against the elements. The cut is great for women, and it has great pocket placement and thoughtful accents- like cuffs and hood. It stuffs light and small, and would be perfect for a variety of outdoor activities from a rain storm, to windy day, to a touring layer, and light ski spring ski or climbing jacket. Highly recommend this product- was really impressed with its performance, protection, and breathability. VERSATILE!

                    someone said this jacket was tight through...

                    someone said this jacket was tight through the does it fit compared to say, marmot, patagonia, Arcteryx (which fits small). I'm looking for something easily stowable, water/wind resistant for a trip to SA next spring. should I size up from my normal med to accommodate a fleece?

                    Unanswered Question

                    Is there a drawstring on the bottom of...

                    Is there a drawstring on the bottom of this jacket, like there is on the men's jacket? And would the hood fit a helmet? Thanks!

                    Are the colors really as awful as they...

                    Are the colors really as awful as they look in the pictures? thanks!

                    Ok, hearing great things about eVent,...

                    Ok, hearing great things about eVent, wicked pricey however. Does this not have pit zips??

                    I am looking for a highly "breathable" and...

                    I am looking for a highly "breathable" and waterproof jacket for running and snowshoeing - all the ones (Northface and Sugoi) I have so far feels damp inside the jacket after 15 mins into my workout. Is this truly not "clammy"???Thanks.

                    Is this jacket suited for the really cold...

                    Is this jacket suited for the really cold days in the mountain? (We have had -20 oC in Hemsedal, Norway, lately.) What is the quality of the fabric like? Thick or thin?I'm 170 cm tall and pretty average built. What size should I buy?I'd like a dark blue protectivelayer-jacket. Any other suggestions than the Stoic?

                    I am really tall, so I need JAckets that...

                    I am really tall, so I need JAckets that are longer in the body and longer in the sleeves. Is this one just like regular womens lengths?

                    center front on the stoic event is 25 inches, from neckline (where a crew tee neck opening hits) down to the hem. these are lightweight, and meant to hit at the hip, but do not have alot of extra length. check out the sizing chart for sleeve length measurements.

                    Does this jacket have a two-way zipper on...

                    Does this jacket have a two-way zipper on the front? Any inside pockets?

                    the stoic event shell has a single pull zipper on the front. Simple on and off, with less futzing with that dual slider. it is also short enough that the lower slider should not be needed. no inside pockets, but the hand warmer pockets extend up to the chest for a large skin pocket, wear one in each pocket, and rip that backcountry powder!

                    kmc... that was the first thing i noticed,...

                    kmc... that was the first thing i noticed, too... only Pink or Purple???? Why not at least one blue or green choice? At least they aren't pastels, though! I will give it that. If i -was- going to buy pink or purple i would want them bold. But that blue choice for the men's version would be sweet!

                    what is with all the horrible colors for...

                    what is with all the horrible colors for women's clothes?

                    Best Answer

                    Please, please, please come out with better colors. This is exactly the jacket I would like to get for my girlfriend, who needs a light, breathable, waterproof shell, but she wouldn't be caught dead in either of those colors... how about a muted orange/rust or some pleasant shade of blue? I think sales on these things will skyrocket as soon as some decent colors are released.