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Gear Review

5 5

Stretchy Fleece is the best

This Stoic jacket is much more of a fleece hoodie than anything, but met my expectations. It is my favorite winter-hiking mid layer, and also my favorite climbing hoodie & is good for really cold weather running. Its packable and light and cozy... keeps you warm even when your base layer is damp. It also serves as great insulation under a shell; does not impede movement.

I ordered this jacket after happily owning 2 powerstretch fleece hoodies. So far this hoodie does offer more wind resistance than regular power stretch fleece. It also seems to have a bit more rigidity to it, but is still stretchy enough to move around.

The fit is average for outdoor clothes, and runs a little bigger than my Stoic tees (Mediums - loose fit). I am 5'4" athletic build (bigger shoulders/arms, small waist/mid section, have hips), and am usually a small in most tops, and this fits perfectly in a size small- I can layer under it (a longsleeve flannel shirt) - and it doesn't feel/look bad. It is not at all bulky, rather form-fitting and is long enough (hits below hip, about mid-butt). Also, there is a sweet inside pocket.

For the down side, as previously mentioned - Velcro will snag this hoodie, but I can say that about all of my powerstretch fleeces. Also, it is not a shell - so it wont really act like one.

I was expecting the color to be blinding (ceramic), but it is a more subdued turquoise, with chartreuse accents. I really do love it - fun & different pallet of colors.

I would live in this thing if I could.