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1mu4694570 wrote a review of on December 7, 2011

3 5

My biggest gripe with this jacket is that there is no drawcord on the bottom to keep drafts out. Since my hips are on the low end of my size range, I had extra space in the bottom of the jacket while the top part was a little tight (my movement was not at all restricted because of the excellent 3-D construction though!) This jacket would work well if you are more pear shaped than hourglass shaped.

Sugilite is a standard "purple" color. Think of the most purple color you can, that can't be descibed as anything other than just "purple" and you'll have the sugilite color. The wrist cuffs don't look as odd as you might think when you have the jacket on.

The jacket did look very good on and is obviously of good quality.

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1mu4694570 wrote a review of on December 7, 2011

5 5

According to the size chart, I would be on the lower end of the "small" range. I'm glad I listened to the other reviewers and sized down - the xs still left plenty of room for layers, not a close fit but looks nice. Any larger and I think I would have looked like a line-backer.

The fennel color is matte, not shiny like in the picture. Too bad Backcountry doesn't have the Deep Plum color because it's gorgeous!

If you're looking for the warmest jacket in a light, packable style, this may be it. Nice for summits, belaying, and a "just in case" option. While I don't think it works as a stand alone piece in the dead of winter, it's great to wear when it's not quite cold enough to wear my thick, heavy "impenetrable fortress of warmth" winter jacket.

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1mu4694570 wrote a review of on December 7, 2011

4 5

A well designed jacket. However, I care more about warmth than weight and it's not nearly as warm as the Patagonia's Down Sweater so I went with the sweater instead.

Patagonia is an awesome company that tries to minimize their environmental impact and ensure humane conditions for factory workers and the geese used for the down as much as possible. It might be worth staying with Patagonia products for those reasons alone. But if you're willing to consider a different brand, I felt the Stoic Hadron Down Anorak jacket was warmer for the weight.

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1mu4694570 wrote a review of on December 7, 2011

5 5

I've been doing a lot of packable down jacket testing lately looking for the best one under $200 (retail or sale price). This is in the top 2.

This is a very, very good jacket. It's not quite perfect, but it has a lot going for it. It's warm, comfy, immune to light rain and snow, and weighs next to nothing. If you are a stickler for weight, I think this is the absolute best jacket for you. (If you're curious, it blows Patagonia's Ultralight Hoody out of the water for warmth.) However, if you're looking for the best warmth and performance in under 16oz, this is *almost* the best.

The fabric is slightly noisy (but not too annoying). I think it's a fair trade off considering how little the fabric weighs (30g/m^2 according to the tag - wow!).

I was worried about wind getting in between the top buttons, but somehow Stoic has designed the jacket so that's not a problem at all! I'm very impressed!

Stoic was also smart when they included a small amount of down between the pocket and the body of the jacket. It keeps the pocket from letting a lot of heat out of the openings even when it's windy out(which was a big problem in some other jackets I've tested).

I do wish there was a drawstring or an extra button in the hood so you can close out the wind. If there is no wind, the hood is very comfy as is. If there is wind, you'll unfortunately have to hold the hood closed by hand.

Please come out with different colors! The chartreuse and grey are so limited and don't look great on everyone.

If the jacket were updated with new colors and an extra button for the hood, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. I think it would then even beat the performance of Patagonia's Down Sweaters...which is saying a lot since that's the favorite packable down for so many people.

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1mu4694570 wrote a review of on December 7, 2011

5 5

I use this bag all the time for my active weekends away. With the 40L size, I have plenty of space for my bike stuff, hiking stuff, AND casual clothes and toiletries for active weekends away from home. This one bag is all I need. VERY convenient.

I've been using this bag for months and it looks and feels brand new. I haven't abused it outside against rocks and sticks yet, but I haven't treated it gingerly either. Looking at the other reviews, I see that maybe there was a batch or two of problem bags, but I think it was resolved for my bag (bought early July 2011).

I've had great luck with Stoic products. They make great stuff.

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