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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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1mu4694570 wrote a review of on November 26, 2011

5 5

I love this jacket!
I am 34", 26", 35" and the xs fits me perfectly (I'm Normally a small in M.H. Jackets) and the jacket is 27 inches long down the back - nice coverage for when it's really raining! It looks feminine but still has room for layers underneath. The red color is pretty much what I think of as standard 'red'.

It has been perfectly waterproof though torrential downpours. While there are more breathable shells out there, they're also much more expensive.

The front zipper is two-way so you can unzip the bottom while keeping the top zipped (good for sitting or high stepping). The hood can fit over my bike helmet when needed and adjusts down pretty well to fit just my bare head when I'm hiking. It survived a mild bike fall without any hint of damage.

Overall, I'm really impressed!

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1mu4694570 wrote an answer about on November 23, 2011

This summer, I tried out a bunch of rain jackets and I think the venture jacket will be way too short. I didn't like how short it was on me and I'm only 5'2"! It was the shortest jacket of all the ones I tried on. However, I did fall in love with the Mountain Hardware Cohesion jacket which has a similar material to the venture (in feel and in waterproofness and breathability ratings) and measures 27" long in the back (for an xs). The hood is "helmet compatible" so I can put the hood on over my bike helmet, but it also adjusts to fit just my head too. It works really well and stood up to a bike fall without a bit of damage and took torrential downpours like a charm!

I also have a Stoic eVent shell which measures 24.5" down the back for a small. It's still longer than the venture was! I'd recommend it instead of the Mountain Hardware jacket only if your daughter will be very active while using the jacket (like running or mountaineering) or will be using it in very hot or very cold temperatures. It's much more expensive, but it won't keep any sweat inside at all! The Mountain Hardware one will be good for most normal wear though AND they're currently on sale :-)

Hope this helps!

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1mu4694570 wrote a review of on November 22, 2011

5 5

Very comfortable. It's not your ordinary thin moisture-wicking shirt. It has a soft feel on the inside, breathes like a dream, and is lightly insulating. Definitely my base layer of choice on chilly bike rides.

The sizing is the same as other Stoic shirts I own.

I think this shirt is actually warmer and more comfortable than the similarly styled stoic merino!

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