MN, WI, Canada
Unless Stoic has changed their ways, the Stoic logo decals shown near the neck and cuff are both reflective. However, due to their size and location I wouldn't count on them to make you visible in the dark.
You may care to look up TRU-SPEC Gen III Level 2 ECWCS Drawers instead (I did). These can be found almost anywhere for much-less-than-half-the-price-of-these. The only differences I can see are that the TRU-SPECs have:
1 - a much lower and more roomy crotch area (which some may say is not such a bad thing); and
2 - a very simple elastic waistband i.e. not covered with R1-like material.
...and of course they don't say "Patagonia."
This product is much baggier than its pictures suggest. If you're long and thin it won't fit you.
This balaclava is bulky and lopsided. The side with velcro is so thick that the detachable nose/cheek cover does not actually touch your skin. Consequently, if you are wearing glacier glasses, your breath will travel through them and they will fog. If you have bigger cheeks than I do, this might not be a problem; however, you would have other things to worry about because the neck hole is way too small for me, and I am 6 ft, 130 lbs. Also, the edging material is scratchy (especially with the tight neck).
Not to mention, the velcro just about blows your eardrums out when you try to take this thing off.
I also agree with the information in Eric McCammond's review.
I was excited about the heavy material (entirely 70D), but that is the only pro I see here.
The collar is floppy and doesn't stay up. The hood does not have a wire brim. The elbows are insufficiently articulated. When zipped all the way up with the hood on, the zipper pokes the back of your chin. And on top of all that, the "artichoke" is very green (don't look at the picture, just think of an artichoke).
I would say that this is an average fit. If you are thin and wear Stoic or Norrona or even Patagonia, this will probably be too wide in the chest (unless you want to wear a puffy vest or something).
After less than one week of owning this jacket, I pulled on the hood cinches while wearing mittens, and one of the plastic cord ends popped right off and fell to where it could not be retrieved. Definitely not the end of world, but it is harder to pull now. Anyone have any similar experiences with this or other jackets, or is this a fluke?
This shirt is nice, but I just don't see how it is worth $20 more than the Stoic merino crew shirt. In fact, because the fabric is super-lightweight, I think the zippers make this feel less durable than the crew shirt. At the moment, I have one of each (crew, bliss), but on future purchases I'll save the $20 and just go with the crew.
6 foot, 130 lbs, size Large
Nice fit for me. The legs will be tight if you have fat legs, or possibly just normal ones.
Cinch at the ankle seems extraneous... I'm less than eager to tighten the inside of any waterproof garment directly against something like metal boot laces.
All I can say is that nothing will get through the "Superfabric" ankle zones, haha. Feels more like plastic than fabric...
The Classic Green is actually bright (as bright as possible) lime green, not the lighter green that the picture shows.
The velcro is gray, not black like the picture shows. It is the same gray as the coat.
Definitely better than an Arc'teryx Hercules. I can't see any way to improve this jacket other than removing the sleeve pocket, just because I'm not going to use it.
Perfectly compatible with same-size Norrona hard shells.
Bridgedale socks are normally a 9/10 for wicking; when worn with these, they are 10/10.
I like these, and I kept them, but they slide down my legs just a little. This is probably because they partially overlap the calf muscle, where the leg surface is more cone-shaped, whereas Bridgedale's Light Trail Endurance socks end below the calf and do not slide at all.
These pants are very well-made.
However, on my legs, a seam went right down the front of my kneecap, so I returned them.
6'0", 130 lbs, medium is perfect (although w/ thumbs in holes the sleeves would ideally be ~1 cm longer)
1. When my thumbs are in the holes, the sleeve seam runs right across my elbow. Since the thread is not nearly as nice as the wool, this is noticeable and uncomfortable with the friction caused by bending my arm. However, this is only a problem if you use the thumbholes; otherwise, you can simply rotate the seam away from the elbow.
2. The thumbholes are slightly too small for my thumbs. Seems like it wouldn't be all that bad to have slightly larger holes, even if your thumbs weren't that big.
6'0", 130 lbs, the medium actually fit me.
Unfortunately, I returned it because the wool is not nice. It smells worse and itches more than other wools (I eventually went with Stoic, BC's new brand).
If you would actually benefit from the anti-mist treatment, there's no reason not to go for it.
For most people, however, the only noticeable difference is probably the weight: Alti lenses are glass (heavier), whereas NXTs (these) are polycarbonate (lighter). The lens tint is also slightly different: Altis have no color; Camels are slightly yellowed, apparently an attempt to restore color in "washed-out" conditions. (Just for the record, the glasses appear black when actually worn; the yellow color is only visible when the glasses are off.)
If you shop around, you can get Camels for the price of Altis and avoid the question altogether.
They aren't tight on the leg but don't slide down at all. Height is a bit shorter than expected but perfect for my Asolo 520's.
Update: I wore these for four days, taking them on and off a dozen times or so, then wore them for a three-mile walk---still didn't slide down at all.