Me: I'm 5'10, 170lbs, skiier, hiker, outdoors-er. Had this Jacket in Blue Medium for just over a month. Picture above is me on Mt Rainier in a blizzard being retarded.
I was lucky enough to be able to go into the BC store in SLC to try on this softshell and about 4 others. Arcteryx Gamma, Venta. Patagonia Northwall, Mountain Hardware Kepler.
I picked the Stoic because of a couple things. The fit was just as good and tight to me without restricting movement as others, previous versions had good reviews, and the cost of this shell costs 4x's less than some of the others.
So far I've worn this jacket casually alot which works great for an everyday jacket for me. I also hiked to about 9000' in a blizzard on Mt. Rainier the first weekend I had it, the temp was low 20's wind was blowing 30+ mph and all I had was this on and the Stoic "Breathe 90" long sleeve underneath and was completely warm touring up the Muir snowfield. This shell breathes incredibly well and insulates even better. 2 weeks later I took it hiking my local mountain before it opened touring again wearing the same but it was about 40 degrees out, again stayed warm and did not sweat it out. Yesterday I was at Mt Baker where it was snowing incredibly hard and again, this jacket performed solid. At the end of the day yesterday the jacket was a little water logged from a warmer snow, but I was still dry.
Features I love: The elastic cuffs around your wrists, they stay tight to them so you dont have to finagle with gloves. Hood is very comfortable, even around my helmet. Easy adjustments from inside the pockets. Inside pocket is good for holding phone or keeping Energy Bars warm. Pockets are fleece lined.
Missed out on: Having pit zips, this would be nice to exhaust some extra heat out.
Buy one now, never look back!