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Rocky Mountain Goat wrote a review of on September 23, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

This is my second Stoic Breaker Fleece. I got my first 3 years ago and I still wear it. I have not had the durability issue that others have had. In fact I find mine has held up very well and unlike normal fleece, the hardface material doesn't pill.

The second stoic breaker I receved was in a royal blue with neon yellow zippers...looks very sharp. The material seems not as thick and the length seems a little shorter. I'm 5'9" and 165 lbs and 40 inch chest...the medium fits nicely without that baggy sweatshirt feel/look. Basically its true to size with an 'athletic fit'...although I wish it had an inch or so more length. NOTE...the sleeves are tapered so if you have beefy forearms or are trying to layer a sweater or something underneath this, it might get tight. The jacket does block light wind but any meaningful amount of wind will go through. However, if you're doing aerobic exercise in cooler weather (read above 35 degrees) it works well. I've used it while running in the fall and sunny Colorado winter days. I also use this underneath my hardshell while snowboarding. The stretchy fabric of the hood will allow you to actually go over a helmet.

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Rocky Mountain Goat wrote a question about on February 19, 2013

Any Folks try out this jacket. I am looking for a breathable waterproof jacket that I can use hiking/backpacking in all four seasons. I prefer material with some stretch and more breathability than a hardshell. I can live with 99% windblocking but I really do need it to be completely waterproof. If its crazy windy, I can layer a bit more underneath or throw on a hardshell, but I want it to be truly waterpoof.

I have the Marmot Zion, but find the material to be really stiff, heavy and I hate the hood (don't even call it helmet compatable).

Thanks.

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Rocky Mountain Goat wrote a question about on September 28, 2012

Anyone have experience with this Jacket? I'm looking for a lightweight insulated waterproof/breathable jacket for boarding and snowshoe treks. I'm thinking of this jacket or the 2011 Gravitor jacket. The gravitor is lighter in weight but the Vertical Peak has pit zips and doesn't have wrist cuffs, which I hate. Thanks.

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Rocky Mountain Goat wrote a question about on September 6, 2011

Can anyone tell me how this will do on groomers? My son wants a powder ski to hit the pow on fresh snow days. However, he spends more of his time on groomers. I don't want to have to buy two sets of skiis so I'm looking for something that is a do it all type of ski that can rock down groomers, do well in powder and hold an edge on steeper stuff.

We usualy ski in Colorado Rockies and he's hitting mostly blacks and steeper blues.

Thanks...!

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Rocky Mountain Goat wrote an answer about on September 1, 2011

I am a little confused by the description of the Lobster Mitten. The description says that there is a waterproof breathable insert but the review from a customer states that there is not a removable insualation liner but another customer states there is a removable liner. Please clarify.

Also, anyone try out the Black Diamond Lobster Mitten? Trying to figure out which to buy.

http://www.backcountry.com/black-diamond-guide-lobster-gore-tex-mitten





Thanks.

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Rocky Mountain Goat wrote a question about on August 26, 2011

Anyone know which would be warmer and drier? This mitten or the Outdoor Research Highcamp 3-Finger Glove (http://www.backcountry.com/outdoor-research-highcamp-3-finger-glove-mens). Wasn't sure how Gore-Tex comparied to Ventia membrane. Which Gore-Tex membrane is used? Also, can anyone confirm if this mitten has a removable liner?

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Rocky Mountain Goat wrote a question about on August 26, 2011

Anyone tried out this mitt's. I am thinking about getting the Marmot Lobster Mitten (http://www.backcountry.com/marmot-lobster-mitten) or this mitten. How does this mitten compare to the Marmot Lobster Mitten and which is warmer and stays drier? Also, anyone know if the liner on this is 3 finger or if the middle, ring and pinky fingers are seperated in the liner? I intend to use it for snowboarding.

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Rocky Mountain Goat wrote a review of on April 21, 2011

4 5

I bouoght this jacket to snowboard during really cold days in the Colorado Rockies. I've used this over 15 days of boading this season...in some of the coldest, windy days up on the peaks of Breckenfridge. This jacket handled the harsh weather like a monster but with class and style. I have not been cold in this thing and unless it gets freeze my nuts off cold, I usually just board in a thermal top and a t-shirt...otherwise, I'll through on a light middle layer. The jacket vents and breaths really well to dump heat because of the eVent and pit zips. This is a good thing because as you start moving, you will get warm. The eVent material is very thick and durable...I feel bullet proof when riding. The jacket has no tears or scratches after some serious falls and branch wackings.

I got the asphalt (grey) in medium and it looks slick without being loud. Will go nicely with almost any kind of boarding pants. When Westcomb says this has a relaxed fit they were not joking. Don't mistake this jacket for something in their alpine/mountaineering line...this not fitted at all. I usually wear a medium in Arcc'Teryx or MHW so I ordered a medium and initially felt like it was large. I quickly got used to it and besides, its for boarding so having a baggy fit works. The jacket also has a much longer length than an alpine/mountaineering jacket.

Westcomb did a nice job with build quality and design. There are a lot of nice touches. The hood is huge and easily covered my riding helmet. The pockets are very large and have H2O proof zippers. The fleece lining is similar to the same stuff that as the monkey man jacket or the inside of the Arc'teryx hercules jacket. It will keep you warm. The chest pockets are a different colar (same color as the bottom rear patch). I usually ride without the powder skirt unless I'm hitting pow.


The negatives are that this jacket is heavy...but what do you expect with that amount of fleece and the weigth of the eVent. I don't mind it much but if they had a poly-fiber fill option like primaloft, I'd think about that option...although I suspect you'd like you were wearing a puffy. Also, I'd like to have a bit of fleece around the chin, especially on those cold windy days.

Otherwise, a fantastic, bomb proof, heavy duty jacket that will keep you toasty. Also - I have not yet seen anyone else with this jacket and I've gotten multiple compliments and a number of questions asking the brand and where I got it. After I told them the price most gagged though. Actually...maybe giving a great review isn't such a good idea as I don't want to be going up the lift with some knucklehead that has the same jacket.

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Rocky Mountain Goat wrote a review of on November 18, 2010

2 5

I got this on SAC for around $60. I really wanted to like this glove. I've been wanting to try a three finger mitt as my hands get cold in regular gloves and I don't like full on mittens. I've been looking at the Hestra XCR three finger glove but saw this and thought I'd give them a try.

As many have already mentioned...these run real small. I usually wear medium and that's what I ordered. I can hardly create a fist. I can see my hands cramping trying to grip anything.

The description on backcountry.com doesn't refer to prima-loft insulation but the description on the stoic website states it has prima-loft insulation and wool liners. I talked to backcountry and asked them if this mitt has some prmaloft insulation. They said they believed it did according to the stoic description. As far as I can tell, I don't believe there is any prima-loft. However, there seems to be a polyester inner lining in addition to the removable wool lining. So there is some insulation, I just don't think its any type of fiber-fill type. I suspect that the shell alone would be warm enough for some warm spring skiing/boarding.

The inner lining is actually a pain in the butt. The inner lining is actually a glove type, i.e. the attached inner lining is not a three finger type but has all four fingers. The issue I ran into was that the tip of the fingers were not attached/adhered to the shell so as you pull out the removable wool lining, the fingers of the non-removable lining gets pulled out or twisted and then its nearly impossible to reinsert the removable wool liner. I had to take of the removable wool lining off my hands and individually straighten out the fingers of the non-removable poly liner. So if I take of the mitts chances are that I'm going to have to remove the wool liners from my hands and spend time screwing around fixing the attached poly liner. I tried taking the mits on and off a number of times and it happened enought to be noticible.

The double helix closures work fine. However, I would have liked some sort of idiot straps or at least loops to attach wrist lanyards.I'm going to send these back. Even if the mitts didn't have the issues I noted above, the glove is much smaller than the indicated size.

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Rocky Mountain Goat wrote a question about on November 9, 2010

Want to get warm, but lightweight down sweater for very cold weather snowboarding and winter hiking/running. Needs to allow good movement and be breathable...don't want my down to collapse. Two of my top choices are currently this TNF Diez and the Westcomb Chilko ( http://www.rei.com/product/804457 ). Would love to hear from people who have tried/tested either jackets. Both are about the same price..looking for best in class light down jacket.

Thanks...

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