Eric - the merino used in the Stoic crew is spun from a 17.5 micron (superfine) wool fiber. There is no itch in this fine a quality of merino. This merino will definitely inhibit lingering effects of funk, but will also retain a fair amount of moisture during high-aerobic activities. I wore recently on a hike in very hot, humid Hong Kong and was comfortable, although my merino crew did not dry as quickly as some of my companions' lightweight synthetic layers.
Weight of the fabric is around 150gsm (grams/square meter).
I've had my pair of OTZ 300GMS for about 6 months now. I wasn't expecting a ton out of such a simple shoe, but I've been blown away with how much I actually wear these. They are already super-comfortable out of the box... and get better with wear as the cork insole molds to your foot. The canvas upper is surprisingly durable... mine are still in very good shape after a LOT of use.
I wear to the office, around town, to the beach (Big Island, HI in the image), and everywhere in between. I'm constantly being asked about them, so I flip them off and pull out the insole to show how much better these are than similar styles from other brands. Check out some of the other sweet leather and suede styles from OTZ as well.
Here's what Runner's World had to say about the Stoic Wraith Jacket:
"The men's only Stoic Wraith Jacket packs a lot of punch into 2.5 ounces. It kept one tester dry during a soggy Seattle Marathon. "It proved invaluable toward the end of that very wet, windy race," he said. The see through jacket folds into a pocket when not in use. The four-ounce women's version is called the Luminous."
Here's what Outside had to say about the Stoic Somnus 15 Sleeping Bag:
"BEST FOR: Side-sleepers, climbers, iconoclasts. THE TEST: Center-zip bags were designed for climbers, for the ease of threading a rope while zipped. But even non-climbing testers loved the simple entry and egress, and side-sleepers appreciated not grinding their hip bones on the zipper all night. Weight savings from the half-zip - combined with top-shelf 850-fill down and diaphanous Pertex Quantum fabric - kept Somnus's weight just under the two pound mark (the four minute mile of 15-degree-rated bags). And the zippered hot-water-bottle pouch to warm your feet is clever. THE VERDICT: A luxurious, incredibly light bag at a great price."
Here's what Outside had to say about the Stoic Thrive Luminous Jacket:
"At five ounces, Stoic's super-lightweight, see-through Thrive Luminous jacket has nice touches like hand-warmer pockets and reflective tape along the front zipper. Plus, the ovious: wind protection. The breathable, DWR-coated fabric also sheds water, which made a run through a quick downpour no problem."
Here's what Outside had to say about the Stoic ARX XL2 Tent:
"Two doors and vestibules? CHeck. Around four pounds? Check. Under $300? Check. The Arx XL hits two-person, three-season backpacking-tent benchmarks-and adds a lot of nice details. Testers liked the roomy, no drip vestibules and unique pole configuration, which increased vertical space. The mostly mesh body and the pop-up vent on the fly prevented condensation even on a sloppy Washington night, and the asymmetrical floor plan saves weight by reducing floors space."
Here's what Outside had to say about the Stoic Vaporshell Jacket:
"BEST FOR: Minimalists pinching pennies. THE TEST: The Vaporshell is made with Stoic's proprietary polyurethane membrane, which testers found to be every bit as breathable as all the name-brand stuff. On a soaking weekend in the Cascades, the pit-zip-equipped Vaporshell never got damp inside, and rain still beaded off the exterior after two straight days of downpours. THE VERDICT: While it's not as full-featured as top-of-the-line jackets, it's tough to beat the Vaporshell's combo of performance and price."
Non-stick used on these pots is a durable PTFE-based coating.
Tyler - unfortunately, no black coming for this Spring 2012 season. Fall season (~September 2012) will be next opportunity at black colorway.
Chris - This Luft Synthetic jacket would be a good replacement. Light weight, warm, good fit - maybe not uber-compressible.
I'd recommend the Hadron if it's compressibility and light-weight you're after. The Hadron styles pack away into their own kangaroo pouch and are very warm for the weight. The 850FP down cannot be surpassed, as long as it doesn't get soaked.
The Lufts do not run small. If you're typically a large - I'd go with a large for this style.
Image of Tan colorway with flash.
The Duke gloves are not waterPROOF. The Duke uses a DWR-treated leather to fend off the water, and still maintain great breathability. Eventually, water would soak through if/when exposed to prolonged wet conditions, i.e. Cascade Mountains.
The Stoic Forge Gauntlet Glove's WPF/Breathable membrane would be a better choice for extended wet-weather conditions.
The remaining colorways' images should be live now. If you're still not able to see them, try clearing your cache.
ASDF - Stoic Bombshell Bib - Men's are available in the two colorways currently live on the site for F11 season: Deep/Vintage and Black/Black
Annie - nothing in the pipe for this season, but a strong potential for 2012.
Jerid - The Stoic Monolith is similar to the old BC.com Shift. The Monolith fabric is bit more stout than the Polartec Power Shield used in the BC.com Shift. The Stoic Monolith is also fully welded (great stretch, weather resistance, clean lines, no-bulk seams) instead of the traditional cut/sewn construction on the BC.com Shift. As the BC.com Shift is no longer being produced, the Stoic Monolith is the closest replacement.
If the fabric was what you specifically liked about the Shift Jacket, The Stoic Welder Lo uses the same Polartec Power Shield in a hooded, fully welded construction.
cgi100555817 - Stoic Microlith Pant are designed with a more athletic cut. One reason for this cut is to allow them to be layered under shell pants without interfering with fit of the shell.
I would not count on the fit changing much on these pants after a little use. The Microlith softshell consists of nearly 10% spandex which helps maintain consistent power/stretch through the life of the pant.