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tho5507598 wrote a review of on April 10, 2013

1 5

The outer fabric soaks up water, doesn't leak through, but you're sure as hell not getting any breathability at that point. The cut is atrocious. The hip belt, fully tightened, didn't get close to keeping them up & just bunched up the fabric over the crotch.
Basically Stoic (as I assume this was a fully in house product, not a rebranded piece of gear) has/had not invested in quality R &D up to this point.
Love what the brand represents- quality outdoor gear at an affordable price, but it's hit or miss thus far.
This was a miss.

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tho5507598 wrote a review of on March 13, 2013

4 5

No, it's not a cuben fiber half pound super ultralight bag. It's also not particularly comfortable with a 30+ pound load, but it's an incredibly comfortable bag with great storage & usability for lightweight/ultralight hikers.
I've used this bag almost a year for a 300 mile backpacking trip, grocery shopping & hauling 30 racks (which just squeezes in there) into the woods (& cans out, of course). It's my go to bag for most things, being high volume, but light. It's been rubbed on rocks & chucked across a parking lot, which I was upset about, with only 2 small tears.
Flaws- The large, which I needed, had a hip belt that would not cinch down to my 30-32 inch waist & the shoulder straps are really long. Clearly designed for much larger men than I, although I feel 6' 160lbs is in the reasonable user range. I cut & reattached the hip belt without the extra length.
The gel pockets are so pointless, but I've yet to chop them off.
Ice axe loops? I wish Osprey just put 2 small loops that could then accept some webbing for ice ax loops. I cut them off anyway.
Compression straps on the side are pretty tough to pull being so small. I cut them off since I never used them anyway.
For the cash, a great light pack with a great guarantee. Just be ready to bust out the scissors, needle & thread.

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tho5507598 wrote a review of on March 9, 2013

4 5

This shirt has restored my belief that stoic is worth buying.
Fit: I'm a lanky 6 foot 160 lbs and wear the medium. The fit is relaxed athletic, comfortably fit a tshirt under, but not much more. The arms are long enough for me to use the thumb holes, and the body is long enough to stay tucked in.
Material- The mild,pleasant scratchiness is reminiscent of the polypro shirts I rocked as a novice outdoors man. Not the softest fabric, but I prefer it to something silkier that clings to the body when sweaty.
All in all I'm pumped on the shirt. It's my new go to long sleeve for trips.

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tho5507598 wrote a review of on March 9, 2013

5 5

After several weeks of research I picked this number up to create my non sleeping bag sleep system for bike & hike trips. I now wear it ALL THE TIME. Under my rain shell (for wind & tear resistance) it's so freaking warm & cozy I stopped wearing any other jacket.
I'm 6' 160lbs & wear the medium. Good arm & torso length, the body is well sized for one or 2 base layers under it. If you're more of a broad shouldered thick chested type you'll probably have to size up as my slightly shorter roommate proved.

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