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A wind-shunning jacket built for mountain men.

A king among fleeces, the Breaker rocks a clean and simple style, a close-to-skin fit for layering and freedom of movement, and Polartec Wind Pro fabric that fends off the elements. Polartec Wind Pro fabric keeps this jacket light and streamlined, giving it a high warmth-to-weight ratio that will leave ascetic alpinists drooling with envy. Tee off against the gnarliest trails and most bitter winter winds while the Stoic Men's Breaker Fleece Hooded Jacket protects your core and arms from the cold.
  • Polartec uses a Hard Face exterior fabric construction to provide superior wind-blocking capabilities and to keep this jacket from piling season after season
  • Backcountry.com is the exclusive US distributor for Stoic products

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4 5

Most comfortable Hoodie!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

This feels more like a sweatshirt than a jacket. This thing is super soft and has an athletic fit. My first impression when I put this jacket on was that it was to small but it forms to your shape pretty quickly, but I would size up. Its sad to see stoic go, but these products will be appearing as backcountry.com brand next year so keep an eye out. Get all the stoic you can while the prices are down!

4 5

If only the color was right...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I loved this jacket! Another great Stoic product (it's too bad the brand is being discontinued). Nonetheless, it was lightweight, very warm, and has a good design. I got the paprika and it was ORANGE. And when I say orange, I mean safety vest orange. The only other bummer was the lack of thumb holes. Either way, I would totally recommend this product.

5 5

Wow, great Jacket!

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

Love this thing, is a great soft shell jacket. Warm, stylish and dry quickly!

4 5

Not what my roommate was looking for

I bought this as a Christmas present for my roommate, and he liked it but had me take it back, I made the mistake of buying him the paprika, which is super orange, and he didn't like that.
He did like the fit, especially how form fitting the hood is, and how super soft it was
He was pretty bummed they ran out of the electric blue.
Maybe next year, man.

5 5

Favorite hoody

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

This is my favorite hoody for a cold morning or a night out on the town. The Breaker fleece has a nice athletic fit and cool colors.

5 5

Sweet threads

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

This is an awesome layer! A comfortable fleece hoody, with a nice cut to it. It is not frumpy in the front and sits nice and flat, making layering more comfortable. It keeps the wind out, while looking hip and coming in cool colors.

4 5

A solid ski fleece

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I use this one for skiing and touring in the early season so far this year: it's a good layering piece, stops the wind pretty well, and has decent warmth and good zipper pockets where your keys can sit safely even if the pocket is unzipped. The hood is a bonus for ascents when my helmet is in the pack.

I'm 6'1" and slim, and have found the small has plenty of arm length for me while being just right for a good fit in the body.

As a bonus, my Paprika/Midnight was close enough to double as hunter orange while deer hunting a few weeks back, and the water repellency is pretty good - enough to stay dry in a light rain.

3 5

Poor Craftsmanship

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

Bought one for my girl and myself to do 10 days in the Yosemite backcountry in April. They kept us just barely warm enough with base layers and shells over top. Experienced temps in the high 20's - high 70's. Good wind protection and didn't stink after the trip.

for the bad....They are bulky, take up a ton of space and don't pack very well. A little on the heavy side and if you aren't wearing them they add those ounces to your pack. Biggest complaint is the construction. the seems on the arms began to fall apart after a couple days and it seemed like there was no stopping them. by the end of the trip nearly all the seams on the outside of the fleece were unraveling at several points.

Just happy I didn't have a sleeve fall off somewhere before we finished the trip. Returned these guys and decided to go with a higher end down alternative like the Patagonia UL hooded sweater or a similar Arcteryx product.

Poor Craftsmanship
4 5

Pleasantly Surprised

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

This thing is nice!

It's luxuriously soft on the inside, and has a smooth finish on the outside. The fabric is feels like it's got some plushness to it, and it's very stretchy. I didn't even realize the jacket was water resistant until I noticed the Nikwax logo on the inside. I stuck my arm under the kitchen sink and was very impressed- it didn't even wet out.

I got a L and it fits nicely on me - 6'2" 170lbs. Trim fit, without being tight anywhere. Enough room to layer under, trim enough to layer over. Waist cinches are killer. The blue is accurately pictured, think Kansas City Royals.

So far it has kept a stiff Arctic breeze away, and I think it looks good. I'm looking forward to layering this under my heavier jackets.

A note about the hood: It's like a loose scuba hood - you'd have to crank on it to get it to fit over a helmet, but could maybe fit under one.

The only gripe so far: the cut pattern around the tall collar and stiff zipper combine to make the neck feel a bit constricting in the front when the hood is up and zipped fully - and I have a skinny neck. Maybe this will change when I've broken it in a bit more.

Bottom Line: Another fine offering from Stoic, and another great piece to add to the jacket garage.

5 5

Cold Breaker

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

The Stoic Breaker is a great jacket, I've use several times and always is warm, even with several wheather and strong wind. The problems with the seams are true, especially in the sleeves, with some abrasion some threads rip off , but maybe for that this is a fleece jacket not a shell.

Is not waterproof but in light rain you will be dry and warm; the hood fit is perfect and you can use a helmet under it and have a nice inner pocket for your glasses, your phone or anything like that.

4 5

great jacket

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

I use this thing all year. stays dry in light precip, pretty breathable, and packs somewhat small in the pack. Used it on everything from fly fishing trips, splitboarding, and trail running. construction is pretty good, some loose threads here and there.

great jacket

There is an interior zippered pocket on...

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There is an interior zippered pocket on the left side that seems like it has a top opening as well for glasses and such except that it is open all the way through and your glasses fall on the floor. What's that about?

Responded on

That's just the way the internal pocket is designed and sewn in. it's anchored on both sides so it doesn't droop down when there is stuff in it... and honestly you would have a huge bulge sticking out of your chest if you had stuff in that pocket AND a pair of glasses behind.

4 5

Happy, but not extatic

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I've owned the jacket for a while, but have used it sparingly. I've noticed some threading under one of the arms is beginning to losen and hang out. There is additional stiching there, so I'm not sure what it means long-term. It's not a good sign though....

I love the warmth and fit. WindPro for wind resistance is a must, and the breathability is great. I should have ordered the Backcountry version as I like the black/white better than the black/paprika. I'm 6'2", 210lbs and I have the XXL. The XL was just a little too tight for my chest (46").

The hood is a plus. It's not bulky, and it allows for good movement while retaining fit. I like that it doesn't block my vision and it doesn't let much air in either.

It would have been really nice to see a jacket like this in a +300 wt WindPro for those really cold mornings. NorthFace almost got it right, but they (for some thoughtless reason) failed to attach a hood to their Denali WindPro.

I honestly can't afford high end technical gear, so this jacket was a serious treat for me. I was able to save just enough to get one, and although I don't regret it, I would have liked something a little different. I'm sure it works well for most people, but it's not "exactly" what I needed. (I can't afford the "all-in-one" jacket I was drooling over - TAD Ranger Hoodie) This was a good alternative for much less.

PS - I'm more than happy to offer some practical suggestions/design input if anyone at Backcountry wants to listen. (Okay, I'm sure there are more than enough designer/opinion givers already....)

Is the Black/Paprika size Medium going to...

Posted on

Is the Black/Paprika size Medium going to be back in stock any time soon?

Responded on

We do not currently have any more mediums on order in the Black/Paprika colorway.

4 5

Almost Perfect Mid Weight Fleece

  • 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.

3 5

Great Fleece. Not Durable.

I love this fleece. It layers great, it is warm, and it looks good on its own. Now some of the seams are starting to come apart, which is a bummer.

Fits fairly true to size.I am 5'11 175lb and I got an XL for a looser fit.

4 5

Stoic does it again.

Great fleece at a great price. Only complaint was the color was more orange than red.

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