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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
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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 brand next year so keep an eye out. Get all the stoic you can while the prices are down!

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.

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.

    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.

    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.

    Poor Craftsmanship

    • 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

    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.

    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.

    great jacket

    • 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

    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....)

    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.

    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.

      Amazing jacket!

        I am a huge Stoic fan and a jacket whore. I've been looking for a lightweight windbreaker fleece jacket with a hood to where in slot canyons when it is chilly out. I love the small non-helmet compatible hood and how it fits around my face when it's zipped all the way up to keep the wind out. I am pretty pissed off at Stoic for going away from the awesome bight colors that made me fall in love with them in the first place and now they have ugly colors, but I guess the Midnight/Agave is ok since the jacket will be getting dirty and beat up.


        Athletic fit



        small hood


        Ugly colors


          I am 6'3", ~185lbs and the L was a great fit for me. The arms are long and the cut is slim, but it works very well. I got the Paprika/Midnight one and the color is sharp. I will typically run in this on brisk mornings and no issues with warmth and the added visibility doesn?t hurt. No problems with seams or pilling as noted by others but I have only had for a month or so. I am a big fan of this gear, and will consider buying another one.

          Sizing and jacket weight.

          • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

          I'm 6'1" (184cm) tall and weigh 178lb (81kg). Athletic, lean build. Ordered both the medium and large of this jacket. Returned the medium and kept the large. The medium felt a tiny bit constricted around my chest; additionally, the medium jacket length was a little too short for my torso because it barely reached my waistline and wrists. On the other hand, the large fit perfectly, both in length and girth. It also leaves just enough room to layer a down sweater beneath the jacket.

          Weighed them both at home:

          Medium jacket - 480g (17oz)

          Large jacket - 504g (17.8oz)

          Love this fleece, no complaints thus far

            I am a female and have one of these fleeces, have bought one for my father and brother. My father is 5 foot 8 , 145 pounds, wears a medium and uses it just around town and such. My brother is 5 foot 8 , 155, wears a large, he uses it as a mid layer under his stoic shell for snowboarding. I havne't had any issues with the seams on mine nor have my brother, so far wear has been good, has a nice fit and is very warm

            There is an interior zippered pocket on...

            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?

            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.

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

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

            I wonder what the fleece weight it is,...

            I wonder what the fleece weight it is, similar to polartec 100 or 200 ?

            (I know that it might be an improper comparison, but I still want to get an idea how warm it is in a "no wind"environment)

            I am looking for a fleece thermo jacket. As a 55kg/171cm male, a XS patagonia R2/3 jacket seems a good choice. But the Thermo Pro is just too wind-penetrated. So if I use this Breaker jacket along with a baselayer (no outer shell), is it enough for 50~60F days?

            I'm 178cm tall and weigh 76kg, with a few...

            I'm 178cm tall and weigh 76kg, with a few of those sitting right atop my sixpack. Which size should I choose?

            Hey guys - I bought one of these a year...

            Hey guys - I bought one of these a year or so ago (the black-grey+orange zippers). I love it. Is this edition just as slim-fitting as the old one was? Because I would be upset if I returned my original one and got a baggier one in return (e.g. I know that the Stoic Luft sweaters got roomier a season or two ago when they changed colors).

            Best Answer

            I have the '09 version in the same dark grey/orange. Like you I love it, one of my favorites! Anyways, just got the 2011 version in the vintage color. While I wasn't sold on the color at first (was thinking it was more grey then purple) the fit is pretty much dead on to the previous version. I have ended up warming up to the color, so I'm keeping this bad boy. Hope that helps

            Unanswered Question

            Has anyone else bought this in Vintage/E...

            Has anyone else bought this in Vintage/Excalibur? I was expecting more of a grey, and this thing is definitely looking purple. I love my old Breaker fleece (I have the black/orange version) but not sure I'm loving the purple. I hate to send this back!

            Sizing problem: I'm 5' 9" (176cm)/ 119 lbs...

            Sizing problem:
            I'm 5' 9" (176cm)/ 119 lbs (54 kg), and I used to wear a s size montane feather lite velo jacket which fits me well in length but some how too baggy in girth. Can anyone tells whether a s-size fits or not? (I'm more concern about its length)

            Best way to do this is click "chat now" in the upper right. Ask the associate if you can order both small and medium, and return the one that doesn't fit, with free shipping. Backcountry far surpasses any other customer service! You pay for both up front, but you get to choose the right size, and return the other for free.