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I've had this jacket for over a year, and i've put it through the ringer. living in utah's ultimately %100 unpredictable weather i've worn it in blizzards with a hoodie underneath, and through downpour that makes showers look like a spring mist. this is the windbreaker/rainjacket to conquer all other rain jackets. also, looks awesome, fits amazing, and weighs nothing. i say buy it. i'm 135lbs and 5'9" the medium is my size.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Definitely the best feature of this jacket is the breathability. The durability is very good for a jacket of this weight although don't expect a super bomber jacket (come on it weighs 13oz). What brings this down from five stars is that fit, for me at least it is a little tight on the shoulders especially if you have a layer or two underneath and I find the hood to be very tight with a helmet. Also the sleeves are starting to wet out but it's probably my fault for not restoring the DWR. I don't think I would have payed full price for this jacket simply because for this price there is better options out there. Take a look at some of the new Neoshell, DryQ and Active Shell jackets. Great review here http://coldthistle.blogspot.com/2011/10/shells-obvious-questions.html
I usually don't post product reviews, but I bought this jacket a few years ago in blue and I wear it everyday including for skiing, general rain etc .... It's been to europe, worn for long hiking trips, and it's super light and easily packable! The water eVent water proofing is better than any helly hansen, or Goretech jacket I've owned, and it hasn't ripped or had seal peal like on tons of my other shit -- definitely an awesome purchase for the price too!
I'm 6' 175 lbs and this is a large. I ended up settling with a XXL.
5'10" and 125lbs, should i go for a small...
5'10" and 125lbs, should i go for a small or medium. I'll definitely be layering but just like a light fleece or hoodie for winter
Hey Bryan, with out knowing your other specs, its hard to say but this jacket fits true to size per their sizing, so get what you normally wear and you should have plenty of room...
I would say a medium. I'm 5'9" and 135, medium is a little long in sleeve for me.
5'10" and 125lbs, should i go for a small...
5'10" and 125lbs, should i go for a small or medium. I'll definitely be layering but just like a light fleece or hoodie for winter
Bryan - I'd recommend the medium. The Stash eVent Shell uses eVent fabric, which by nature does not contain any stretch. The small would give you a snug fit, but if you're looking to layer something under, I'd size up to the medium to allow better freedom of movement.
Year round Jacket
Good, missing pit zips
I wish it had pit zips. They just provide enough added flexibility to dump heat. This prevents me from having to remove the jacket and put it back on over and over. Otherwise it's good stuff, never had welded seems before. Interested to see how it holds up. There are some nice touches though that i expected for the price- softer fleece back on the neck area, hood cinching for a good fit with or without a helmet etc. I'm not one to buy fancy shells. I like a cheap durable waterproof non-technical stuff. That said, i'm really excited to start using this and seeing how well it actually breaths and stuff.
And the winner is...
Overall a great jacket... Event material is an obvious no brainer, and the face fabric used by stoic is holding up well to abuse... its definitely not a heavy denier face fabric; so bush whacking and serious abrasion needs should choose a different product, but as a go-to rain/backpacking jacket, it does the job... I have the Stoic Vapor as well (see my review) but I like the Event material better... the 3L Vapor membrane has started to break down from use and packing and is just to breathable for a backpacking jacket (gets cold quick). This jacket weighs less, has multiple pockets, and a better hood. I prefer the forward "3D" arm approach of the Vapor over this one, the arms of the Vapor have a lot less seams (the Event has so many seams and different folds in the arms that you have to find the sweet spot when resting your arms on something flat or the seams bite your elbows/forearms) and the pit zips are nice... now if Stoic would combine the best of both these jackets, I think they would have a worthy competitor to any of the major Name Branded products out there...
Will you guys be getting any new colors...
Will you guys be getting any new colors this spring/summer? Or is black my only choice until the fall/winter line is released?
Looks like you're stuck with black for a while.
I imagine that the Stoic eVent rain shell would have performed just as it should have but unfortunately the cut was just a little too slim for me, even in size XL which was the largest size available.
I used this shell for skiing all winter, and occasionally for cycling in the rain. I'm 5'7", 130 lbs, and bought the medium.. it fits perfectly with an insulation layer underneath, or even just a sweatshirt. Super-breathable, and definitely waterproof. Hood fits well over a helmet, and can be cinched down without one. Pit zips would be nice.
Great light weight jacket
Bought the XL and it fits well - I'm 6' 195lbs. The arms seemed long, but in practice for backcountry skiing they proved to be great. eVent breathes really well for me. This is a light/thin jacket, which was what I was looking for, but unsure how much abuse it would take.
Observation Point, Zion
how tough is this thing? i do a lot of...
how tough is this thing? i do a lot of bushwhacking and i don't want it to tear when i'm fifty miles out in the ak backcountry. any thoughts?
Unfortunately this is probably not the jacket for you. Definitely a low denier nylon outer that would not hold up to serious bushwhacking.
I agree with JChap. I use the Outdoor Research Furio jacket for any bushwacking. It is a thicker more durable fabric.
Wanted to but can't Recommend
Rip is the right word. Loved the Stoic Shell until the right hand pocked ripped at the top of the ripper. No hard use just skiing. Also found the arms were really long.
not big enough!
I closely scrutinized the construction of this jacket when it arrived and would give it a 3 to 4 star rating even though I was unable to field test it. Torso and Arm length were great and allowed free movement without loss of coverage. There was ample storage in the voluminous pockets. Unfortunately I am an ex hockey and football player and have a broad chest and wide shoulders so even the XXL was unable to meet my needs. I am disappointed but went with a Marmot Aegis jacket at half the price which if the specs are correct should satisfy my requirements. Finally, I believe at the price for the stoic eVent jacket that others should take a leap and try this product out.
Hey I bought this jacket maybe 4 months...
Hey I bought this jacket maybe 4 months ago and have loved it about a month ago I went to tighten the draw string on the back of the hood and it literally fell out. If your spendin 300+ on a jacket I feel like it should do that. I didn't wanna send it in because o the hassle, a week later I went running and after my run I discovered a small tear in the arm. So now The greatest thing about this jacket "waterproofing" is jeopardized anyone know if this would be cover in warranty?
Also if it's not anyideas on how to fix it? I was thinking super glue or melting it together with a lighter. I'm not sure the exact compostition of this jacket so hitting it with flames might not my best bet. But superglue might cause some weird things too.
Let me know what you think!
Yeah, 100% covered in the warranty - regardless of how it happened. BC.com has an unlimited return policy that's even super easy to use. Just find your order history, find the item, create an RMA, print out a shipping label, and drop it off at UPS.
If you do want to repair it, Don't use superglue AND DON'T USE A LIGHTER. Seamgrip and/or a goretex patch will work nicely, as both are as flexible as the jacket. One strategy i've used in the field would be to sew the tear together, then do a fine coat of seamgrip over all of the stitching. Totally waterproof.
here's a link to a patch kit http://www.amazon.com/REVIVEX-Gore-Tex-Fabric-Repair-153-10/dp/B003CJR0JU
best of luck
hey Simon what if it was bought on sac?
Much to my dismay i bought the welder lo jacket through BAC
and the stash Event through SAC.
Steep and Cheap does not have the same universal return policy. Your best bet is to try and explore manufacturer (stoic) warranty options, they do have a guarantee so I would be surprised if they didn't help you out. Give them a call at 1-877-stoic20.
Most manufacturer warranties don't cover accidental damage, so with a tear, (unless its at a seam) my guess is that they'll take the jacket back, do a top notch repair, and charge you a small fee for it.
As it is a manufacturer defect, the Drawstring problem should be covered, so unless they can fix it, they will probably send you a new jacket.