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Fire back at the mountain's bone-chilling cold with the ultimate warmth of the Stoic Men's Hadron Down Vest and its 850-fill goose down insulation. At a feathery 6.8-ounces, this vest keeps it simple by protecting your core temperature without weighing you down. As for sleeves, the Hadron Vest doesn't need no stinking sleeves; you're faster, cooler, and more flexible without them. Stash this highly-packable vest in your pack so that you always have a down layer handy for the high-alpine freeze or a cold down-day in town.

  • Pertex Quantum shell is highly-breathable to allow sweaty vapor to escape from within so you feel comfortable, not stifled, beneath this vest
  • 3-D Ergonomic Construction gives this vest an athletic, active cut and allows room for layers underneath
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Love, love, love this vest!

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

I needed a vest..looked around at other brands completely oblivious to Stoic (again) then saw someone wearing one of these. After checking it out, bought it. It's just the right amount of down, warm and no frills that I like. It's a really nice layer either under a shell or over a wool flannel shirt. The collar is high, chest pocket just perfect and a draw string on the bottom to keep the cold out.

After trying it on, I bought a large. A medium would've worked but the large seems to work too. I'm 5'-7" and it fits a touch blousy and comes to below my waist (about pant pocket level) but works great/looks good layering over something.

Stoic Hadron Down Agave...

  • Fit:True to size

Not quite too sure what color Agave is but the picture doesn`t quite match. The picture looks yellow but it`s more of a greenish yellow. Nice, light and compactable.... Warmth don`t know yet, got ti in summer...

Agave/Agave color looks like dull green

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

The vest is cute, lightweight and warm. It feels like my second skin.

Agave/Agave color looks like dull green

Great midlayer

    This vest is light and very warm. It packs down much smaller than fleece and is the perfect mid layer for cold weather. My biggest issue is the zipper - it constantly gets stuck on the flap underneath; its separated a few times also. Id sacrifice an oz for a zipper that worked every time. Still i wore it all winter.

    As expected

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    Received for Christmas. Boo Hoo's on the UVA colors but otherwise it's a great vest that I can't wait to take on an early spring trip to the woods. It's a little poofy vs. the patagucci alternative but also much less expensive. Quality feel to it with a good zipper pull but it is always trading out durability for weight. I can't imagine i would ever risk hiking past a tree limb without a shell covering this guy. For that reason, the lack of hand pockets is no concern. All things considered, I am sure it will replace my down jacket for most of my fall-winter-spring backpacking trips.

    As expected

    Warm, light, no hand pockets

      This is a great light mid layer.

      It doesn't have hand pockets, which saves weight, but is annoying.

      The jacket stuffs into the chest pocket, but there is not pull tab on the other side of the zipper to close the pouch.

      5'8 135lbs a small is perfect.

      I bring it as a mid layer under a shell for any activity. I wear it over a fleece and under a shell for skiing.

      6 oz. of Warmth

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      I bought this vest at the last minute for my AT thru-hike earlier this year. I ran into a bit of extra cash and decided I'd take this as my insulation layer rather than a 16 oz. fleece jacket.

      From what I understand, we experienced unseasonable warmth on the trail this year (March 12-July 21st). It only dropped below freezing on a few occasions. If you are expecting this to keep you toasty warm in consistent winter temperatures, it might not be right for you.

      For me, it was exactly what I needed. I never hiked in it - only used it for breaks and evenings. It took up almost no room in my clothing bag and kept me plenty warm when worn with everything else I had (merino baselayer, long sleeve shirt, and rain shell over top).

      I've been careful to avoid embers from fire and snagging branches, but it's in as good of condition as when I bought it. All these months later, I still wear it pretty often. I'm very glad I had it on the trail and I'm happy to still have it.

      Testament to Backcountry return policy

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

      Vest seemed flat, poorly insulated. Tried it on and zipped it up. Zipper snagged the fabric, cutting the shell on first zip!!! Sent back. Refund was not a problem. Will not buy anymore Stoic products, no matter how on sale. That is not true. I am cheap. 90% off i would try it again.

      I posted a review with a fix on this, but it seems deleted it. Just sew 2-4 lines parallel to the zipper all the way down. Check out the picture of the blue vest labeled "Mostly good. Bad zipper but easy to fix." If it wasn't so cheap at the time of purchase, I would have returned it and not bothered with fixing the zipper.


        It's all right. It's OK. It's nothing to write home about. I went for it because of the price. Not having side pockets seems to sum up the vest. Not the warmest either. It's a vest and it does help keep your core warmer than not having a vest on. The colors that are available suck. Over all I find the Stoic stuff good, especially when they sleaze the stuff out for well under a hundred bucks.

        Backcountry's flawless customer service

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

        Backcountry (BC) has impeccable customer service. I was unsatisfied with this vest so BC accommodated my requests and even sent a next day air shipment at NO COST to me. Amazing! I will not shop elsewhere and I suggest you don't either.

        Agave/Agave not truly yellow

          Only complaint is the color did not meet my expectations. The agave vest was not a bright golden yellow, but more of a pale yellow/green. The material is also surprising by having a "splotched" look. It is not a solid even color throughout, but has darker spots on the actual material. When first pulling it out of the package, I thought it was dirtied from the warehouse. Nope. Just the look of the material. Kind of cool, just didn't like the color of the agave.

          Very disappointing

          • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

          Ok, I have purchased 3 same vests at one time with different colors for my beloved male family members and none of them were satisfied with the vest itself. Few comments:

          Blue/Midnight vest: it is not the same color from the website at all. From the website, it looks premium and fashionable. But it came out a very normal blue and the zipper was the same blue (not bright orange!) with below average quality (stuck here and there). The picture looks very nice, but the actual vest just so countryside and boring. Nobody in his 20's - 30's would like to even give it a try. Even for my father-in-law, it looks dull on him.

          Orange/Paprika vest: you can clearly see the goose down through the surface. The picture gave me an impression that the surface is some kind of thick, but it just as thin as an Egg shell membrane.

          Size: it runs a little bit small than other brands.

          Most unsatisfied thing: No Pockets! No Pockets!

          Good thing: Warm and lightweight.

          really nice but no pockets on the side

          • Familiarity:I've used it several times

          Jacket is very comfy and soft although it would have been great to have pockets on the side where you can put your hands when it's really cold. i think the purpose of having a down jacket/vest is to feel warm without having the heavy weight in this case there's only one pocket available to put your phone.

          Almost perfect

          • Familiarity:I've used it several times

          I would give it 4.5/5 if I could. I actually prefer that it doesn't have pockets as I tend to use it as a layer that I take on and off fairly frequently. One think I particularly like it for is backpacking. As a light-weight nut I like paring down options that I don't truly require and getting rid of pockets saves ounces which will add up to pounds. That said, it does good features like the elastic around the waist for preventing draftiness. The thickness is great too; it isn't too thick like many vests which end up making your core too warm and sweaty while leaving your extremities cold. I also liked the athletic cut. I take off half a point because you can easily jam the zipper if you aren't careful.

          No Pockets

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

          I didn't notice the no pockets until I tried this thing on the day I got it. Why wouldn't there be pockets? It can't reduce weight that much. I wore it a few times and loved everything about it with the exceptions of the lack of pockets. I couldn't get over this. I tried to put my hands in the no-pockets a hundred times while wearing it. This was a deal breaker for me and I sent it back.

          If I was always going to use this as a layering piece under something else, it would have been near perfect. The quality, fit, weight and comfort is top notch. I highly recommend this vest for what it is. I hope they add pockets in another version of this.

          Nice vest, needs pockets

          • Familiarity:I've used it several times

          I would wear this all the time if it had hand pockets, but it's definitely great for layering. Amazingly light and disappears when packed.

          I'm 5'11 175lbs and the large fits perfectly.

          One of my favorite piece of gear

          • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

          Very light, very comfortable, and packs down amazingly. I got this for bikepacking and everyday use, one of the best purchases I have made, yet. I'm 5'11" and 170 pounds with broad shoulders, ball-player structure - got the medium first, but not much stretching room, returned it for a large, fit is right on, same length-just roomier. get one!!!

          Unanswered Question

          Can anybody give me a measurement of width...

          Can anybody give me a measurement of width between shoulders? Trying to find out what would be a width of size L

          Thanks in advance!


          Im 5'9" 125lbs. S or M?

          Im 5'9" 125lbs. S or M?

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          Are there pockets? It would appear not....

          Are there pockets? It would appear not. And I find that very disheartening, whats the point of a clothing without pockets? (besides being a midlayer). Quite annoying.

          Unanswered Question

          I am 5'9" and weigh about 150 lbs, what...

          I am 5'9" and weigh about 150 lbs, what size would I be, I am normally a Med in pretty much everything but I am seeing posts from people that are much bigger in a med?

          210lbs 6'3" tall and 38" waist. Would I...

          210lbs 6'3" tall and 38" waist. Would I go L or XL? Appreciate what the size chart indicates - am looking for close, functional fit.

          When will Stoic be coming out with a women's...

          When will Stoic be coming out with a women's version of this vest?