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The Monolith casts a shadow over other softshells.

Stoic’s welded-softshell Monolith Softshell Jacket plays hard in the mountains, but its under-the-radar tech helps you avoid the call-it-in-on-the-sat-phone look when it’s time for beverages in town. Stoic’s Monolith Softshell takes over where your past harshell-midlayer combos have fallen short. This fully welded, midweight softshell jacket stands up to nature’s worst without leaving you to suffer in your own body heat. That’s right, Stoic’s Monolith softshell fabric breathes well enough to keep up with a redlining heart when your ski cut fails a fair bit deeper than you had planned. The Monolith’s high collar keeps all that blood flowing through your jugulars nice and warm, and the welded zipper-pockets offer safe refuge for your food, tech gadgets, and keys.

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4 5

Almost perfect

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I dig this jacket but have to knock it for 2 reasons: 1) Needs pit zips for all the obvious reasons. 2) I got the red one and my friends make fun of me for wearing a "pink" jacket. It's more like salmon. I'm 5'11" 175 and the large fits perfect.

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4 5

Good durable softshell

The jacket would be perfect if it had pit zips. Even without them it's still a decent jacket. Really sturdy material and fairly water resistant even after several years of use and a few washes. There's enough stretch to the fabric to make wearing a fleece underneath comfortable and yet it still fits well in the spring and fall with just a t-shirt.

4 5

So far so good

Just completed a 3 day hike in NZ with the Monolith. It's Spring/shoulder season weather there and the jacket was great over a long sleeve bottom-layer. Struck the right balance in keeping off the brisk breeze and not causing me to overheat, as we we're working quite hard. Loose fit allows good layering underneath. Still not convinced by the reverse zip arrangement, but Andrew's view below may well prove correct.

Is this jacket basically the equivalent...

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Is this jacket basically the equivalent of the old shift softshell jackets? I have an old shift and would love one just like it.

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Jerid - The Stoic Monolith is similar to the old Shift. The Monolith fabric is bit more stout than the Polartec Power Shield used in the Shift. The Stoic Monolith is also fully welded (great stretch, weather resistance, clean lines, no-bulk seams) instead of the traditional cut/sewn construction on the Shift. As the Shift is no longer being produced, the Stoic Monolith is the closest replacement.

If the fabric was what you specifically liked about the Shift Jacket, The Stoic Welder Lo uses the same Polartec Power Shield in a hooded, fully welded construction.

I have just bought a Monolith. Looks good...

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I have just bought a Monolith. Looks good and feels comfortable. But zip base/anchor is on the right hand side of the jacket instead of the usual convention of being on the left. Feels odd when inserting and then drawing up the zip (This is the inverse of the usual protocol. Is this just me or has anyone else had this issue? I have written 3 times to the customer service team but haven’t received a response so far, so would welcome the views of anyone who has experienced this. Thanks

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That is the European style of things (same as women's jackets in the US). I have not come across a Stoic jacket with that before, but do have several European brand jackets and fleeces like that. I don't even notice it when switching between jackets and am starting to prefer the European side. Give it a few weeks and I'm sure you won't have any issues with it (especially if you like everything else about the jacket).

4 5

Love wearing this jacket around town

I bought this jacket at the end of last winter to be my mid-weight all conditions jacket, and to use as a shell for ice climbing. The coldest weather I’ve worn it in so far was mid 50’s with a steady downpour, and I was very comfortable (and dry!) with just a t-shirt underneath. I’ve found that I really enjoy wearing this jacket out in town because it looks so slick (no stitching is really smooth) and I’ve gotten compliments on the Kiln color. I’m 5'9", 160 lbs, and the medium was the right choice for me. The length is just below my waist, sleeves are 1-2 inches longer than I'd like (probably great for climbing though), and I really like that the collar looks good both folded down or sticking up to block the wind. The material is a little stiff, which I’m cool with, and the inside lining is a soft.

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Wore this jacket through a weekend ice climbing in NH. I didn't notice the sleeve length while climbing, which was a good thing. I was reasonably comfortable with this and 2 light layers in 30 degrees, but below that I had to layer up some (this jacket has no real insulation, so that's to be expected). This did great against the ice as it melted in the sun, and I was really happy with on the trip.

2 5


Not bad, not good. The long sleeves and thin writs made for a bunchy look in the sleeves, and uncomfortable when layering over. Welded seems were a little stiff, but not uncomfortable. Liked the material, but even at the SAC price, I couldn't justify keeping it. I prefer my cloudveil softshell.

5 5

Good looking jacket.

I bought this jacket for work but after a few days I liked the look of it too much and couldn't suffer getting it dirty. The fit is flattering and the welded seams look trick. When you're a spectator, put a vest on underneath and you'll feel invincible against the elements. When you're active, a T-shirt is enough.

5 5

Soft, Well-Featured & Beautiful

Good solid jacket that performs better than expected. I'm 6"2' 210lbs and went the XL. Fits beautifully. Plenty of room for layering underneath. Longer arms mean it's warmer when skiing than other soft-shells I've tried.

How does this compare to the Mtn Hardwear...

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How does this compare to the Mtn Hardwear Synchro Jacket? Fit, protection, breathability, weight, etc. Thx

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A bit longer - the syncro is cut pretty high for use with a harness. Syncro has wrist straps or collars to keep snow out. All other aspects are pretty close - my vote is for the MH Synchro.

Is there a drawstring at the waist?

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Is there a drawstring at the waist?

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Yes, Stoic Monolith jacket has drawstring at waist.

5 5

Love it

F'in love this jacket. Its lightweight, windproof, and water beads off it like an umbrella. Not very insulated but the slight fleece thats on the is inside comfy. Bottom line is its a great jacket, It really holds up on in the mountains, built tough and is my go to for going anywhere. I wear a medium and it fits fine. Im 5'8" about 150 lbs.
Used my monolith for my treck up Tuckerman Ravine. The jacket worked great! Blocked out all the wind which is helpful up there. I really do love this jacket.

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wanted to buy this stoic monolithic softshell...

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wanted to buy this stoic monolithic softshell for my husband but not sure about sizing.
he is 6', 175lb, wears L for most sports clothing. other review says this is a little baggy but my hubby does has a little mid-age belly...
so L or M? thanks

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I'm 5'11" and 175. The M is good if you're active. If you're spectating and need to layer underneath, get the L.

5 5

Great Jacket

I got this jacket as a gift for my birthday and love it. Lighter jacket but blocks wind just as well as my North Face Pamir jacket. The arms are a little longer than most jackets, but I like them. I am 6'1 230 and an XL fits me well, although it is a little tight in the chest for me but that's more due to my build than a strange fit from the jacket.

4 5

Fits the bill

I'm 5'7" 165 lbs, ordered the medium. Really like the fit and cut (semi-athletic and slim with a little extra space in the gut), good stretch in the shoulders and I have broad shoulders - loses a point for sleeves being a little bit long for me, which makes it difficult to pull the sleeves up a little bit when needed. I would rate this as a medium-lightweight softshell that seems pretty windproof. Would say it's water-resistant as advertised (light rain/snow/water beads up nicely, but it soaks through if there's enough of it). Definitely not the warmest softshell in the world, but the inside lining is soft and there's room for a layer underneath if needed. I've worn it in Utah recently in the 30-60 F temperature range and it has served its purpose. Collar is oddly a little taller and floppier than I would like, but this allows you to zip it up easily if you really want to avoid a scarf around town or gaiter in the mountains. The orange on black accents aren't as strange as I thought they'd be and actually distinguish it from other softshells. Zipper pulls are clearly imitating Marmot, but that's OK. Love the pockets. Love the little extra length in the back to keep it from riding up as well. The welded seams seem solid too and haven't noticed any issues with stitching either.

5 5

Stoic Monolith - my best softshell

I have acquired a lot of softshells over the years and have not been really excited about any of them. They were not very warm or worked well in only a specific range of conditons.
The Monolith works great as a casual jacket( Warm) and has proven to be a great ski shell too. I have worn it on days that turned out to be colder and winder then i anticipated and stayed warm. The tall collar and long, tapered sleeves keep the cold out. And the material and welded seams really keep out the wind.
I would differ on those saying it is baggy. I got a Medium. I am 5'10" 155. It is a bit loose around the chest, but that allows room for a good mid layer. I would say the arms and waist are more of an athletic fit.

5 5


Perfect 3 season softshell. Sheds water like a Teflon pan, cuts through the wind, packs down small, cut for athletic builds, enuf arm and hip length for reach and stretch. The biggest deal is the feel. 4way stretch and soft material inside make it comfy enuf to grab for cool morning in the house! Have you ever reached past a fleece for a shell to make morning coffee? That comfy. Not a warm stand alone jacket for winter. Only room for light to medium layering. Can't comment on breathability yet. Looks a million times cooler than a TNF Windwall that everyone and their brother is wearing. I loved mine so much, gave one to my brother for his BDay.

5 5

Great softshell

I've been looking for something to replace an older 1/4 zip softshell and when this came up on sale, I gave it a shot. I'm glad I did. I'm 6'3", 175 and the medium fits close which is just how I like a jacket to fit. It looks GREAT. (My girlfriend noticed it and complimented me on it the first moment she saw me in it.) But more importantly, it's comfortable and warm. Great jacket a steal on sale and worth the full price too, I'd say.

3 5

Nice material, baggy

The material and workmanship is great, welded seams appeared perfect. Orange on black looks cool.

Fit is not athletic, which is fine for some but didn't work for me. In fact it's way baggy.

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