Fused dynamism with high-loft insulation—your furry backcountry friend.

January dawn patrols and high-alpine ascents call for warm, dynamic protection: say hello to the high loft fleece-insulated Stoic Welder Hi Softshell Jacket. The Welder Hi’s fully-welded winter-weight sofsthell material bolstered by high-loft fleece acts as a insulating shelter from elements, while maintaining four-way stretch mobility and highly breathable, weather-shunning protection. The Welder Hi’s fully-adjustable hood makes room helmets when for when you’re tooling away on an alpine climb, and the hood compresses to fit over a beanie without limiting vision for in-bounds ski days.

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4 5

Warm and Slim

I wear this jacket snowboarding at The Canyons on days where it's not too cold. For the really cold days I still fall back on my Foursquare jacket. The insulation on the inside is really soft and nice. The only negative is that the sleeves are really long, to the point of being annoying. I'm 6'0 and 165 lb's and I had to return the medium for a large.

5 5

Perfect on the Mountain

I had a few reservations about this jacket's performance in the wind and its water-proofing after reading a few of the other reviews. Just got back from Wolf Creek Colorado and the jacket held up marvelously in 20-30 mph gusts. Forecast was 18 degrees with -15 wind chill and I was cozy in my Welder Hi and a base layer from REI. Hood function is fantastic--fit over the helmet when I wanted it, and the drawstrings let me close it up when I wasn't wearing it so it didn't fill up with snow. Didn't notice any problems with waterproofing but the snow wasn't real wet. Collar had plenty of space to come up over my face and shield it on the lift, so I didn't need to wear a gator. Super comfortable, light-weight performance in some pretty chilly conditions. I won't ride with anything else now.

As far as fit, I wear Large in just about everything, (16.5 34/35 shirts, 42 regular Suit Coat) and the Large fits perfectly.

5 5

Awesome jacket

Got this jacket on Steep and Cheap for $99 but was planning on paying much more for it. the best feature is the welder fabric. It is much softer to the touch than softshell fabrics from other brands, but does not seem to be less durable. The fleece inside is also super-soft. The hood does fit over a ski helmet, but it is a pretty tight fit.

President's day weekend at Telluride allowed me to test in a wide variety of conditions, from 40 and sunny to driving wind and snow. Even in crazy wind at the top of the mountain, I was comfortable with just a mid-wight base-layer. But I didn't get overheated at the base either.

Movement is good because of the fabric; the lack of a powder skirt is noticeable; and it does a pretty good job repelling water. I am 5'7" 180 lbs and wear size large in this jacket.

4 5

odd fit, but really cozy

6' and 190lb the large was way too tight with a t-shirt and polartec layer. Chest is tight and arm holes are way too small, but arms are quite long. I returned the L and ordered an XL hope the arms are not too long. Can't wait because I love the liner. This liner is really unusual for a softshell--after seeing it, I would love a waterproof hard shell with this liner.

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Follow-up! After upsizing to an XL, still too tight in the chest. I want this jacket, but will now have to try an XXL. love all the details and materials, but this would only be usable with a t-shirt.

If I were to wear this with just a T-shirt,...

If I were to wear this with just a T-shirt, how low could the temp go?

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This answer is speculation because everyone is so different and it depends on what type of activity your are doing. I would say most people would be in the high 20's to low 30's F.

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What kind of "hi loft fleece" is it? similar to a 300 weight or lower than that?

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Stats, it reminds me of the Mountain Hardwear Monkey fur texture.

4 5

Super Comfortable

This is my first Stoic jacket, and I've got to say, I'm impressed. The liner is super, super comfortable, and it's packed with extra features. I've had the jacket for just over two weeks and I've worn it almost every day. I still love it and I'm sure you will too. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is the fit. Most of the previous reviewers mentioned that they have an athletic build and that the jacket fit them pretty well. Well, I don't necessarily have an "athletic build," and the jacket was a little difficult to size. I'm about 5'9" and weigh about 195 lbs, and in most brands I can get away with a medium, but for this jacket I had to buy a large to get the torso to fit correctly. Because of that, the sleeves are a little long, but this is easily remedied by tightening the velcro on the end of the sleeves.

5 5

Super Warm

Got this off SteepandCheap and like another user commented on, it is a total steal. When i first put it on the shell didnt feel that well made, but i wore it outside and on a 10 degree day with a cold win, i was comfortably warm. I normally wear a medium but i got a large and it fits perfect

5 5

Total steal from SAC

Just got this from SAC yesterday, and took in on a morning lap on Mansfield. Single digits, light wind, and just a thin wool base layer. This jacket rocks--warm, perfect fit (i got a large, 6' 165), slim but room to move. It was great on the uphill, but a little breezy on the downhill. It was around 5 degrees, though.

For just over 100 shipped from SAC, it's likely the best deal I've ever found, and I'm a cheap SOB when it comes to gear. Definately my new go-to jacket for touring and uphill laps. Another reviewer was right, though, on a windy ridge you would probably want another windblocking layer, at least on your chest.

5 5

soooo comfy!

I love this jacket!! does extremely well in both wind and water! I think someone mentioned how quiet this jacket is compared to some softshells and I couldn't agree more. Its very quiet while moving.
only small issues i have with it, i wish it was about an inch longer. Everything aspect as far as fit is perfect.
another, though I dont think it is too much of an issue, is the pit zips seem to rub a bit while swinging your arms back and forth... It may cause some unwanted wear on the jacket.

soooo comfy!
4 5

Very nice jacket.

I bought this on SAC for $100 and am extremely happy that I did. It's crazy warm for a softshell. It's exactly what i was looking for. I needed something for the day when my old TNF softshell wasn't warm enough and the Stoic Welder Hi is a perfect fit for that. The pitzips, welded seams and hood are nice bonuses. The material is a little different than I'm used to but it feels nice. It's smoother than my other softshell.

I like the longer sleeves and back. I'm 6'0" and 175 lbs and the large fits perfect. I would suggest that if you are borderline between two sizes choose the larger of the two.

I would have a hard time justifying buying this for the $299 msrp but at $99 it's a steal.

5 5

Great jacket for active days

I wore this jacket during my summit to Kilimanjaro.
The temp was ~10 F, 30 mph winds, and light mist, but this jacket kept me warm and dry and didn't cause me to overheat on the way to the top. I even wore it to bed on a particularly cold night on the mountain. Very comfortable, but as already mentioned, the fit is trim. I'm 6'2", 220 and the XL fits me perfectly with room for 2 extra layers underneath. It isn't 100% windproof, but if you keep moving, you'll stay warm. Great jacket.

Great jacket for active days
4 5

warmth for active pursuits

The jacket seems well-designed and fits well enough (6'4", 170 lbs., got the large, and my only complaint re. fit is that I can't keep the cuffs over my short gloves; will need to wear it with gauntlets next time). It's pretty slim and does look a little funny with heavy layers underneath. The color known as "Deep" is what I'd call "teal." It's not as blue as it looks in the pic. The shell material is light and soft -not stiff. I bought it for Tele and snowboard, and when I'm bundled up, it's a little snug and minimal. It doesn't fit like a typical downhill ski parka. I found I liked it better for cold xc touring (rather than for resort days), when I can get by with fewer layers underneath (pic -probably -7F at over 9000'). Sitting on a chairlift at Snowmass, I could feel some wind through it, it seemed, and it was a fairly mild day (low 20's?). I would say it's very breathable, and plenty water-resistant for most purposes. In my personal opinion, it (like most Stoic gear) looks a bit too techy to stand in for street-wear.

warmth for active pursuits
4 5

Warm coat if you keep moving,

The waterproofing on this coat is awesome and the fleece inside is very comfortable. Walking around park city in January it doesn't keep you very warm. However if you're wearing a base layer and are active (skiing or snowboarding) you'll stay pretty warm in weather down to the 20s.

5 5

Really great jacket

I'd been looking for a good coat for months, and originally bought the Marmot Vertical. It wasn't as warm as I'd hoped though and I ended up returning it and getting this one due to all the great reviews.

When it first arrived, I'll admit I felt a little let-down. The material feels very unique... almost cheap. But I just took it skiing up at Sundance this morning, and it was fantastic! I stayed surprisingly warm. (I was only wearing long underwear and a t-shirt underneath.) I was able to move so freely, it was almost like I just had a hoodie on.

5 5 Review! wrote up a full review of this awesome jacket.


What is the best way to wash/treat Stoic...

What is the best way to wash/treat Stoic 100% down filled, 100% nylon covered clothing?

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Use a front-loading washer on a delicate cycle with cold water and a good specialty down detergent. Then into the dryer on low with a couple of clean tennis balls in there with it. I would take it out a few times during the dryer cycle to fluff it up, even with the tennis balls in there. Fluff it up again after it is finished drying.

4 5

Solid coat

Tried this jacket on today in the large and medium. I am often a Med, but with this was comfy in the Large. Perfect jacket for nearly everything I do under 50 degrees Fahrenheit.