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Fused dynamism and breathable warmth: say say goodbye to the sauna-effect.

Hyper-breathable and element-shunning, the Stoic Women’s Welder Lo Softshell trumps your old go-to softy. The Welder Lo’s Polartec Power Shield softshell fabric fends off all but the worst of what Mother Nature has to offer without leaving you all steamy on the uptrack—the Welder breathes better than a Lamaze coach. Fully welded seams add further weather protection, while eliminating the bulk and rub routine common in other stitched-seam softshells. The Welder Lo’s fully-adjustable hood fits over helmets and beanies alike—making the Welder a great partner whether you’re skiing the deeps or stuck on belay. Layer over a t-shirt or a few more layers—the Welder’s feminine-figure-flattering 3-D ergonomic cut adds a fourth dimension to Power Shield softshell fabric’s dynamic fit.
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5 5

Great climbing jacket!

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

This is perfect for climbing. The hood could be more helmet-compatible but it does fit over mine with some stretching. I tie it to my harness and put it on when needed. It meets all my climbing must-haves: easy to tie on, easy to zip on in awkward situations, strong zip pockets, stretches with my movements, workable hood. I admit it has a few half-punctures but I abuse this thing - smash it into gear in chimneys, etc. Still impressed.
I got a small and it is the right fit. It flares out at the bottom unnecessarily but not unacceptably. I'm 5'9'', short torso, 130-140lbs.

5 5

Great jacket!!

I love this jacket so much, I want to buy another one! The fit is perfect for me (168cm/60kg - medium) and the long sleeves are fantastic. It hasn't rained yet, so haven't tested that, but it cuts the wind and cold beautifully. It's a really lovely cut and so comfortable. I'd definitely recommend this jacket, love it!!

4 5

Recommended for everyday use/moderate winter activities

I'm 5'4" - 140lbs and ordered a Medium. The price was right on SAC, so I went for it. The fit is decent, not as shapely as I was hoping for, but I still get compliments often. The sleeves are really long, so I often fold them up. I am able to wear 2 thin layers underneath (over long johns), but it's tight because the sleeves are very fitted. As far as functionality goes, this jacket is great in drier, windy conditions. It is water resistant, but after 20 minutes in a heavy WA rain, my shoulders were soaked. I don't think the seams leaked, it just seeped through material. The hood works great; fits well and doesn't hang in the eyes or block peripheral vision. Great for use in freezing temps with layers and breathes well for activities like hiking/skinning. Overall a good purchase for everyday use and most winter activities.

Recommended for everyday use/moderate winter activities
3 5

Not bad...

I bought this in size SM for my girlfriend who is 5'8" and 115lbs. She has long trevor/alien arms and although the arms were long enough the SM was a little short in the torso. A medium fit much better. She would have kept the jacket but the inside was a strange fleece like material that stuck to everything and ruined any chances of layering fleece, or anything other than smooth nylon underneath. When she did try a fleece under the jacket it bunched up and stuck to the inside of the arms which made movement annoying. The insulated version of this jacket would solve the problem, but we ended up buying the Stoic Bombshell in size M and she is totally happy with it.

5 5

Best Jacket I own!

My husband bought the mens version of this jacket off of steepandcheap after watching him strut around in it for a few weeks I decided I needed one. I kept my eye peeled and lo and behold it showed and I bought.

I read all the reviews and still decided to get a Large. I am 5'5 and 130. Another reviewer said she was basically the same as me and got a M. The only reason I knew to go with a L was because my husband who is a L normally got an XL. So I too went a size up.

Best decision I have ever made. I got the jacket, love at first sight. I love that the sleeve are a little long, I cant stand coats, jackets, sweaters, shirts that the sleeve meets right at my wrist, it bugs. With the L there is plenty of room to layer, now when I say plenty I don't mean a ton, but I can get a few thin layers in underneath and it still leaves me with a little wiggle room. Super tight jackets are not cool people.

This jacket is light weight and super soft inside. I would sleep in it if I could and I am seriously considering getting the other colors too (I got the black- oh thats my only issue, its not really a true black, its like a grey black.... oh well still love it)

Highly highly recommend this coat, both hubby and I wear them ours all the time, which is unfortunate sometimes because we are matchy matchy....

4 5

Stoic...or at least mostly stoic

I had the same aforementioned issue with the fit of the forearms and was actually thinking of returning the jacket because of it. I'm glad I gave it a test-drive first. For me I can fit multiple core layers under this jacket, but only one (maybe two if you make them uber thin) full-sleeve layer. Still, I found that on the slopes the narrowing sleeves were no issue at all, and actually made it easier to layer with my gloves.

The hood fits perfectly over a helmet and it zips all the way to my goggles. The water repellance is great, but wind goes right through it.

Lack of wind resistance ended up being my only detractor here, but when you catch that arctic blast up on the lift that's a pretty big detractor.

4 5

Light, Flexible

Also got this jacket on for less than $90. The jacket is lightly lined with soft brushed fleece (black), but not insulated. It's super light, great cut, very STRETCHY, hood is adjustable, brim is sufficient. I'm 5'5" and got a medium for my average-athletic frame. I wear medium in all Marmot apparel.

My only complaint is that the arms are a tad form fitting. Not when my arms are straight, but when they are bent. The elbows feel a little tight, but good thing it's stretchy. I can only wear a base layer (and a vest) under this jacket; no mid-layer fleece. The rest of the body fits fine for my medium frame.

This would be great for some spring skiing layering, but it's still too cold out for me to be venturing out in only a base layer + light soft shell in the mountains. So, unfortunately, I cannot review its breathability yet just yet.

I have the berry/white. I was worried about it being too "neon pink" but it is not at all.

just spent 2 weeks living in ths jacket...

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just spent 2 weeks living in ths jacket in the Teton wilderness in a NOLS course. It is pretty smelly at ths point. it does not have any cleaning instructions - do I wash it or have it dry cleaned?

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Check left hand warmer pocket for washing instructions:
1. Stoic recommends washing with Nikwax Tech Wash
2. After washing, treat with Nikwax Soft Shell Proof to maintain/restore water repellency

5 5

Just waht I was looking for

Just got this jacket in the grey/blue color-- size Med (130 lbs 5'7"). I love it!!! I plan to use it this weekend for some XC skiing. The fit is fantastic and very flattering to the female form. I have just enough room to ad a few thin layers underneath for really frigid temps. The colors are darker than pictured but, I like it better that way. More like a dark grey and teal (my favorite color). It may be nice if it had some pit zips for venting but, who knows, it may not even need them.

5 5


Just got it, wore it all rainy weekend! LOVE it. It's the first shell I've had that looks cute, is warm, breathable and functional. I snagged the deal on Steep & Cheap for $100, but it's worth the price on Backcountry! Water resistant, and fleece lined!

5 5

Awesome Jacket!!

This jacket is absolutely wonderful and is so versatile. I wear it as soon as the weather starts to get cool enough to need a wind breaker to into the spring to cope with the heavy spring rains.

The jacket is fairly water repellent and with a big hood you won't even notice that its raining. One thing though, try to keep it mostly clean while you can since washing the jacket can make not repel water very well. If you do get it dirty you really should wash it with Nikwax and treat the fabric again.

The best thing about this is the heat regulation. It doesn't just trap the heat, I typically don't get ridiculously sweaty in it like some other jackets. it keeps out strong winds and when paired with an insulating layer is perfect for any cold weather (even a sweater or plain sweat shirt works well in 15 deg F weather with wind).

And last but not least the fit is really nice. Most cold weather gear makes you look like the kid in A Christmas story, like a snowman, but this jacket is nicely fitted. I have a medium and I have space to fit at 2 thin base layers and an insulating layer (like you'd ever need that much!) with ample hips and chest. The arms are a little tighter than I would like but its really not that much of a problem unless your base layers are very bulky in the sleeves.

Is this jacket insulated at all?

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Is this jacket insulated at all?

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The Welder Lo is not insulated, but intended for highly aerobic activities where breathability, stretch, and weather protection are key. The Polartec Power Shield used in this jacket does have a microfleece lining, but is still very light. If you're looking for an insulated softshell - try the Welder Insulated. The Welder Insulated actually has a synthetic insulation which would keep you much warmer than the Welder Lo.

Stoic Welder in action

Stoic Welder in action

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Nice jacket for touring!

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So it's warm enough for the mountain then? I'm looking for a new snowboarding jacket.