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A trim insulating layer that boasts high-end, fully-welded construction.

Your storm shell is going to get a whole lot less time out of your pack because the Stoic Men's Welder Lo Softshell Jacket is here to take over as your go-to, cold-weather layer. The Lo derives its name from the trim, low-loft fleece that insulates this jacket without adding bulk. Highly breathable and weather-resistant material, fully-welded construction, and an athletic, streamlined fit make this jacket so technically capable that you won't have to pull out another jacket until the storm really starts raging.

  • Polartec Power Shield softshell fabric keeps you dry when wet precipitation falls, and the fabric breathes away excess heat and moisture so you feel dry even if you're working up a sweat
  • Fully welded seams add further weather protection while eliminating the bulky, abrasive feeling that's common in stitched-seam softshells
  • Fleece liner is non-bulky and capable of keeping you warm in cold, mid-winter weather
  • Fully-adjustable hood fits over helmets and beanies alike, making the Welder a great partner when you’re skiing the deeps or stuck on belay
  • Backcountry.com is the exclusive US distributor for Stoic products

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5 5

Awesome!

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

Perfect light weight and warm when it needs to be. Star proof, but haven't tested in a major down poorer. It like it! Lighter than my north face. This may become my go to jacket!

5 5

"Hey Nice Looking Jacket!"

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

I get nothing but compliments on this Jacket. It is awesome! It is kind of my go too. I live in Vancouver, Canada and this works well as a casual yet weather specific jacket. I can wear it to the coffee shop off Main Street or wear it to crank off a few runs on the North Shore Slopes. Very versatile, true to fit, nice cut. I thought the white would look good but I was worried about it looking "dirty" all the time. Thats not the case. Two thumbs Way Up!

5 5

Incredible value, great temp regualtion

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

I had the BC version of this several years ago and loved it. I picked one of these up a few weeks ago for spring riding. This is a very well made, versatile, comfortable and affordable soft-shell. It blocks wind very well (better than my MH Kepler soft-shell) regulates temp like no other (used it in 25 degree with 25 mph wind to 65 degree in the city without needing to take it off) and fits very well. I am 6'1" 200lb athletic build and the XL fits great. Not huge but not restricted. I had to sell off my size Large BC version so this fit the bill perfectly. For this price, you are getting a really great jacket that will see a lot of use.

5 5

Awesome first time softshell

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

Right out of the box you will enjoy the pretty details this jacket has. It comes Wrapped in a nice stoic bag, once you unfold it you'll feel the lightness of this protective and elegant jacket. It is made to hit the city crosswalks and the gravel paths you can find on a hiking day. Great breathable layer and a lot of pockets to put your stuff in. The hoodie is the best I've ever wore. It protects your ears from the wind!!!! I'm definitively going for some more stoic clothes.

What is the difference between this jacket...

What is the difference between this jacket and the "Stoic Welder Hi Softshell"?? I know the obvious difference is the fact there is a "HI" instead of a "LO" in the name. But whats the main differences??

Best Answer Responded on

Hey Dan,

The difference, unlike a rose, is in the name. The Welder Hi is made with a high loft fleece which by definition of the name will be more prominent with a high pilled fleece. On the opposite end of the spectrum the Welder Lo is made of a low loft fleece to keep the jacket trimmer.�

I'm looking for a jacket that I can use...

I'm looking for a jacket that I can use when doing some road cycling in winter/spring in France. After something that will protect me if I get rained on, but not stew me once I get moving. Also something I could use while hiking/climbing/backpacking. Should I go with this bad boy or the Stoic Vaporshell 3L Anorak? I know there's a massive price difference, but that must be for a reason.

Best Answer Responded on

Of the two, I think I'd go with the Vaporshell, but I'm biased toward uninsulated hard shells. The reason for that bias though is that I hate to be sweaty and damp -- and I hate arriving places a mess. If you exercise in the Vaporshell though, make no mistake that you will get sweaty.

The problem here is weather/workout variance. My guess is that on all but the coldest days you'll find the soft-shell to be too warm--and the vaporshell too unbreathable--for cycling. Certainly the softshell would be too warm for the spring. Also, that hood is gonna be like a parachute on your bike.

I'd recommend you use insulating layers (light fleeces work great) and then cover up with a cycling specific CONVERTIBLE jacket like this one:

http://www.backcountry.com/pearl-izumi-elite-barrier-convertible-jacket-mens

That would give you massive versatility (and you'd look awesome too).

If you're concerned that the cycling jacket that won't cover you sufficiently doing a downpour around town, you could pick up the Vaporshell as well. It will fit in your pocket and the price of both is the same-ish as this Welder soft-shell.

Has anyone worn this jacket in wetter,...

Has anyone worn this jacket in wetter, coastal areas? How is it for being repellant?

Best Answer Responded on

I wore this jacket all year round for about 3 years in Maine (very coastal, sometimes very wet). The jacket is very windproof, and a bit water repellent (I tend to reapply softshell proof every year, or so). if it's misty or foggy out, or maybe even a light drizzle this will keep you dry for a while (read: hours or longer), if it's pouring though this jacket will wet out and you'll start to feel pretty damp inside, in about 10 minutes (I know this from a very ill thought out experience). Overall I love this jacket and probably wear it more then any other "shell" I have, it's great for fall or spring days with no rain that are a tad chilly, and awesome for snow in the winter (it will keep you dry in snow all day long). That being said I always bust out my hardshell when it's really raining out.

5 5

Best Jacket Ever

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I picked one of these up on sale more than three years ago and I have all but forgotten about every other coat I own. It has survived 300+ ski days living in Vail, more backpacking trips than I can count and 8 14ers here in CO. I was hesitant about it not having pit zips, but I wear it skiing when it is 50 degrees in the spring and with a couple layers, down to 5 or 10 in January and have never been uncomfortable. The fit is athletic, but allows for layers without being baggy. I clipped a tree and tore the sleeve open 2 years ago and gorilla tape has held it together ever since (I refuse to exchange something I broke myself). I keep hoping they will bring back the dark green with neon trim so I can buy another! Alas, I fear I may be forced to buy kindergarten blue and red... or wait another year and see if my dreams come true. Either way, I will continue to love my Welder-lo.

Best Jacket Ever
Responded on

I feel you man, I have the neon green trim version as well, and though it has plenty of life left in it, the three years of constant use are starting to show, and I rue the day that I will have to replace it with one of these new garish color combinations.

Does this jacket have pit-zips as well,...

Does this jacket have pit-zips as well, or only the hi version? Thanks

Responded on

No pit zips, which was a problem for me until I wore it. I have never worn it and been wanting for pit zips.

I am just wondering if there is a recommended...

I am just wondering if there is a recommended under layer for this shell. I am just trying to understand what is really needed to keep you warm if skiing in the NE. Some posts lead you to believe the shell is good on it own while others talk about under layers.

Best Answer Responded on

Firstly, I would emphasize that the Stoic Welder Lo is a softshell jacket and will not have the level of waterproofness that you will get out of a hardshell jacket, but it will be lighter and in many ways more comfortable. Many people choose to use them as an outer layer while skiing.

However, whether you are wearing a softshell or hardshell jacket when skiing, the great benefit of a good quality outer shell is that you can use it in a variety of conditions by going light or heavy with under layers. If I knew it was going to be a relatively warm day or if I was going to be exerting myself on the slopes (e.g. alpine touring). I might go lighter underneath this jacket with only a light baselayer like the Patagonia R1.

On the other hand, if the temps are supposed to be low, or the wind especially harsh, I would suggest layering a lightweight synthetic or down insulating layer under like a Arc'teryx Atom SV or Cerium LT.

How heavy you decide to make your layers has much more to do with the intensity of your activity and the conditions of the day than it has to do with the conditions of the region.

4 5

Not for meat hands

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

The fit was true to size but I had troubles getting my meat hands through the cuffs. Since there is not a Velcro strap or elastic, this was not feasible for me.

5 5

Great jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I have used this jacket for a while now and it is definitely my go to jacket for all my outings. Rock climbing, mountain biking, backpacking, and even just casual wear.

There is plenty of room in the hood for a helmet while climbing. The jacket is not a tight fit so you can put other layers on underneath it. The fleece lining on the inside is heavy enough to keep you warm when you need it, but also then enough to keep you cool if the temperatures happen to rise.

Overall this is such a great jacket that you cannot go wrong with. Especially for the price!

Responded on

I was thinking of this jacket for mountain biking. I usually do some pedalling to get to my favourite zones. How's the breathability/sweat build up in this jacket?

I'm really interested in this jacket, but...

I'm really interested in this jacket, but just curious about the insulation. I get very warm when I downhill ski and don't want to over heat. Is the jacket just lined with a thin layer of fleece for comfort or is it actually layer of insulation?
Also wondering if the jacket has a draw cord along the bottom?

Responded on

You can't go wrong with this jacket! Its not overly insulated with just a thin layer of fleece on the inside. And yes, it does have a drawstring along the bottom!

I really want to buy one of these jackets....

I really want to buy one of these jackets. Will the new season colors be in soon? I know that BC reads these reviews, and in my opinion, the stoic colors are terrible. Can we please have some normal colors to choose from this season? If they had some less radical colors, I would have purchased one of these yesterday.

Responded on

Hey Aaron,

Sorry you don't like the colors but we have more than 600 of these in stock at the moment and simple economics wont allow us to get more until we are nearly sold out.

Best Answer Responded on

Just my opinion, but I have the midnight/paprika colorway and it doesn't too "radical." I'd say the midnight doesn't seem quite as bright in person, but it isn't a deep navy either. I get a lot of compliments on the jacket.

Responded on

I just picked up the mist/gunmetal color. And to be honest the photo on the BC website is a lot brighter than the actual jacket. the color is a lot more neutral in person and doesn't pop as much. when I purchased the jacket I was under the impression it was going to be a lot whiter but it's much more neutral than I had expected.

Does the jacket have enough room in it to...

Does the jacket have enough room in it to wear an insulated vest under it?

Best Answer Responded on

Yeah there should be enough room. The fit is not super tight.

5 5

Fit and Flexible

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pretty good design and comfortable wearing. I wear M and it fits me very well, in 183CM with 75kg.

5 5

BUCKWILD

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Me: I'm 5'10, 170lbs, skiier, hiker, outdoors-er. Had this Jacket in Blue Medium for just over a month. Picture above is me on Mt Rainier in a blizzard being retarded.

I was lucky enough to be able to go into the BC store in SLC to try on this softshell and about 4 others. Arcteryx Gamma, Venta. Patagonia Northwall, Mountain Hardware Kepler.

I picked the Stoic because of a couple things. The fit was just as good and tight to me without restricting movement as others, previous versions had good reviews, and the cost of this shell costs 4x's less than some of the others.

So far I've worn this jacket casually alot which works great for an everyday jacket for me. I also hiked to about 9000' in a blizzard on Mt. Rainier the first weekend I had it, the temp was low 20's wind was blowing 30+ mph and all I had was this on and the Stoic "Breathe 90" long sleeve underneath and was completely warm touring up the Muir snowfield. This shell breathes incredibly well and insulates even better. 2 weeks later I took it hiking my local mountain before it opened touring again wearing the same but it was about 40 degrees out, again stayed warm and did not sweat it out. Yesterday I was at Mt Baker where it was snowing incredibly hard and again, this jacket performed solid. At the end of the day yesterday the jacket was a little water logged from a warmer snow, but I was still dry.

Features I love: The elastic cuffs around your wrists, they stay tight to them so you dont have to finagle with gloves. Hood is very comfortable, even around my helmet. Easy adjustments from inside the pockets. Inside pocket is good for holding phone or keeping Energy Bars warm. Pockets are fleece lined.

Missed out on: Having pit zips, this would be nice to exhaust some extra heat out.

Buy one now, never look back!

BUCKWILD

I had a [Backcountry.com Shift Welder...

I had a [Backcountry.com Shift Welder Hoody] and it was stolen on a previous trip. How does this compare to that jacket (weight, athletic fit, material, warmth). I LOVED that jacket and really wish that I could replace that one.

I had a [Backcountry.com Shift Welder...
Responded on

I can't say for sure, because I don't know much about your old hoody. The Welder softshells are great jackets though, IMHO. The welder lo has minimal insulation on the inside, while the welder hi has a nice thick "high-loft fleece" lining that is very warm. I would try to pick one up on sale, and I don't think you'll be disappointed. Stoic is BC's in-house brand, so I would expect the build quality to be on-par with your old one. Good luck.

Responded on

Thanks for your comments. So, I did pick one up on the Thanksgiving sale. I will probably keep it, but after trying it on, I do notice a few differences that I am not thrilled with. The lining is just a little thinner than the Welder, which can be good or bad, but I can always add another layer. The fit was a little looser as well, again allowing for that additional layer. I really preferred the *more* athletic fit of the Welder, though; this jacket does still have a decent fit. The final big difference that I saw on the quick try on was the missing zipper slider at the bottom. This was something that I used a lot on my trips in the Welder, when I sat down, and I wish that the zipper slider was on both ends and that the whole zipper was a little higher quality, as it was with the Welder.

Overall, while I still have the tags on it, I will probably keep it and test it out in real world. I think that the Welder was a higher quality jacket, and even on sale (which I bought both on sale), they were the same price. I am a little disappointed, but I am also trying to compare something to what, in my opinion, was the perfect jacket.

Best Answer Responded on

Chad, I have an old Shift Welder in Medium if you're looking, that exact model and color above. You're right, it's a fantastic jacket, which is why I've kept it around but it sounds like you're more in love with it than I ever was. Hasn't been worn in a few years, so lmk!

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Chad I have one of those as well. Mine is the grey color. I love it. It fits me perfectly that I can still wear a Couple layers under. Backcountry should get rid of stoic and bring back the goat.