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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Does the jacket have enough room in it to wear an insulated vest under it?
Yeah there should be enough room. The fit is not super tight.
- 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.
- 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!
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 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.
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.