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One of my Favorite Jackets!
This is one of my favorite jackets because it is comfortable and looks good! The microfleece on the inside of the arms is slightly annoying when putting the jacket on over a baselayer because it grabs the base layer sleeves more than other jackets and pulls them up. Just grab onto your sleeves when you put the jacket on and you'll be fine though! :)
Just what I want in a hooded softshell
Bought this on SAC for the amazing price of $80.00, and I have to say, it has performed in every way imaginable, with a few quirks. I bought it in June, 2011, so I decided I wouldn't review it until it spent a season ice climbing, snow shoeing, and XC skiing in it. Those activities have come and gone in the Adirondacks, and i must say I was impressed with the performance. It held the wind at bay while belaying in -4 temps, and breathed well while exerting myself in 32 degree ski tours. The hood is perfect to fit over a climbing helmet, though it does droop a bit without. The Napoleon pocket is clutch for granola bars or sunglasses, and the sleeves are long enough for my 6' 4", 200 lb frame (ordered a Large.)
Two minor gripes: The hand pockets are too low for harness/hip belt wear, and the bungees that tighten the hood are too light, and awkwardly placed inside the hood with a strange place holder that makes it weird to get a perfectly custom fit.
I still think this deserves the full 5 stars because of its performance, style, and how cheap I got it. If BC fixes the two minor flaws, this will definitely be up there as a top hooded softshell.
Great Stoic Jacket
I bought this jacket for my husband, it is very stylish, he gets a lot of compliments. It is great quality, totally waterproof. Only things to watch out are the black is not really black is more like a dark grey and it runs a little small, so size up when getting one, but apart from these things it is an awesome jacket. Another thing is that it's not super warm so when using it in a really cold day wear a sweater underneath.
funny thing about the hood:
funny thing about the hood:
This jacket has the biggest one of all my jackets, but it's not big enough for my XL Giro G10 (the jacket is in M)
Just out of curiousity, does anyone make big enough hoods for this kind of physique? :)
I have founds the hoods on Norrona outerwear to be even bigger
Both hoods and price tags :)
Under High Winds
Under high winds (~100km/h) in Serra da Mantiqueira, Brasil. The Stoic Welder Lo softshell jacket has a great performance in intense outdoor activity, it is highly breathable and extremely confortable.
Have snow, will adventure!
What's that sleek jacket to the right?
Love this Jacket!
I am a huge Stoic fan and I own a lot of Stoic jackets. I wear this one a lot in the fall and spring as it is light but has a thin fleece lining. It looks freaking awesome too!
I see a lot of posts on how this...
I see a lot of posts on how this jacket holds up in the wind, rain and snow. How does it perform in warmer weather? Late spring-early fall? Also, how big are the pockets? Would I be able to fit a large camera body and/or lens in them?
Thanks in advance!
It'll breathe well, but it's probably too warm for weather warmer than around 60. Especially if you're exercising. For chillier weather, overcast, wind, or maybe at night around camp, it should be perfect. The pockets are big enough for a dSLR body and lens individually perhaps, but probably not together. It's possible that if it was on the smaller side and you only had a 50mm lens or something, you could get it in there, but they're not huge by any means.
Welder Lo on Washington Approach
Again, nothing but the Welder. I'd later throw another jacket on top to cut out more windchill, but while I was moving, it was a near-perfect system.
Welder Lo at Madison
Wearing nothing but this jacket at 15 degrees. It's a genius setup that kept me really comfortable.
I really do like this jacket, and I think it's one of the better looking shells on the market. The two down sides I found are it's not as warm as I hoped, but if you layer up you'll be fine. The other thing was it's not that highly water resistant. After a few hours in wet snow it did soak through to my skin. But that was your typical north-east wet snow. But if your in cold dry snow this is the bomb...
ADK Mt. Marcy Snowshoe Trip
Are the Stoic jackets sized to fit over...
Are the Stoic jackets sized to fit over base and midlayers?
I'm right on the line between Small and medium; would a small jacket constrict movement when wearing layers? without wearing the jackets i can't be sure
This jacket has a very athletic cut. I have a 40 or 41 inch chest and I got the large which fits exactly how I want it to, but I can't comfortably fit a heavyweight fleece under there. Also, the cut of the forearms and wrists is pretty narrow, which is not conducive to Midlayers. A 100 or 200 weight fleece tops. In general though, if you're in between sizes you should usually go UP when it comes to stoic gear.
I agree, most of the Stoic brand runs a bit small. If you are between sizes I would go with the larger size.
I am 5'9" and weigh 145. I bought a medium.
I wore in South Lake Tahoe 4 days skiing recently and it was excellent. It was snowing at times and was in a lot of powder other days, and had no issues with wetness. It was also fairly windy and the wind did not penetrate.
I see many reviews don't like the fit but I found it to be excellent. I wore a base-layer, a thermal, and a sweater under the jacket and was not restricted at all. The sleeves are snug but it is a non-factor. It is snug around around the shoulders but again a non-factor. Once you are on mountain you do not notice.The hood stinks.
I will certainly buy a stoic hi-welder if I came across one.
Go for it.
This is a really nice jacket. It's extremely well made, and it will hold up for a long time. The idea of welded seams is nice, and once you break in the jacket the seams soften up and function well, adding to it's weather resistance. Powershield performs just as well as usual, blocking about 99% of wind and beading water well in light rain. My only problems with this jacket are some design flaws. The hood is helmet compatible, which means that while it is fully adjustable it will never properly fit you without a helmet. This is stupid because your helmet doesn't need to stay warm, and your head stays warmer the closer the hood is to it, thus they should fit the hood. My only other design qualms are that the pockets aren't raised so you can't use them with a pack on, and that it doesn't have hook-and-loop closures on the wrists, so unless you're wearing gloves the sleeves fall down your wrists. As far as fit goes, it's athletic, so consider sizing up if you like a loose fitting jacket. I am 5'9" and 160lbs and the medium fits very comfortably, but only with room for a baselayer. The big hood is annoying, but I've found that when you're not wearing the hood up, it serves quite well as a neck gaiter, which I do like. I still can't understand why they aren't raised to function overtop of a hip belt.
If you're willing to forego the conventional layering system, wearing just this jacket without any kind of layers underneath this is the best clothing system I've ever used. I've worn it while moving down to 10 degrees, and because it's windproof, you're super comfortable. It is also great when wet, drying fast and keeping you warm. This jacket saved me in the Presidential range recently, as we got caught in a rainstorm followed immediately by a snowstorm, and everything froze. It dried off very quickly, and as long as it was in direct contact with my skin, it was warm even while wet.The huge hood fits over any helmet, but it doesn't compress very well when you're not wearing one, which is frustrating. Other than the hood, the pockets, and the cuffs, this is a great jacket, and one that I'll use until it doesn't fit me anymore, because it's built to last.
Really. The only major complaint i have is that BC.com didn't screw up the order and send me two. I have used this jacket for the second half of the ski season and it has preformed exceptionally in a wide range of conditions. Some things to remember tho:
LAYERING! I'm really surprised how many people say they get cold in this jacket and then go one to say, all i had was a cotton t-shirt on under it. I haven't been cold once while wearing this, but i normally have 1-2 base layers on.
FIT: I got an XL. I'm 210 pounds and 6'1'' This was a perfect size for me. It doesn't feel like a tent but i still can get a Sherpa fleece on underneath it with a thinner base layer as well. I have even thrown it on over my regular hoody and it somehow fit quite comfortably. The only thing that took some getting used to was the cuffs. They are small, meaning they are just bigger that my wrists. This could be a make or break for some people. I like it. it isn't constricting, but it keeps heat in and snow out.
Ok thats a lot of crap. really if you need a softie, this is a great one. If its on sac you would be stupid not to get it.
Love this jacket.
Got this a couple weeks ago on S&C, been trying it out ever since. Gone on a couple hikes, but have been wearing it mostly around campus. It's kind of chilly in anything below 20F, but once you get moving, the temp doesn't really matter, and when you start to heat up, the pit zips come into play. It's impressively wind-resistant, and water-resistant to keep off the heavy spring rain last week. The jacket is super light weight, soft, and durable, and it fits great. I'm about 6'1" and 145lb, and the cut is pretty snug. I can fit maybe one or two thin-ish layers underneath. People have complained about the hood being large, but I have a freakishly long neck, so it's perfect for me, plus it makes me look like Altaïr from Assassin's Creed. The hood is also wide enough to almost completely shield my face from wind, which is a plus, and you can cinch the hood down when it's crappy out. The jacket comes down past my waist, which has been nice the few occasions that I've been able to ride a bike, and the sleeves almost come down to my knuckles, but I'm totally alright with that. The fuzzy inside is also crazy soft, which is great. But, this jacket is pricey. I would make sure you snag it on Steep and Cheap if it's up, it's a steal.
TL;DR: I love this jacket. All-purpose light jacket.
Why is the large metal color more expensive?...
Why is the large metal color more expensive? This would be in my cart if the size I needed wasn't $100 more.
Different costs for the more popular color/size combo. Sorry.
The black and green color combo is Great Looking! I get compliments on my jacket just walking around NYC. If you ask me, that's the color that should be $100 more.