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Mountainous missions call for welded perfection.

Old Man Winter might know how to throw a stormy tantrum, but with highly-breathable Polartec Power Shield fabric and fully-welded seams, the Stoic Men's Welder Lo Softshell rolls with punches like a mountain-born prizefighter. The Welder's 3-D Ergonomic cut lets you easily layer over or under in preparation for the weather at hand. At just 22-ounces this trim, non-bulky jacket makes your old softshell look downright portly in comparison and worthy only of retirement to the garage. Pair this versatile jacket with an insulated Luft Down and round out your kit so you can hit the rock, trail, or skin-track well prepared for the cold.

  • Smooth Polartec Power Shield fabric insulates, has a highly-water-resistant, breathable construction, and rocks a smooth finish that's extra-durable
  • Fully welded seams add further weather protection, while eliminating the bulk and rub routine common in other stitched-seam softshells
  • Toss your tunes into the internal chest pocket—the sound portal establishes long-term peace between you and your headphone cords
  • Fully adjustable hood fits over helmets and beanies alike
  • Backcountry.com is the exclusive US distributor for Stoic products

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what is the best way to wash this coat?...

what is the best way to wash this coat? should i put it in the washer? is that ok?

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I wash mine in warm water with Nikwax tech wash, then treat it with the wash in Nikwax softshell proof. Has been going strong for 2+ years now like that without any unusual degradation.

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1 lb 8 oz. does that not equal 24 oz. not...

1 lb 8 oz. does that not equal 24 oz. not 22oz as the weight they say?? Just saying.

2 5

Disappointed

I bought this jacket as a back up softshell jacket for skiing, and when I tried it on, I regretted buying it. The sleeves are very thin (I'm 5'9 and 160lbs), its a struggle for me to have a fleece and a base layer underneath. You can also forget about using under-sleeve gloves, this jacket doesn't have cuff straps. I'm thinking about returning this before this next season starts. If you were looking for a jacket that you'd only want a baselayer on, then for the money this is a good buy! (I bought it for $80 on sale but if its not on sale I wouldn't waste your money)

3 5

Arms too tight for winter use

Just bought this jacket, and the arms are long enough, but too tight to wear more than a long sleeved shirt underneath, and I have an athletic build. Would be fine with just a t-shirt, assuming you have slender arms. I am 6'3" and 160lbs, ordered the XL size, and still the forearms are too tight for my regular fleece jacket underneath. This limits my ability to use the jacket in the winter, as by itself it is not very warm. Good overall shoulder mobility. Chest is slightly large for my frame, which was expected due to my slight build. Construction quality is good, as is the fabric. Biggest complaint is the poor design on the arms, and the overly skinny cuffs, even for someone with pencil wrists.

5 5

WOW!!!!!!!!!

This baby is on a virtual par with some of the famed Arc'teryx gear,of which I have many.Very soft exterior and interior.Sheds precip nicely.Has just the right length and is quite breathable.Warmer than my Gammas and Epsilons.Beautifully designed hood,fully adjustable.Vintage/Excalibur much nicer than Shale,as I ordered both.Price is absolutely ridic.Got mine last week even cheaper than now,which is criminally low.Really got put to test in NW Canada.Might even love it more than my adored Gamma MX.Buy one,or two,as I did.Never see this price again.

4 5

Fantastic & Versatile Spring Jacket

Very wet and chilly in Seattle well into June, needed a warm, rainproof hoodie. The puffy jacket gets wet and a rain jacket is not warm enough. I found this jacket and it looked to meet all those requirements. I initially ordered the Vintage\Excalibur and returned it for the Shale... was too "plum" colored for me.

The jacket is super lightweight, a fantastic color with great turquoise zips. Hood is huge and comfy, big side pockets and a high chin zip. Cool detail in the welded seams. As the other reviewer mentions, the internal material is cozy, but a little grabby on whatever layer you have on under. Perfect over a tshirt though.

Honestly, I probably wouldn't ski in this. For skiing, I far prefer a layer and shell where this is a single unit. But it would totally work, certainly technical enough.

Best of all though, this jacket is an excellent value. It's currently pretty late in the season, so I'm sure I got a late-season price... but even during the winter it was very reasonably priced.

5 5

One of my Favorite Jackets!

This is one of my favorite jackets because it is comfortable and looks good! I don't like how Stoic changed the front pocket to how it looks now, but the jacket itself is awesome! 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! :)

How water-resistant is this jacket? If I...

How water-resistant is this jacket? If I were caught in a rain shower will I wish I had worn something else?

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It will keep you dry if its spitting as there is some water resistance to it but in a downpour you will get wet.

Is this jacket just a shell or is it...

Is this jacket just a shell or is it insulated?

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It's thicker than, say, a gore-tex rain shell, but its still basically just a shell. Over a t-shirt, mine is good until 40 degrees. The welder hi version has furry insulation and is probably around 10-15 degrees warmer

4 5

Sweet do-it-all jacket

Nice all-around jacket, I've used it skiing, hiking, climbing, cycling, out to the bar, you name it. It's kept me dry in quick showers, but I haven't really put the waterproofing through hard core testing. Nice big zippered pockets, and as a bonus for layering the Stoic Down Anorak just barely squeezes down small enough to to shove into the pocket-- I've taken advantage of this at ski resorts where I throw on the puffy to ride up the lift, then stick it in the pocket on the way down.

At 5'10 and 150 lbs the medium is a nice athletic fit with room for a layer underneath, but no excess material. At first I thought the sleeves were a little long, but have gotten used to it and appreciated the fact that they won't ride up and expose your wrists to the elements when wearing ski gloves.

If I could change one thing it would be to add some pit zips for better breathability when hiking.

5 5

Great for Cold weather climbing!

Picked up this jacket last month, and finally got a chance to test it this past weekend.
I'm impressed!

First off, I'm a big fan of the Rime Pullover by Backcountry.
I have 2 of them, and was looking to purchase another.
I like the stretchy Polartec Power Shield fabric for my main layer in the both the Spring & Fall.
I primarily use them for rock climbing, where it is warm and INDESTRUCTIBLE!
Unfortunately, the Rime pullover is no longer available.

So, I was looking for a beefier replacement to serve as main layer for ice climbing in the winter.
I wanted the same stretchy and indestructible, Polartec Power Shield fabric,
and this Welder Lo softshell by Stoic fit the requirements.

I'm 5'-11", 180lbs and the Large fits perfectly.
It has an athletic cut and around the torso, but is wonderfully long in the arms and torso length.
I was able to place two thin layers underneath it (a poly base & R2 insulation layer), and still have plenty of room.
The extra length in the torso allows me to tuck well under the waist belt of my climbing harness, where it stayed there all day.

I just came back from 3 days of Northeast ice climbing in the 0-10 degree range, and I was plenty warm enough while moving.
The pockets, zipper pulls, and hood were all easy to use while gloved.
Highly recommended

3 5

Not as Breathable as advertised

This jacket is well constructed of quality material. I was somewhat disturbed to put the jacket on for the first time. It fit very snug. I'm 6' tall 190 pounds the large is tight across the shoulders and chest. The sleeve openings are also tight and nonadjustable. The torso length seems fine. I've worn the piece in temperature from 50-20 degrees F. It is not good at the colder end of that spectrum unless you are active then it is decent. The only draw back is it doesn't breath well enough if too active, The jacket does have good wind resistance and decent water resistance. I have yet to wear it as an insulating layer.This may be the best use for it.

4 5

Great looking jacket with minor flaws

The jacket looks great. I had a guy running up to me just to ask where I got the jacket from. I am 5'7", 140lbs, and the medium fit me well if I wear only a base layer underneath it. The armpit is a little tight, so if you are a bodybuilder type, it's not going to fit. The sleeve's wrist opening is tight, not adjustable. I definitely prefer Velcro adjustment. The jacket is constructed solely with Polartec Powershield, which is abrasion resistant, and blocks the wind well, but doesn't insulate due to the thinness of the material. I can feel the cold seeping in. None the less, I work up a sweat in 45F temperature just by walking fast, and the fabric around my neck is a little damp, which is why I had to return the jacket. It just doesn't breath well enough for me. I would love to buy a jacket made entirely with Powershield O2, which breath well enough for me. I tried the O2 in Marmot Pro Tour jacket,loved it, but the Pro Tour's back and side are made of their M2 softshell, which pilled during the short time I used it.

Would you need a layer on top of this...

Would you need a layer on top of this jacket skiing? I live in PA so it doesn't get too cold just teens or twenties so could I just wear the soft shell and be okay or should I pick up a hard shell too?

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For casual use you should be fine without a hard shell. Keep in mind that although this jacket is weather resistant, it is neither wind nor water proof. For this reason in heavy winds a hard shell will be necessary to cut out windchill, and during extended rains a hard shell will be necessary to stay dry. However Polartec, and Stoic, make excellent weather resistant textiles / apparel. For this reason when using it in more casual activities you should be fine.

Responded on

the welder lo softshell has a fleece lining so it is warm, but the powershield material does allow air to permeate (93% windproof). if you are skiing inbounds, then you generate less heat than hiking or touring, and may need a layer under, or a layer over.

5 5

Versatility to the Extreme

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

First lets start with the fact that this jacket is awesome. technically I have last years version, but they are pretty similar as far as I can tell, so here goes it. This jacket fits like a dream (I'm 6'1" and about 170, got a medium) so a thin athletic cut is exactly what I wanted. The jacket feels like it's tailored.
It's super simple, but in a good way. Every feature that i want is right there, but there are no frills where they aren't needed. Perfect. I've read in the past that some people had issue with the cuffs (they're not adjustable) but I love them. Velcro cuffs always bug me... I never seem to be able to get them to a tightness that feels right and they always seem to be snagging on things, but with this jacket the cuffs just 'fit' and I don't have to worry about them. The material is super soft, both inside and out, and I wear this to class on many days with just a t-shirt on underneath (note, if you only have a short sleeve on under this you might feel the welded seams against your skin as somewhat "sharp" edges", I was a little surprised by this the first time, but it doesn't bother me now and it's only occasional, usually when putting the jacket on). I stay comfortable down to around 6 or 7ºC with just the tshirt and this. There is also enough room underneath for layering my MH monkeyman, this combination seems like perfect winter setup, and I expect that it's all I'll need this season. Also did I mention that this things breaths like a champ? Well it does, never had any issues with condensation while wearing this, even when standing around inside...sometimes I don't even take it off when I'm in class.
I got mine on sac for an insanely good deal, so full price for the jacket might be a little much (then again I'm a poor college student)... but if I lost this one tomorrow I think I'd throw down the cash for a new one.

Versatility to the Extreme
5 5

If I had to have one jacket...

This would be it. I absolutely love this jacket. The fit is great, the hood is great, tons of pockets, really nice fabric, and really durable. I could gush for awhile, but I'll spare you. I reviewed it in depth on my own website, here's the link:

http://blessedoutdoors.blogspot.com/2011/11/stoic-welder-lo-review.html

Seriously, I can't reccomend this jacket enough. It's worth every penny of it's $270 price tag, and there are few pieces you can say that about.

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Is the lack of pit vents a concern? I dig this jacket but the lack of venting makes me a little wary.

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Although I loved this jacket as well this was the one reason I decided I needed a new shell. It breathes really well, but I found if it was snowing and in the upper 20's to low 30's I would overheat while touring. I burn really hot though, so others might not have this issue.

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Dan, I didn't think the lack of pitzips was a concern at all. It breathes really well. That said, I don't wear it with much underneath. Isaac, I tend to just open up my front zipper a little.

Could anyone elaborate on the sizing/cut...

Could anyone elaborate on the sizing/cut changes compared to the same jacket of 2 years ago? I have the M from back then and it's pretty damn tight and hard to fit anything warm underneath (thick fleece, Stoic luft synthetic jacket), whereas M from most other brands fits me just fine (180cm, a little under 80 kg, 40" chest).

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Sizing is the same. It's not designed to have stuff layered underneath it. Nothing but a baselayer anyway. Wear the synthetic jacket over top of it, which is how the system is supposed to work, and you'll be much more comfortable anyway.