I've been doing a lot of packable down jacket testing lately looking for the best one under $200 (retail or sale price). This is in the top 2.
This is a very, very good jacket. It's not quite perfect, but it has a lot going for it. It's warm, comfy, immune to light rain and snow, and weighs next to nothing. If you are a stickler for weight, I think this is the absolute best jacket for you. (If you're curious, it blows Patagonia's Ultralight Hoody out of the water for warmth.) However, if you're looking for the best warmth and performance in under 16oz, this is *almost* the best.
The fabric is slightly noisy (but not too annoying). I think it's a fair trade off considering how little the fabric weighs (30g/m^2 according to the tag - wow!).
I was worried about wind getting in between the top buttons, but somehow Stoic has designed the jacket so that's not a problem at all! I'm very impressed!
Stoic was also smart when they included a small amount of down between the pocket and the body of the jacket. It keeps the pocket from letting a lot of heat out of the openings even when it's windy out(which was a big problem in some other jackets I've tested).
I do wish there was a drawstring or an extra button in the hood so you can close out the wind. If there is no wind, the hood is very comfy as is. If there is wind, you'll unfortunately have to hold the hood closed by hand.
Please come out with different colors! The chartreuse and grey are so limited and don't look great on everyone.
If the jacket were updated with new colors and an extra button for the hood, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. I think it would then even beat the performance of Patagonia's Down Sweaters...which is saying a lot since that's the favorite packable down for so many people.