El_Viajerowrote a review of Stoic Monolith Softshell Jacket - Men's on December 1, 2010
The jacket is great, although I am admittedly a Stoic devotee and own the Stoic Hi Welder softshell and Event Stash shell and others. No pit zips, it's definitely more of a general purpose shell without all of the geeked out technical specs and appearances of Stoic's other lines, which is what I was looking for. That is, something that I can wear to the office and still manage the wind and snow of a SLC winter day, if necessary.
The best thing about Stoic's other lines, for mem, is the fit. It's definitely more athletic. I'm 6'4" and 195 lb, give or take, with orangutan like arms (36"-37" sleeve). Finding jackets with long enough sleeves without so much extra fabric in the chest and waist area to smuggle a keg is often a challenge. Apparently, the US is a land of tall, fat people. Anyway, the other Stoic products with the described 3-D Ergonomic fit have the sleeve length and a tighter fit through the chest - perfect! Hence, the fact that I own the above mentioned products, along with the Luft Sweater.
Unfortunately, Stoic isn't kidding that this is the Standard fit. I bought it after checking with the bc.com help desk and was assured that it would fit the same as the other Stoic lines. Not so. This is a for real, 46-49 inch chest. Tons of extra fabric through the chest and waist - nearly two inches as measured, to be exact, over the same XL size products with the described 3-D Ergonomic fit. As a result, I will reluctantly returning this and ask that Stoic make the Monolith with its 3-D Ergonomic cut.