cph in COwrote a review of Stoic Luft Hoody Synthetic Insulated Sweater - Men's on February 16, 2012
This jacket was almost what I was looking for. That is to say a good, synthetic-fill, belay jacket. My only issue was with the sleeves, which were ridiculously thin. I realize it's billed as a sweater, but it's also a hoody, and the hood is obviously helmet compatible.
I really wanted to like this jacket, but those sleeves. I'd love to say the reason for it is because my forearms are so buff (yeah, right.) Or perhaps that I was unfairly trying to make it a belay jacket that I could have thrown over my another jacket, perhaps even two (soft shell + hard shell.) But even as a layering piece, I couldn't even wear anything under it other than a base layer. It was too snug over just my Gamma AR alone.
What hurts the most is that I think the problem could easily be solved by adding a bit of stretch knit in the sleeves, (Mont Bell does this on a lot of their jackets.) I don't want to discourage anyone from purchasing this jacket, nor take anything aware from the other reviews. I just wanted to make note of this and make a hopefully suggest to the folks at Backcountry.com, which is great company as many know.