66 North Iceland Stormur Jacket - Men's
The Stormur Jacket brings technical capability and low-key good looks together like only 66 North can. Its WindPro Highloft fabric is not only gust-resistant, but water-repellent as well, with a sturdy density that feels like no other fleece on the market. Meanwhile, subtle details like contrast zipper taping and snap cuffs add a sense of functional, confident style that seems\227like every 66 North garment\227somehow uniquely Icelandic.
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February 17, 2012
My impressions will mostly mirror the others but "wisdom accumulates," no?
Yes, the color is *really* red--as one reviewer says, it has orange mixed in and is so bright that you'd have to set yourself on fire to top it. Frankly, I might join him in sending it back for that reason. I wish I'd been around for the green or blue ones because this is one comfy coat.
It really is a coat, not the kind of fleece you'd wear around the house unless you live in the far north and don't heat your cabin.
And, yes, the fit is a little strange. I'd say it's a least a half-size small, probably for most people a whole size. It doesn't run quite as small as the Glymur, but when I (5-10, 140 or less, shortish arms) am happy with a Small, then the sizing is usually off, because most Smalls are too big for me. The sleeves on this are almost too short, which just doesn't happen with me. So, I'll forewarn you, too, on the size.
It's super-soft (inside and out) and comfy, moves really well with your body, and creates more than a little static if you have the right layer under it. The hood fits well with the jacket zipped all the way up. I like a back hood adjustment because I seem to have a low-volume head and many hoods fall down in my eyes, but this works pretty well as long as the jacket's zipped.
So, like most of the other reviewers I think it's a well-made, extremely comfortable coat that has some quirks that keep it from being a 5-star. And you have to be able to get the right size for yourself.
February 12, 2012
This fleece jacket is a slim athletic fit, and a bit different then most US fits/styles. Im 6 ft 165# usually get a M in brands such as TNF, Patagucci, OR, but based on other reviews I got a Large. I probably could have gone XL. I like the contoured fit of the large but not much room for more than a t-shirt or base layer. The pit areas ride a bit high and do not have extra fabric so at times the sleeves ride up a little when really reaching out. I use this as a around town and campus as a casual hoody. It does not block 100% wind but a light breeze will go unnoticed. The lowest temp I used this in was 20F and was still plenty warm. I got this on SAC and would not have payed full retail price. Oh, and yes european zippers, nice furry soft inside that gets a little static; still I kept the jacket.
Not your usual fleece
February 6, 2012
Just got my dark green Stormur in a size large, which I expected to be a little big on me at 5'9"/168 lbs. Isn't big at all, in fact it's almost too small - the sizing is certainly meant for skinny guys. The articulated sleeve length is perfect (I wear a 16.5/32 dress shirt), which is odd becuase large jackets are usually too long in the sleeve for me. The length is great, but the jacket could be bigger across the upper back - it's a big tight if I hold my arms out straight in front of me. The color is fantastic and the design is very trick (Euro reverse zipper), though I wouldn't take it on a hiking trip due to the suprising weight. It's definitely not a lightweight fleece, and is indeed a jacket. The Polartec WindPro Highloft fleece is a new one for me; it's a tight weave on the outside but like a shag carpet on the inside. Lots of static putting it on and taking it off, but a static spray may take care of that. Will probably keep it.
February 3, 2012
Will agree with mjw's overall assessment that it's quirky. I like the jacket, but first man the red is definitely more of a bright orange. Too bright for me. It's very warm, I like the hood (although can't see getting it over a ski helmet like the bottom reviewer says), and like the style for the most part. The placement of the visible seams is cool, but the higher pockets looks a little funny and isn't as functional.
I didn't have a problem with the material at the end of the sleeves, but can't see snapping the wrists tighter and luckily wouldn't need to.
I'm 5'10, 145, slender and the medium worked best. The small was more fitted, but maybe a tad too much for layering and the sleeves were way too short. I can see the medium working for people a bit bigger than me except then I would imagine the sleeves might be too short for them too. So definitely the fit is a little odd. If you look at some of their other jackets on their website, they often have photos of them being modeled where it seems like the fit is odd too (some look too short, some too boxy). So I don't know if it's just a style thing that I don't get or what.
But for me for this particular jacket the medium would definitely work, just can't do the color. If I got the green I would probably keep, but not the "red" (orange). And though warm certainly not worth full price.
Interesting but quirky
February 2, 2012
Picked up a red M and blue L from SAC. Deciding whether to keep. In the meantime, I've noticed a couple things worth sharing. The Red is more of an orange; I am reminded of that "safety" orange working-man color. Not a bad look, just not red per-se...Feels more like "boating orange" than "hunter orange" but those could well be one and the same.
Several things are rather kooky:
The snap sleeves are rather annoying. They cinch down ok although I have rather thin wrists so it might be annoying for some folks but the thing I dislike most about them is that the maker rather stupidly left the metal snap part on the inside so that it touches your exposed skin, creating two little ice cold metal bits to transmit the outside cold directly to the top of your wrist. Even just standing around in the kitchen trying it on this was noticeable and kind of distracting. You can fold the cuff up though so it's off your skin but I would have expected better for such a pricey jacket. A soft flexible elastic cuff would have been ideal.
Also they made a really strange choice of material for the last inch or so of the inside cuff and a 3 in square on either side of the zipper part of the collar around your mouth and throat. It's a crinkly, loud, coarse nylon that feels really cheap and is really out of step with the softness of the rest of the jacket and with the way almost every other brand makes sure this part of any new coat is some kind of microfleece. It's the same material that provides the stiffness to the hood brim if that helps. Again, annoying but not a deal breaker. If I keep it I might well cut or rip it out.
Finally, the zipper is on the LEFT side, which is the orientation commonly used on women's clothing. The only reason this bothers me is that I've been programmed by a lifetime of wearing men's jackets to try to pull the zipper tab free on the right side. This is a stupid and annoying problem.
The fit is pretty decent, a bit athletic and a little tight across the shoulders (could just be me: 5'9" 170, relatively fit but with some extra around the middle).
The fleece is quite heavy and warm. I haven't tested it in the wind but I suspect it would do well by itself, esp if you were on your way to somewhere warm and wanted to peel down to a shirt when you got there. Seems like it could be easy to overheat in this thing if you are moving around a lot but standing at a bus stop you should be toasty. Nicely placed and angled pockets. The hood is heavy duty lined with the same fleece as the jacket, the sort you wouldn't need a hat with most likely.
One last thing, that might be a defect with one of the jackets I got - the interior fleece on the red jacket is really rough, and nothing like that in the blue one. I'm in contact with SAC about this and will see if it's some issue with the reds or just this jacket. It's a serious difference though, enough to make me want to return the red. I'll post a follow-up when I figure it out.
Made in Latvia. No idea what year model. Felt like it was worth a C note not much more. Can't imagine feeling like full price would make sense here.
January 27, 2012
Just got this and I'm pretty happy. I'm 5' 10" and 188lbs w/41" chest and 35" waist. Got the Large and it is a perfect fit. Tried it over a heavy flannel shirt and also over my 2 normal ski layers (Icebreaker 200 weight long sleeve). It's a close fit which works well under my ski jacket and should be really warm and a plus is that the hood goes over my helmet (Smith Variant Brim/Small). Can't zip it clear up with the helmet on but goes fine to the bottom of my chin. And the zipper locks in place, doesn't go down when you pull apart the unzipped portion above the zip. The sleeves are fine unsnapped and would only need to be snapped when worn as your outer layer in very cold/windy weather. It does have dual hem adjusters but on me they're not really needed. Construction and finishing is good and my only negative comment is the color. It's not as Blue as the pictures, very muted.