Great fabric, awesome features, but...
By Babak Sakaki January 7, 2012
I should start by saying that I absolutely love Stoic gear, and have had several of their products back to when they were the Backcountry.com brand.
The construction of this jacket is top notch, 3-layer Bomshell light hast a nice stretch to it. The internal chest pocket with headphone port is a welcomed addition over the prior generation Stoic shells.
It is pretty damn waterproof, and fairly breathable. Not eVent, DryQ or NeoShell breathable but more so than any 2.5 layer shells.
At 13 ozs, it packs into its own hood and is stows easily.
I have two major gripes:
1.) the cords on this jacket for the hem and hood and just atrocious. They are thin, feel cheap, and stretch too much causing a lot of excess cord. Although they have yet to come undone, they do a poor job of adjusting.
2) The hood. The hood, while adjustable, does not "move with your head" when looking around, obscuring your peripheral vision. Other jackets don't do this (MHW, Marmot, Patagonia), even for less $$. Please, fix the hood. Use a single-pull like Patagonia's or MHW.
Nailed It? 0 Yes
- [shell] Bombshell Lite (3-layer, mechanical stretch)
- Fabric Waterproof Rating:
- 20,000 mm
- Fabric Breathability Rating:
- 20,000 g/mē
- yes, full-time
- 3-D Ergonomic
- Center Back Length:
- 24.5 in
- underarm zips
- Powder Skirt:
- (exterior) 2 front hand, (interior) 1 chest stash
- Wrist Gaiters:
- 13 oz
- Recommended Use:
- ski touring, lightweight backpacking, climbing
- Manufacturer Warranty: