Gear Review: Backcountry.com Stoic Jacket

This "magic coat" is great for changing conditions.

Verdict

This streamlined waterproof/breathable jacket performs like a magic coat against changing conditions: rain, sleet, snow, wind, with periods of sun for good measure. There are no pit zips–the eVent membrane breathes so well I could even wear the Stoic on humid spring climbs in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The helmet-compatible hood cinches down without bunching, so rainfall has a clean drip line. A patch of neoprene at the cuff ensures a gasket-tight fit over gloves or bare wrists. And it packs down to softball size.

Pros Low weight with chameleonlike weather protection.

Con Price. backcountry.com



Best For


Mountain hikes with fast-changing weather

Tester Data

Shannon Davis

Duration Nov. to May

Locales/conditions CO, NC; steep trails, cross-country bushwhacking, daylong drizzle, whipping winds and snow

"The Stoic achieves a rare double: light enough for summer, but with the protection for winter."