Get your sticks out because there are more jackets on the market then you can shake said stick at. Man there is a lot of jackets out there.
“How many jackets Adam?”
Well there are so many jackets, pants are starting to have affairs!
Ok lame joke is out of the way, let’s get into the Stoic Vaporshell Rain Shell.
Stoic Vaporshell Jacket
Plainly: It’s all the jacket you need for $130. The Stoic factory is made up of people who have been annoyed with inconsistent sizes. These guys know about lame bells and whistles. When you wear the Vaporshell you can tell quickly this jacket was built not only by smart designers but advocates for the outdoor warrior.
The design is in ready position. The arms are in a bear hug position and the abdomen area doesn’t puff out when sitting. Remember that tank top Helen Hunt wore in the movie Twister? This jacket basically fits the same, except less dirt and tornados. When I used this backpacking I didn’t feel like I was having to fight the pack and jacket. The slim athletic fit was easy to work with and highly waterproof.
What The Shell?
Ok so how does this shell differ from other shells? The price for the weight. You’re packing 14oz. for $130. The next step up is the Arcteryx SL models which are 11 oz. and $250. So how crazy do you want to get? You know me, weight doesn’t mean anything, to a point. I just don’t lose sleep over 5 oz. here or 3 oz. there. It’s all about the Benjamins in my opinion.
The material used also seems to have the Arcteryx Alpha LT feel to it. That rough and tough do-it-all don’t pass go make me a turkey sandwich take two call me in the morning material. Once again, without the $350 price tag and bulky fit, the Stoic Vaporshell is a strong contender in the saturated rain jacket carnival.
The Stoic Vaporshell packs well and has a great hood. I do which it had hand pockets. Once again, I’m not a weight junky and it’s nice to jam my hands in my rain jacket. Even if they didn’t put zippers in the pockets. Zippers are lame anyway, they cut up your hands and junk. Why don’t they do an embedded magnet hand pocket? When that idea makes a million bucks you know who posted it first on the interwebs – Mr. Adam Buchanan from Gear.com.
The models for Stoic gear on their website actually design the jackets. Betcha didn’t know that!