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Gear of the Week: Stoic Bombshell Jacket

Gear of the Week: Stoic Bombshell Jacket

[ Fri, 2010-10-01 18:22 ]
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Need a jacket that can do everything? This 3-layer storm shell can.

I’ve won my fair share of things on Twitter: concert tickets, jars of peanut butter, and most recently, a jacket. And not just any jacket, mind you—the stretchy, 3-layer storm shell by Stoic.

The Bombshell, as it’s appropriately called, can handle anything- and it has. I took it to Chile as my only jacket, so it had to keep me warm in town, yet cool on the hill. It endured rain in Santiago and snow on the Villarica volcano (and, I think it could have handled a volcanic eruption, too). It’s ultra-waterproof, breathable, and has pretty technical features like pit zips, thumb gaitors, and a powder skirt.

As for the fit, it’s cut just right. I got a size up from what I usually wear to make sure I could layer appropriately with a fleece or down layer. The sleeves are long, and for chicks, the waist nips in just a bit. The hood fits over my helmet and the jacket is slightly longer in the back.

The number-one most important element of a jacket for me, though, is the height of the collar it’s gotta be tall. I like it to cover a lot of my face so when it’s cold and windy out, I can skip the bulky neck gaitor. This one fit the bill, and has a fleecy lining, too. I prefer one jacket that can do it all, rather than a quiver of options.

This jacket is an easy go-to that I’ll wear when it’s powing in Utah, or sunny at Breckenridge. And although I won it for free, I would have bought it anyway. In men's too; $259; Backcountry.com.

Thanks to Stoic, Backcountry.com, and @verdePR for the hook-up!!

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