Comparing the Stoic microlith with the Patagonia adze and guide softshell

I've been looking for a no hood softshell that I can use under a hooded softshell for insulation/versatility. My plan has been to be able to bring two lightweight jackets when I ski out west and then layer - softshell for warm sunny days, hard shell alone for warm wet days, and both together for cold days.

The stoic microlith seemed to be the right fit between weight and features - and at only $70 on sale the price was right.

From a weight / warmth standpoint the stoic sits between the adze (very light almost wind breaker) and the guide jacket (dense softshell over mid weight fleece liner). The fit of the stoic lines up perfectly with the standard Patagonia medium I'm used to. At 5'10" 155 pounds I seem to be the classic medium. The stoic is trim but can still easily fit a fleece under it.

Comparing it to the Gucci the stoic seams are welded instead of stitched and this contributes to the very nice feel of the jacket. The stoic fit perfectly under my hard shell and felt warm down to about 20F.

The only negative? Stoic colors a bit funky - the purple lining takes some getting used to.

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