Stoic Wraith Shell

Priced: $34.50 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 18 reviews.
Stoic Wraith Shell
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Color: Forest / Wasabi
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Stoic Wraith Shell -

The weather-shunning Stoic Wraith Jacket is so small, lightweight, and easy to smuggle, your trail-running partners will think you conjured it out of thin air. Weighing in at a mere 2.5-ounces and small enough to fit in a pocket, the Wraith Jacket puts an end to soggy days on the trail.

Fit:

  • 3-D Ergonomic fit moves with you, not against you
  • Small and light enough to fit in a pocket

Weather and Wind:

  • DWR finish repels light moisture
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Fit:athletic
Hood:yes, full-time
Material:nylon
Pockets:1 front zip
Recommended Use:trail running, hiking, going ultralight
Warranty:lifetime
Waterproof Rating:water-resistant
Weight:2.5 oz

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Stoic Wraith Shell Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

I just got this jacket. Its super light yes, but its also actually quite warm considering its paper thin nylon. Not that I'm about to go snowboarding in it, but damp hikes or fall runs this will be a great layering asset.
Sizing: I am almost 6' 3", and weight 205 lbs, athletic build. I ordered a Large since I like things a hair smaller/tighter fitting than most. It fits me just how I like everywhere except for the forearm near the elbow are tight when I bend my arm, and the torso could be an inch or so longer. I'm not sure if going to an XL will really remedy this problem enough to matter though, so I'm going to order an XL to see which fits better and I'll post here after with further review.
Bottom Line: For the $45 or so this jacket cost at the time of my purchase, its worth every penny. Quality construction & flawless function as a light rain/wind jacket.
Wish List: I wish it had draw strings & reflective tape along the front zipper like the women's version (called the Luminous), & it would be nice if it came in alt colors. Blue, yellow, red, white, & black would all look way better than the orange or green.

Matthew at Backcountry.com on 08/01/2012

Took a 4 mile walk on the edge of tropical storm Debby with the new Wraith. The XL fit my 6'6" 250 frame just right, love the full zip, the hood stayed on my head in the wind, need a baseball cap to keep the rain out of my face. Held off light drizzle for a while, but 2 miles in my sweat met the rain and became one, I didn't expect any different. Changed into a w/b for comparison, and much preferred the more breathable Wraith. Was able to get the drenched Wraith back on, which was not easy, kind of like plastic wrap it is so thin, but got it back on and really enjoyed the rest of the walk. Here in Florida this is all you need 10 months out of the year. I hung it up in my humid garage and it was fully dry in 2 hours. The little pocket held my iPhone and ID just fine. Green color is not as vivid as the website would lead you to believe which is a good thing. At the sale price this is a great buy and a 3 oz savings to my previous shell which I thought I would never switch.

coo5655282 at Backcountry.com on 06/24/2012

I wanted to find a rain jacket that was light enough to take off and carry during runs without being bogged down. It's that time of year here in Virginia where the mornings are cold and the weather a little dreary and temps are cooling off everyday - it'also the start of race season with several major races scheduled back to back through February. Ultimately the issue I had was getting to the race at 7AM in cold chilly conditions and not wanting to turn around and leave because I was freezing, but, I didn't want to have to carry anything bulky during my run. This jacket is perfect. I ran my last half marathon in it and it worked perfectly. Kept the wind off me and kept in my body heat in going to the race and waiting in the corral, but when the race started and I started to warm up I was able to shed it and put it in my pocket. It was awesome sauce.

Justin at Backcountry.com on 11/16/2012

This is just what I was looking for: warmth without bulk. When packed in its own pocket it is about the size of my fist. I bought it for backpacking, but it tends to go with me for for most of my outdoor activities when weather or altitude may make it useful. As other reviewers said, the arms and shoulders can be a little tight. I'm 6' with medium build and went with the XL. A little snug in the arms and shoulders, but next size up would probably be too large in the torso, so it works for me. Maybe could use a little better placed reflective lettering to be useful for biking, but that's a minor quibble. Thanks for a great product at a great price.

leu5681057 at Backcountry.com on 07/30/2012

This wind jacket will do exactly at intended. That is, blocking the wind. It will add a bit of warmth insulation, but don't depend on it to protect against a severe chill. This jacket along with a Cap 3 long sleeve shirt will protect me down to about 50 degrees.
For sizing, the major factor is the sleeves. They are cut very narrow. I'm 5'11", 190 lbs, and the XL is the perfect fit sleeve-wise, but just a bit large around the torso. However, when wearing my Montbell UL inner down jacket underneath, it's a perfect combination, and should protect me down to 30 degrees. And, the XL only weighs 2.5 ounces!! You can't beat that!

wwh100623018 at Backcountry.com on 06/28/2012

What the what- talk about a suuuper light weight jacket. Lightest jacket I've ever put on.
Used as a light trail running jacket- great if run is not too intense. Would be ideal if it breathed a bit better and had pit vents. But I knew this going in.
Still in the market for one... Houdini? Effusion? I am coming for you!
I've busted this out a few times on a drizzly hikes out in the PNW. Works great.
Impulse buy at it's finest when things go on sale.
Size wise, I opted for the large. I am 6 foot 1 and about 165ish. Medium could probably work, but my loooong arms needed the extra length of the large.

el scotto at Backcountry.com on 10/30/2012

This is a great more affordable alternative to the Patagonia Houdini shell! It stands up well to wind and light drizzle, not suitable as a rain shell. It packs into its own pocket which is great for storage, but the material is so paper thin you almost forget your wearing it! I'm 5'10" and the L fits a little tight in the forearms and chest. I use this shell when hiking and touring and its perfect for the skin or climb up and doesn't add bulk to your backpack as it packs so small!

Cedar Davidson at Backcountry.com on 12/21/2012

The wraith is a supremely light shell that sheds light rain and fits in just about any pocket when you don't need it.
Bought this the day before heading up to photograph the Hill Air Force Base air show for a weekend and it paid for itself in those two days alone. Stuffed in my camera bag, the shell took up hardly any space. Rain, wind, and hail assailed us that weekend and I was able to keep my core warm and dry though it all.
I may have to buy another one for my camera...

Ben Kuhns at Backcountry.com on 06/14/2012

6'3" 195lbs, typically wear large/talls... sometimes xl. buy this jacket bigger than you think. i am using the xl and it fits nicely, but is a hair tight throughout the arms and a bit baggy otherwise. it's not a bad fit, just a hair wonky. other than the fit, the jacket works well. i use it for running on rainy/windy days and as a just-in-case for day hikes. it breathes well, sheds light rain and weighs nigh upon nothing. good jacket if it fits you and great deal if caught on sale.

step217986 at Backcountry.com on 12/05/2012

I love the ultra-lightweight slick fabric that's the basis for this jacket. I can carry it anywhere---from business trips in my briefcase to hiking or boating, it's always there when needed and takes only a few seconds to get on and protected from light showers and wind. I'd prefer some more neutral colors (beige or tan) and hope you'll continue to offer this wonderful product this coming season.

est4690293 at Backcountry.com on 11/04/2012

Neutral Reviews:

Pros - super light weight. Easily jams into its own pocket and easily strapped to the back of my hydration vest. Works well in cool temps and windy conditions.
Cons - Doesn't work so well when the temps get much below 40 degrees. Sizing seems to run on the small side (5'10" 175 lbs). I have a medium and it binds in the shoulder when raising my arms.
Bottom line? I like it a lot for its light weight but I'm not sure I would buy another one.

Jim Skaggs at Backcountry.com on 06/13/2012