Stio Hardscrabble Jacket ReviewApril 26, 2013
- Good water-repellency
- Versatile styling
- Tough shell fabric can take a beating
- Low-bulk warmth
- Well designed pockets
- Snap cuffs can’t be locked down like Velcro
- Casual cut can be drafty around the waist
Warm, tough, and good-looking, the Stio Hardscrabble is the ultimate casual, cold weather jacket for mountain town multi-taskers.
This Primaloft-insulated softy was just as warm as we expected, but its solid rain-resistance was a surprise. While its casual collar and snap-closure cuffs could be a little drafty, overall performance in this category was very good.
Stio applies a little DWR coating to the lining of the Hardscrabble, presumably to keep snowball-fight shrapnel from soaking your jacket from the inside, and this reverse-water-resistance can reflect some humidity back toward the body.
Beats the pants off the mobility of canvas work jackets, but you’ll still show off your belt buckle (and then some) if you reach for the sky.
The Hardscrabble’s relaxed fit and silky Pertex lining effectively back up its comfortable attitude. I never found it un-comfortable, though I occasionally wished for more adjustability at the cuffs and hem.
Attention to Detail
Great pockets and tasteful finishing details gave this jacket a sense of refinement that made wearing it even more pleasurable.
A solid choice for users seeking modern performance in a more traditional package. Pay for the looks, stay for the warmth!