Warm, tough, and good-looking, the Stio Hardscrabble is the ultimate casual, cold weather jacket for mountain town multi-taskers.
Weather Protection 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.
Breathability 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.
Mobility 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.
Comfort 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.
Value A solid choice for users seeking modern performance in a more traditional package. Pay for the looks, stay for the warmth!