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ExOfficio - Storm Logic Jacket

Test Series by Bob Sanders

Initial Report: October 2, 2011
Field Report: December 14, 2011
Long Tern Report: February 7, 2012


PERSONAL INFORMATION
Name: Bob Sanders BobBackpacking Background: I went on my first backpacking trip as a Boy Scout at the age of 16. Over the years I have hiked the Wonderland Trail in Washington and section hiked parts of the Florida Trail, Appalachian Trail, Colorado Trail and 740 mi (1191 km) of the Pacific Crest Trail. I continue to backpack and hike year round in the Colorado mountains. I have evolved from a heavyweight backpacker to a lightweight backpacker and sometimes reach ultralight weights. My three day fall/winter solo adventures (using a tent) have me hovering around a 17 lb (7.7 kg) base weight.
Age: 54
Gender: Male
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Email: sherpabob(at)mac(dot)com
Location: Longmont, Colorado USA


INITIAL REPORT

October 2, 2011


PRODUCT INFORMATION (Description & Photo From Website)
Manufacturer: ExOfficioStorm Logic Jacket
Manufactured: 2011
Website: www.exofficio.com

Description:
The shape shifting Storm Logic Jacket is made with a ripstop polyester that’s treated with DWR (Durable Water Repellent). The lining is made with Primaloft One, which is 14% warmer when dry and 24% warmer when wet than competing insulation. Wear this slightly puffy jacket to stay warm or to hold your head while you get some zzzz’s.

Specs:
  • 100g (3.5 oz) of Primaloft in the chest and 60g (2.1 oz) in the arms
  • Shell constructed in a mini ripstop fabric: featherweight, polyester microfiber
  • Sizes Available: M-XXL
  • Size Tested: XXL
  • Colors available: Black, Deep Lapis, Dk Ivy, Lt Jade, Rust
  • Listed weight: NA
  • Actual weight (XXL): 20.3 oz (576 g)
  • Listed Sizing for XXL:
    Chest 49-51 in (124-129 cm)
    Neck 18-18.5 in (45-47 cm)
    Sleeve Length 35-36 in (89-91 cm)
  • MSRP: $150 US


INITIAL IMPRESSIONS

This jacket is soft and luxurious. It is almost like wearing a sleeping bag. It drapes really well and it feels lightweight but at 20.3 oz (576 g), not so much.

I chose the XXL size because I have a big chest, long torso and long arms. Often I will choose a tall version because it will fit my torso and arms better. If no tall version is available I typically choose the next larger size. After I first tried it on my decision to get the XXL was a good one. The overall fit is good for me. Not too bulky, so I can wear additional layers underneath and the arm length is just about perfect.



Front of jacket 


The length of the jacket covers my entire posterior and angles up to the front. I like the extra coverage and with the elastic drawcords at the waist I will be able to seal out any drafts. There is a reflective logo on the lower hem on the front and one on the back of the collar. Another good feature so you can be seen at night if you are traveling.

The jacket is insulated with Primaloft One synthetic insulation. More insulation is in the body area where it is needed and less in the arms. The insulation is not overly thick and I estimate it to be 3/8 in (.95 cm) thick. Just feeling with my fingers I cannot tell the difference between the thickness of the insulation in the arms and chest. They seem the same to me.

The fabric is a polyester mini ripstop and is advertised to be wind and water resistant.

Side of Jacket   Back of Jacket


The jacket has simple elastic cuffs that fit well and are not binding. It also has a multitude of pockets. Two zippered hand warmer pockets and a convenient zippered chest pocket. Inside the hand warmer pockets, in the bottom corner, you can pull on and stow the extra elastic drawcord from the waist band drawcords. This keeps the extra drawcord from simply dangling from the front of the jacket.

Jacket Cuffs   Front Pocket

The jacket is primarily marketed as a travel jacket. It has 4 interior pockets that are designed to accommodate tickets, passport, glasses and cell phone. Each specific pocket is labeled with an embroidered icon of those items. There is even a handy key lanyard with a hook on the end to attach your keys. Your keys then go inside the zippered passport pocket for safe keeping. The pockets are well thought out but the embroidered icons a bit overkill in my opinion.

Pockets   Key Pocket


The other travel oriented feature of the jacket is the integrated pillow. Across the lower back on the inside is a long horizontal pocket that closes with hook and loop patches. These patches are less grippy than standard hook and loop. I simply took the jacket off, inverted the pocket and stuffed the jacket into a long tube. On each end of the stuffed tube are 2 short tabs, also with hook and loop. Attaching the tabs makes a semi-circle pillow. The first time I attempted this it took a lot longer than I thought it would. It is a bit of a challenge to get the hook and loop tabs lined up. A zipper would have been a simpler option.


Pillow

Presto, Chango - Travel Pillow

Likes:
  • The fabric is soft and luxurious
  • Lots of pockets
  • Fits me really well without being bulky
Dislikes:
  • A bit heavy for backpacking, though it is really made for travel
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FIELD REPORT

December 14, 2011

Since receiving this jacket I have worn it pretty much everyday. I have worn it to work, walking the dog in the early morning, 3 day hikes and one quick overnighter. Even though it is not officially winter we have gotten our share of cold winter weather. The temperatures have averaged  40 to 20 F (4 to -7 C) during the day and 20 to -6 F (-7 to -21 C) at night.

All of the day hikes and the overnight backpack trip took place in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area of central Colorado. There was 12 in (30 cm) of compacted snow on the ground with occasional snow flurries.

The majority of the time the weather started out in the morning cloudy but usually changed to bright sunshine during the rest of the day.

FIELD REPORT:

All of my day hikes and the overnight backpack started in the morning when temperatures were cooler. I basically wore a lightweight wool base layer followed by a lightweight micro fleece 3/4 zip top and then the Storm Logic jacket as my top layer. I always bring along a fleece hat and gloves. The mornings started in the 20 F (-7 C) range and stepping out of the car I was chilled but as I hiked I quickly warmed up and would typically remove my hat first, then my gloves and finally unzip the jacket to keep from becoming overheated. As the day wore on and the temperatures continued to rise to 40 F (4 C) I would need to remove the jacket completely to reduce sweat. The only place I noticed any wet area on the jacket was on my back where the pack was. On the day hikes I was usually back to the car before the sun had set but the temperatures had dropped and I would put the jacket back on for the ride home.


For the overnight backpack pack I hiked in about 6 mi (9.6 km) and set up camp before the sun set. By the time all my chores were done and dinner was started it was in the freezing range and I was beginning to feel chilled. Especially when my activity dropped and I was just sitting there tending dinner. I brought along a down jacket just in case and I'm glad I did. I needed to switch to the down jacket about an hour after sunset. For sleeping I brought along my 20 F (-7 C) down quilt and a tent. I had both the Storm Logic and the down jacket in case I needed extra warmth. I initially went to bed with just my base layers and my micro fleece on. Around midnight I woke up shivering, drank some water and put on the Storm Logic. It was just what I needed to shake off the chill. The temperature read 14 F (-10 C) I woke up the next morning reasonably warm. I did put on the down jacket for morning chores and breakfast but switched to the Storm Logic for the hike back to the car.


The only opportunity I have had to test the comfort and usability of the travel pillow was during Thanksgiving. My son and I took a little road trip to see relatives and while he was driving I took a little snooze and used the jacket in the travel pillow configuration. It was quite comfortable and I really like the fact that it is big enough to wrap around my neck so no matter which way I leaned I was comfortable.

Cleaning & Care:
After wearing the jacket nearly every day for two months I decided this weekend to give it the sniff test and determine if it was ready for a thorough cleaning. To my surprise it smelled OK. So I will wait until the final stage of this test, wash it per the instructions and report back on that experience.

SUMMARY:
So far I like this jacket. Warmth wise I would consider it a midweight jacket. For me it has a comfort range of about 50 to 20 F (10 to -7 C) depending on my activity level and what I am wearing underneath. Above 50 (10 C) while moving around I was too warm. Below 20 F (-7 C) with no activity I feel chilled.

Style wise it is a beautiful jacket and I felt comfortable wearing it to a casual Thanksgiving dinner. Although I have not traveled on an airplane with it I would bring it with me on such a trip. It is lightweight and compressible enough to be an excellent travel jacket.

PROS:
  • Soft, luxurious fabric
  • Comfortable over a reasonable temperature range
  • Tightly woven fabric cuts the wind real well

CONS:
  • A bit heavy for a backpacking jacket

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LONG TERM REPORT

February 7, 2012

I have continued to wear the jacket on almost a daily basis. It really depends on the weather. If it is above 20 F (-7 C) and I leave the house I have it on. I have worn it to work, to walk the dog and I have brought it with me on every day hike and overnight backpack I have taken during this test period.

I have taken 3 additional day hikes and the temperatures have ranged between 60 and 20 F (16 and -7 C). I tend to hike my usual trails as they are close by and I am familiar with them. The Indian Peaks Wilderness Area and Lefthand Reservoir are my favorites. Hikes are usually 3 to 5 miles (5 to 8 km) round trip and I almost always wear my standard winter layering setup consisting of hat, gloves, wool base layer, microfleece pullover followed by the Logic Jacket. Temperature adjustments are made by removing hat, then gloves, then unzipping the jacket and finally removing jacket. On the one day hike where the temperatures were near 60 F (16 C) I never even put the jacket on.

I also managed to get one more overnighter to Lefthand Reservoir. I forgot just how cold it can get up there. The altitude is near 10,000 ft (3048 m). Temperatures were around 20 F (-7 C) for the hike in and quickly dropped to around 0 F (-18 C) that night. I did bring a 0 F (-18 C) down bag but I was cold and slept in the down jacket I also brought. I did use the Logic as a pillow and I really love the way it wraps around your neck. Not only was it very comfortable but it also kept my neck warm. I wore the jacket on both the hike in and hike out. The only place I got sweaty was on my back where the backpack pressed against me. When I got to the car and took my pack off I was immediately chilled. In the time it took me to stow my gear, talk to a couple at the trail head and basically enjoy the scenery (maybe 20 minutes) the jacket felt partially dry and I was no longer chilled. The sun was shining bright and the jacket is black, so the combination helped speed the drying. By the time I got home the jacket felt completely dry.

Cleaning & Care:
After wearing the jacket nearly every day for four months it was time to give it a wash. I followed the directions on the hang tag. Cold water wash with mild soap and tumble dry on low. It came out fresh as a daisy and still looking brand new. I even ran the sleeve under a water faucet and the water beaded up pretty well.

SUMMARY:
For me the comfort range still seems to be between 50 and 20 F (10 and -7 C) depending on my activity level and what I am wearing underneath.

The jacket is really designed as a travel jacket and when used for that purpose I think it excels. The integrated pillow is a great feature for airplane travel and all the pockets can hold all the items a traveler would need. It is warmer and more comfortable than a fleece jacket and is very wind resistant. It also packs smaller than a fleece jacket.

As a backpacking jacket I feel like all the extra features are nice but just add unneeded weight. For me I have other jackets that I will take backpacking. I will continue to use the jacket on a daily basis and definitely as a cool weather travel jacket.

PROS:
  • Soft, luxurious fabric
  • Comfortable over a reasonable temperature range
  • Tightly woven fabric cuts the wind real well
  • Lots of pockets for stowing small pieces of gear

CONS:
  • A bit heavy for a backpacking jacket

I would like to thank BackpackGearTest.org and ExOfficio for the opportunity to test this Jacket.


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