EXOFFICO WOMEN'S STORM LOGIC VEST
BY KATHLEEN WATERS
May 23, 2015
kathy at backpackgeartest dot com
Canon City, Colorado, USA
5' 4" (1.60 m)
125 lb (56.70 kg)
Living in Colorado and being self-employed, I have ample opportunities to backpack. There are over 700,000 acres/280,000 hectares of public land bordering my 71-acre/29-hectare "backyard" in addition to all the other gorgeous locations which abound in Colorado.
Over the past 15 years, my husband John and I have also had the good fortune to hike/snowshoe glaciers, rain forests, mountains and deserts in exotic locations, including New Zealand, Iceland, Costa Rica, Slovenia and Death Valley.
My hiking style is comfortable, aiming for lightweight. I use a tent (rainfly if needed). Current pack averages 25 lb (11 kg) excluding food and water.
|Manufacturer: ExOfficio, Inc.|
Year of Manufacture: 2014
Manufacturer's Website: http://www.exofficio.com
MSRP: US $130.00
Listed Weight: 12.5 oz (354 g)
Measured Weight: 11 oz (312 g) Women's Medium
Sizes Available: XS - XL (extra small through extra large)
Size Reviewed: Antique (deep plum)
Colors Available: Black, Cigar & Antique
Color Reviewed: Antique
* Materials: 100% polyester shell, 60g Primaloft® synthetic insulation
* Outer Shell treated with Durable Water Repellant (DWR)
* Interior 5 Pocket Travel System w/Two security zip hand pockets and one interior pocket to create a travel pillow
* Care Instructions: Machine wash cold, gentle cycle, non-detergent soap, rinse thoroughly, no bleach or fabric softeners, tumble dry low, iron low setting, don't dry clean
* Made in Malaysia
**** My Storm Logic vest was provided by ExOfficio to Tubbs Snowshoes for the Tubbs Ambassador program of which I am a participant. The Tubbs Snowshoes logo and brand name are embroidered on the right back shoulder of the vest. Other than that, there is nothing to distinguish my particular vest from any other ExOfficio Storm Logic Vest.
|Storm Logic Vest covers me Coming.|
FIELD USE AND PERFORMANCE
|And Going!||Over the winter months, I continued to backpack/hike and snowshoe as much as possible. I spent most of my time in the south central region of Colorado that I call home. Mostly, I hiked in the mountains of Fremont County, including the Wet, Fremont and Cooper Mountain ranges. This area's terrain runs the gamut of evergreen forests, to grassy plains to high desert rock and dirt/mud (as the moisture or lack thereof dictates).|
I also spent some time snowshoeing in the Wasatch Mountains in Utah and a wonderful week in the snow in Twin Lakes, Colorado, snowshoeing in and around the Colorado Trail. These two areas are environmentally similar to my usual haunts but had way, way more snow.
It's been a strange year for weather, so early on, winter was mild but snowy; then it became very bitter cold and snowy, to mild temperatures, to downright warm. All this in the time span of November 2014 to May 2015. As I write this, it's late May 2015 and it's been raining almost every day for the past two weeks and I'm back to wearing long-sleeved base layers along with wind and rain jackets! Wacky Weather!
Over these 5 months, I estimate I've covered 25 miles (40 km) backpacking/hiking/snowshoeing and walking.
I really like this vest! Let me explain...
The Storm Logic is a close fitting but not tight 100% polyester vest that is treated with DWR that is windproof. The size chart on the ExOfficio website is spot-on and the Medium fits me just as it should.
This makes the vest a very versatile article of clothing which I wore at least several times a week whether casually or while playing outdoors throughout the winter (and now into spring) months.
The Storm Logic was worn both as a mid-layer under both hard and soft shell jackets and very often, in milder weather or when backpacking and snowshoeing hard, I wore it solo over just a wool or synthetic base layer. Depending on the temperature, the base layer was either a mid-weight or heavy-weight long-sleeve top The fact that the Storm Logic is treated with a DRW is great for stain resistance for a klutz like me but sort of useless in inclement weather since it's a vest.
I like pockets! And the fact that the Storm Logic has FIVE interior pockets and all are labeled as to suggested use warms the heart of a compulsive neat-freak like me! The designated pockets are: keys, connect, glasses, getaway and snooze. Each pocket has a sewn-flat fabric label with the appropriate icon and written descriptive "word" (i.e. "protect" and a pair of glasses) on it and is secured with a zipper or in the case of the "glasses" a hook and loop tab closure. In addition, in the "keys" pocket, there is a fabric loop with a clip for added security. The "connect" pocket is clear for readability of a cell phone or mp3 player. Alas, my Samsung Galaxy 5 will not fit in this pocket.
The outer pockets are very roomy and nicely lined with a soft flannel-like fabric. They are easily large enough for my cellphone, small digital camera (Canon PowerShot A520), gloves when not needed, lip balm and even an energy bar!
Like a lot of outerwear, the Storm Logic can be squished into a pouch for use as a pillow or just for storage purposes. The Storm Logic however does it differently. First, I don't have to work myself up into a sweat trying to get all that fabric into a small zipper opening and into what always seems to be a too small cavity! The Storm Logic stuffs into the interior "snooze" pocket to form a very unique pillow shape! It has a super soft lining to snuggle up into and end tabs with hook and look fasteners to secure the pillow in place around my neck. I LOVE this for use in my sleeping bag - no more rooting around in the middle of the night for the "pillow" that has worked its way down to my feet! And it works great on red-eye plane trips, except when a seatmate has to ask where I got it from! Unlike many of my winter wear garments, the Storm Logic will not be stored away for the summer just for the snooze pillow feature alone!
|Snooze Pillow Ready to Go!|
The quality of the Storm Logic is readily noticed and appreciated. I encounter lots of clothes-destroying, snagging pine trees, juniper trees, cactus plants and rough boulders. Despite numerous contacts with said obstacles, I have yet (knocking on wood) snagged the fabric, pulled out stitches or - quelle horreurs - torn the vest. They have continued to be easy to operate - have not caught on the linings - and even with all but my bulkiest gloves on, I can maneuver the front zipper closed which I can't say for most of my other vests, shells and jackets. With other outerwear, half the time, I'll be yelling for my husband to please "zip me"!
1.) Love the fit, especially the adjustable hem drawcord.
2.) The soft stand-up collar lining feels really comfortable against my neck and chin.
3.) Functional interior pocket system is very helpful for the senile - I mean forgetful!
4.) The unique pillow pocket works so much nicer than some of my other vests and jackets' pillow system.
5.) Provides core warmth as a mid-layer without extra bulk in my sleeves.
1.) My cell phone (Samsung Galaxy 5) will not fit in the "Connect" pocket.
I'm a big vest fan as I tend to get sweaty when participating in outdoor pursuits such as backpacking, hiking and snowshoeing. As a mid-layer, vests give me great versatile, keeping me warm at my core when it's really cold and allowing me to cool off by wearing it solo as my body temperature ramps up.
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Wearing a vest means my arms are free to move more vigorously and without undue restraint from jacket sleeves or when worn as a mid-layer, without additional bulk in my sleeves.
So, since I love vests, I have, let's say, "a few". Therefore, I have a pretty good idea of which ones I prefer and the ExOfficio Storm Logic Vest is definitely one of those. I love how it functions and I love how it fits and looks. Many of my vests are not "town-worthy" but the Storm Logic is one that is. It performs well in the field but doesn't look like it should stay in the field!
And with the added bonus of the neat "snooze" pocket design, the Storm Logic will continue to be a part of my summer gear kit where it will be useful on windy mountain summits and then at the end of a wonderful hike, in my sleeping bag at night! Neat!
Kathleen (Kathy) Waters
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