Nov 17, 2012

Stoic Wraith Shell - Wind and Light Rain Shirt

 9-7-13 Update:  Backcountry no longer sells their Stoic brand.  This product is discontinued.  I think I would replace it with a Montbell Tachyon.

11-17-12 Update: After several trips with my Wraith windshirt, I love it.  I bring it as my rain jacket when the forcast doesn't call for much rain.  Others have said it will keep you dry for an hour in rain.  I believe it.  I bring an umbrella that would help out in a driving rain.  My only complaint is the narrow sleeves that would make it hard to fit over my Nano Puff.  I still bring my Frogg Togg jacket if I need protection over my Nano Puff or expect an all day rain. 

Just got in my new Stoic Wraith Windshirt from  Looks great.  They are eliminating a 2011 color for $27  at about 2.5 oz.  Actual weight is 73g or 2.55oz for the XL

3-19 Update:  After a week on the AT with the Stoic windshirt, I have to say I love it.  Light, packs into the zipper pocket.  Only improvement is to waterproof the seams to use as a rain jacket as well. (I added a post on seam sealing sil-nylon.)  The sleeves are a little long, but no big deal

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

Fabric Waterproof Rating:
yes, full-time 
1 front zip 
2.5 oz 
Recommended Use:
trail running, hiking, going ultralight 
Manufacturer Warranty:
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Using GaiaGPS While Backpacking

I used GaiaGPS again on another backpacking trip.  On this test I turned on tracking, and tried to save waypoints at trail junctions and campsites.  I tried to record a voice memo to describe the point.  While reviewing these points at home, I discovered that you can save a picture as a waypoint.  This would be a better way to remind you of the point after the hike.  Cool feature.  I did post a feature request to add voice memo functionality to both waypoints and photos to help further document the point quickly while hiking.

GaiaGPS is a keeper!

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