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Review: Stio Azura XT Hooded Jacket

posted by gumptiongear March 14, 2017 0 comments

With a trim, technical fit and packable design, the Azura XT Hooded Jacket is an all-conditions alpine insulator, featuring PrimaLoft® Gold insulation for year-round, weather-resistant warmth. Ready to stand in as your new mountain wing-man, the Stio Azura XT (available for men and women) keeps you comfortably warm on active alpine ascents and less-active base camp recovery sessions.

On Performance & Design…
When versatility and multi-season wearability is what you seek, look no further than the new Azura XT Hooded Jacket from Stio. With an adaptable design that’s as beautiful as the mountains that inspired its creation, the Azura XT ‘s is ideal for skiing at the resort, all-season adventuring on high peaks and passes, or for wearing around town.

Getting your layering right is one of the most important things you can do in the mountains, so a key piece like Stio Men’s Azura XT Hooded Jacket is worth its weight in gold. Luckily, the Azura XT’s paltry 15-ounce bulk doesn’t exactly tip the scales, but its Primaloft Gold synthetic insulation packs low-bulk warmth into a streamlined jacket.

This means you’ll retain body heat in cold conditions without the marshmallow-like puffiness of heavier down jackets. Another upside to using PrimaLoft lies within its synthetic fibers, which retain heat even in downright damp conditions. Proof of that little factoid was provided to our team on a recent adventure in the Santa Cruz Mountains. While traversing through the redwoods, the skies opened up and the rains refused to cease. Through it all, the Azura XT continued to keep our testers warm and cozy, no matter how wet it was outside.

Outer layers have to be tough, so Stio outfitted the Azura XT with a tenacious mini-ripstop fabric that provides impressive durability. Underarm gussets provide incredible range of motion, and the adjustable hood and hem seal out chilly gusts while ripping skins or rallying on the trails. With a trimmer, more athletic fit than its Azura cousins, the XT is the perfect call for streamlined mountain missions. And when your mountain adventure is done and celebrations commence at the local tavern, the jacket’s cire finish gives the Azura XT a subtle sheen that makes it stand out from the pack.

And for those who like their outdoor swag to go above and beyond traditional standards, know that the Azura XT has got your little eco-conscious heart covered.  This alpine performer is a bluesign® approved textile. One of the most renowned environmental certifications in the world, the bluesign standard means the Azura XT has met the most stringent of sustainable production standards.  

Bottom Line…
Lightweight, packable, and surprisingly warm, the Stio Azura XT Jacket is built to keep up with all of your adventurous endeavors. Whether you layer it for a day in the backcountry or wear it on its own while running errands around town, the synthetic Primaloft insulation makes this jacket a master of versatility.

*Gumption Gear Review received the items featured in this review from Stio at no cost and receives no monetary compensation for this or any related review. The items featured were provided solely in return for our honest views and opinions.

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