Review: Stio Azura XT

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Review: Stio Azura XT

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Brian England

Having successfully eschewed the puffy-coat craze since it began, I was hesitant to embrace the Stio Azura XT hoodie. But after a certain O/B editor admonished me—“yes, they are trendy, but goddamn are they warm,”—I gave in. And the editor was right: the Azura is not only warm, but extremely well-made. After putting it through a winter, spring, and summer of skiing, fishing, and camping, it shows no signs of wear—no seams coming apart, no zipper failure (although it has collected a rather impressive collection of stains). It’s slim enough to fit under a waterproof hardshell, but warm enough to serve as an outer layer when the sun dips below the ridgeline. While I won’t be sending my buffalo-check flannel to the Salvation Army anytime soon, the Azura earns my full endorsement. $250; stio.com.

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