If you still haven’t heard of Stio, it’s time to check them out. Stio prides themselves on “functional products infused with mountain soul.” Lucky for me, my holiday wish-list was answered and I got to test the new Stio Raymer Jacket.
Stio Raymer Jacket Review
This is the lightest ski shell I have ever worn. At only 17oz this is a minimalists dream. The Raymer is designed to be streamlined and packable without compromising on protection. The jacket is built with Stio’s Dermizax, a three-layer stretch polyester and rated at 20,000 mm waterproofing and 10,000mm breathability. Also, fully waterproof seams and water-resistant Aquaguard zippers, the Rayner can weather a storm.
I first busted out this jacket during our Xmas pow day. I was a little worried about the lack of insulation as temps barely hovered in the teens. But, the Rayner totally exceeded my expectations. The adjustable hood actually fits well over a helmet for extra protection. With an extra mid layer on I was cozy, without any bulk.
The real test for me was this last storm in the Tetons. We had over 24” in 2 days. The Rayner kept me dry and comfortable all day in this storm, even with warm and wet conditions near the base. This jacket is so light and free-moving it’s a game-changer. Stio nailed it with the Rayner as a perfect shell for any type of riding.
Stio Complete Kit
I was so stoked on the Rayner I went out and bought a pair of the Environ Bibs. Made with the same Dermizax tech, again these bibs are perfect for casual resort laps or all-day backcountry missions. The high elastic waistband and suspenders make the pants feel like they are floating effortlessly and absolutely keep snow out.
The sizing on both the jacket and bibs runs big. I opted for the small in each.
Another thing that impressed me with Stio was their customer service. I can’t stress how important that is to me when we have so many choices these days. After a couple of days in the jacket, the zipper jammed and I couldn’t undo the coat. I brought the Rayner into the Stio store here in Jackson, WY and they quickly replaced it with zero questions asked. Can it get any better?
During this review, I did not have a chance to take the jacket touring. I personally have not felt comfortable with our conditions and snowpack and have opted for in-bounds riding. But I can tell from my hot pow laps in bounds that the Stio Rayner Jacket ($375) will offer the same comfort and protection on long tours as well as all-day resort riding. This jacket is a new favorite of mine for the protection it offers without feeling weighted down or constricted. Paired with the Environ Bibs, I now have one kit for any day and conditions.
Another great option from Stio is the Snotel Jacket. Learn more in our Stio Snotel Jacket Review.