User Review: Mountain Hardwear Men's Synchro Jacket
Price Paid: $90
For three years I've been looking for a replacement for a throughly worn-out Marmot 'Magic Shirt' that was the first breathable softshell with all the usual great Marmot features, and it was a nice electric blue. I've found the Marmots of the current design are either too short in back or in the arms (I'm 6'4", 200 lbs.), or too expensive.
The Synchro has proven itself as advertised: Breathable, water resistant, windproof, lightweight, stretchy, and it fits my long arms well. What could be better? I've used it ski mountaineering in windy, snowy conditions; alpine skiing in high wind; skate skiing at 20 degrees; snowshoeing near zero; running; hanging out in town.
The downside is minimal: It's not as warm as expected, so a thicker baselayer solves that problem. Conversely, it has more comfort in a greater temp. range. The Synchro has become my take-it-with-me-everywhere jacket of choice. Oh, I couldn't find the purty blue on sale, and the black works just fine. Enjoy!