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Mountain Hardware Hooded Synchro Jacket

post #1 of 19
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Here is the jacket at backcountry.com

I have been wanting a more versatile softshell, as my older one has a snug, athletic fit and doesn't really offer a lot of protection in rough weather because of its low collar. Interestingly, the regular Synchro jacket falls into this latter category, but the hooded version has a more generous fit (closer to a hardshell) and just feels more substantial. Whereas I have had a hard time sizing many softshells because of the snug fit, the Hooded Synchro can be sized just like a traditional hardshell.

I used the Hooded Synchro for three days at Alta, in conditions ranging from warm Bluebird weather to a snow squall, and it handled everything quite well. The Conduit softshell material breathes well, and the side/pit zips offer additional ventilation as needed. The inner soft surface of the jacket gives it a teeny bit more comfort and warmth than a regular hardshell, and works very well with base layers. The large hood fits over my full helmet, and added a nice layer of shelter on one snowy chair ride.

This is a versatile jacket, with four outer pockets (two hand pockets and two Napolean pockets), an inner chest pocket, and an inner pouch pocket that is large enough for a water bottle or gloves. I was able to carry all the usual junk I take on big-mountain trips with room to spare.

Like my other Mountain Hardware gear, the design and quality are excellent, and everything is pretty well thought out. The jacket has a lot of nice little touches.

Note 1: several of the zippers on the jacket have a water gasket on them, and are a bit tight at first. But they start to break in after some usage.

Note 2: this jacket has traditional cuffs with an inner fleece ring, and is quite comfortable around the wrists. However, gloves with gauntlets will not fit over these cuffs very well. I would recommend using under-cuff gloves with this jacket, which makes for a very nice fit.

Note 3: the jacket does not have a wind flap under the main zipper, but I never detected an issue with wind or water getting through there, possibly because of the tight action of the zipper.

Addendum: When I first saw this on backcountry.com, all the sizes/colors were on sale for $162, but now I see that only one or two combos are that price, with the rest offered at $206-208. EpicSki supporters can use their 15% discount code on backcountry.com to knock that down to about $195. At any of these prices, I think this jacket is a good value.
post #2 of 19
skier219, isn't it a pleasure to use a fine piece of gear - whether skis or a new outer garment. While I have never owned a piece of Mountain Harware gear, I have admired it at our local shop. I have a soft shell rain jacket by Arc Teryx and two new jackets for Cloudveil. One I got on Ebay, and the other Cloudveil sent to me at no charge when I retruned a well loved four year old jacket whose zipper had pooched. All I asked was that they repair it. Because it was no longer in their line, the rep and I literally went over their line to find the closest replacement. We made a selection, and five minutes later he called to say that my old beater had arrived in the mail and would I mind if the sent to me a much more substantial jacket than the one we chose. Long and short, I got my $90 four year old Cloudveil replaced with a new $320 beauty. Sorry to hijack your thread, but my point is that the quality of a product - like the Mountain Harware gear - is often more than fabric deep. Enjoy. David
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Hey David! Sometimes my wife teases me about my gear habits (ie, may as well go shopping with her and the girls) but I really do like finding well thought out and well made gear. There is a lot of lousy stuff out there, so it's nice to find something that gets it done right. I think I am especially critical of jackets and pants, since they are very important to skiing. The good ones do their job and get out of the way. There's nothing more annoying than ski clothing that has a dumb feature, poor design, or bad fit!
post #4 of 19
I offer to take my wife shopping - but it would just be another session in front of the dumbo screen. Somehow she is not into the the "lets get up at 3:00am to see what steep and cheap has going". Whats that about?
post #5 of 19
Pssst.

It's Mountain Hardwear

I love the Synchro Jacket. I've lusted after it for years.
post #6 of 19
I love my normal (nonhooded) synchro jacket. I've had it for over a year and its held off snow, rain and everything in between. Match it up with the monkeyman jacket underneath and its one of the warmest things I own, even with just a tshirt on underneath.
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by jonnythan View Post
Pssst.

It's Mountain Hardwear
Dang it! : Gets me every time...
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by Hedgelj View Post
Match it up with the monkeyman jacket underneath and its one of the warmest things I own.
+1

I rocked that same setup in MT in December - it was cold, but I was warm!
post #9 of 19
how is the synchro different from the Kramer. I know the karmer is a hard soft combo. But it looks kina "techno". I seem to like the OR Mithril as well but it also seems kinda tron like.

Does anyone make a nice hooded softshell with excellent h20 properties that is clean a simple looking like some of the lightweight westomb jobs...thanks
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by kbuzz View Post
how is the synchro different from the Kramer. I know the karmer is a hard soft combo. But it looks kina "techno". I seem to like the OR Mithril as well but it also seems kinda tron like.

Does anyone make a nice hooded softshell with excellent h20 properties that is clean a simple looking like some of the lightweight westomb jobs...thanks
Kramer is 1/2" longer and has a thicker lining. Makes the Kramer about 50 grams heavier and $55 more expensive (retail). Both are nice jackets.

I couldn't find a shop nearby that carried the hooded (Ski) Synchro. I had my eye on the Dragon softshell, but it is cut more for a climber and my gut was too big for it in a large.

I ended up getting a Marmot Superhero. I say that is one you could take a look at.
post #11 of 19
I picked this jacket up about a month ago to have something light for spring skiing. It is a lot tougher than I thought and have worn it several ski days already.

Storage is very good, the only exception is that the internal mesh (goggle) pocket needs to be larger. The brushed fleece lining in the sleeves can catch layers underneath - minor irritation.

I couldn't find it in a local store so I bought it direct from MH. I found it to be about a size larger than I expected, and it has 1-2 inches more length in the arms than other brands. I thought it would bother me, but so far it hasn't.

I'd go down a size if you're not going to layer a lot under it.
post #12 of 19

I have two of these jackets (I liked the first one so much I bought a second!).  Great all around jacket for skiing.  I have used it in conditions ranging from rain to bitter cold and never had a complaint.

post #13 of 19

took a look at this jacket b/c it has everything i seek, soft shell, pow skirt, real hooded  and pockets.  In the store at least the fabric was not what i expected.  Sort of felt more like a shiny harder "soft shell." 

I was expecting something like the OR mithril or marmot hero.

 

Would apreciate comments from those who have actualy used it.  Is it a redundant hard shell disguised as soft. Or truly a different animal.

post #14 of 19

I have the regular Synchro without the hood and it definately feels like a softshell not a hardshell when you are wearing it.  Not crinkly at all like a hardshell.

 

FYI, I'm pretty sure this jacket doesn't have a powder skirt.
 

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Originally Posted by kbuzz View Post

 

took a look at this jacket b/c it has everything i seek, soft shell, pow skirt, real hooded  and pockets.  In the store at least the fabric was not what i expected.  Sort of felt more like a shiny harder "soft shell." 

I was expecting something like the OR mithril or marmot hero.

 

Would apreciate comments from those who have actualy used it.  Is it a redundant hard shell disguised as soft. Or truly a different animal.


 

post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 

They did change it slightly this year, but I have no idea if there is a skirt (older model I own does not have a skirt).  The fabric looks/feels the same to me -- definitely softshell. 

 

post #16 of 19

The model I got directly from Mountain Hardwear this year does not have a skirt - despite the description on the website.

post #17 of 19

For those of you lusting after it Backcountry.com has it on sale right now for 50% off.

post #18 of 19
Thread Starter 

 Here it is -- excellent price ($137):

 

www.backcountry.com/store/MHW0968/Mountain-Hardwear-Synchro-Ski-Jacket-Mens.html

 

That looks like the new 09 model I saw a couple weeks ago.  

post #19 of 19


 

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Originally Posted by kbuzz View Post

 

took a look at this jacket b/c it has everything i seek, soft shell, pow skirt, real hooded  and pockets.  In the store at least the fabric was not what i expected.  Sort of felt more like a shiny harder "soft shell." 

I was expecting something like the OR mithril or marmot hero.

 

Would apreciate comments from those who have actualy used it.  Is it a redundant hard shell disguised as soft. Or truly a different animal.

Have you tried the Marmot SuperHero? Although, does not have a powder skirt. And may be a tad short for those kinds of conditions, especially w/o a skirt.
 

 

I have one and really like it, but ski the east, so powder not much of an issue :(.

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