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.