Gear review: SYNC Performance Stretch Puffy
SYNC Performance Stretch Puffy
Cost: Men’s and women’s jackets are $289, available at http://www.syncperformance.com.
• 360-degree Interlock Stretch Body Fabric for added mobility
• Primaloft 50 percent Luxe synthetic down (free of fluorocarbons) and 50 percent premium down
• High waterproof and breathable rating
• Zippered interior chest pocket and helmet compatible hood
• Waist drawcords, drop waist
A jacket that’s puffy and stretchy already sounded great, but the SYNC Performance Stretch Puffy has also lived up to the hype.
This insulated jacket, released earlier this winter, uses stretch fabric and PrimaLoft down — a combination of PrimaLoft ultra-fine fibers and water-repellent goose down — which makes for a warm, cozy fit that has been able to withstand some really cold and windy winter days in Aspen. And on a warm, spring day, the jacket never feels too warm, which has elevated its status in my closet as this winter’s go-to jacket.
The shiny exterior gives it a more luxurious appearance, and is complemented by a 20k/20k Melange woven material that is rainproof and waterproof in heavy rain or wet snow. The denim-like overlay on the shoulders and chest gives the jacket a stylish look and provides a nice visual balance to the rest of the jacket.
SYNC Performance, based in Edwards, touts the jacket’s mobility and performance, all of which have held true this winter. And for women with big busts, this is the jacket for you. You can get comfort and mobility without sacrificing a flattering fit — a rarity for women’s winter wear.
“We came up with the concept of the Stretch Puffy after a cold day on the mountain with professional alpine ski racers,” said Phil Shettig, president of SYNC Performance. “The athletes couldn’t bend and move in their insulated jackets before their training runs. We thought there’s no reason to sacrifice performance for warmth. So we developed the Stretch Puffy jacket that offers unparalleled range of motion without sacrificing warmth.”
The movement is what’s key about this jacket. It feels almost elastic, but never tight, and allows winter athletes a way to excel in their sports without sacrificing comfort, warmth or mobility. For activities like snowmobiling or ice climbing, I recommend adding another layer or two underneath for added insulation.
After a couple of months of wear, the jacket has started shedding some goose feathers, but the overall quality appears to be holding up just fine.
Lauren Glendenning is the editor of The Aspen Times. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.