By Jason Heaton
on 3.31.10

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Times are tough but it’s not time to go cheap; it’s time to demand better quality and more versatility in our products. So while the GoLite McKenzie Reflexion soft shell jacket costs three bills, it might be the only jacket you need from October through April (OK, you can keep your puffy down jacket). It’s that good.

“Soft shells” have been around for about a decade now, improving with each generation. They breathe better, are more flexible and comfortable than hard shells (Gore-tex, etc.) and wear more like fleece. They also shed rain nearly as well while offering better abrasion resistance and are not as noisy as crinkly nylon. In a nutshell – they do it all. And the McKenzie does it all better than most.

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Hiking in the mountains or some spring skiing? The McKenzie blocks the wind but keeps you from overheating with its breathable Sympatex® liner and huge pit zips. Bagging that winter ascent of the Grand Teton? The hood is helmet-compatible and the front pockets ride higher to not interfere with a climbing harness. How about a fall weekend in the city? The subdued, fitted design works on the subway as well as it does on the chair lift and internal cord routing and an iPod pocket mean you can bring the tunes along.

In an era of specialization and obsolescence in outdoor gear, the versatile GoLite McKenzie is an anomaly and a refreshing change and one that we hope becomes a trend.

Buy Now: $300

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