Wednesday, January 5, 2011

GoLite: Wind River Softshell Jacket

GoLite Wind River Softshell Jacket – This jacket is for the adventure seeking athlete who still enjoys the outdoors even when the temperature drops. Let’s face it, most would rather stay indoors when it gets cold and damp outside. With the Wind River Jacket, there is NO REASON not to venture outdoors. Highly breathable, wind and water resistant, this jacket offers the wearer a superior range of motion and is a must-have winter wardrobe staple for any athletic man.

Warmth is provided by the fleece-like lining on the inside portion of the jacket. Wind and Water resistance comes from the soft, brush backed fabric on the outside. There are also numerous pockets to put valuables in. Inside the jacket, there is a zippered pocket big enough to put a wallet in. Both sides have a “drop-in” pocket that can fit something about 10” long and 6” wide, but will need to be fairly skinny. I’m thinking you can fit a map and some snacks in there.

On the outside, you have zippered pockets on the left and right side. They are fairly deep so you have enough room to put a camera on one side and maybe a hand held GPS or phone on the other. Last but not least, there’s the arm pocket on the left side that you can fit an MP3 player or maybe a Swiss Army knife in.

Two other features that I love about this jacket is the ability to cinch down the waist and the articulated wrist cuffs. The wrist cuffs also have Velcro so you can tighten to your liking. With these features, there is no chance for the elements to sneak up your jacket from the waist or through the sleeves. At 620 grams, you won’t be packing much weight and that will be one less thing to worry about.

It’s no coincidence that this jacket received “Editors’ Choice Green 2010” from Backpacker. This jacket from GoLite comes in three different colors: black/black (the one I received and the yellow accents look sporty), Ocean Blue/Granite and Granite/Granite.

Complimentary product was provided to me from GoLite for this review. All opinions are my own.

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