GoLite Reflexion or Go home

It’s been a terrific week. After a long journey of split seams, mud smudges, T-bar torn armpits, and happy hour stains, I’ve found my life partner. As a lifelong hoodie devotee it was a stretch to think that a jacket could offer the same loungability as a sweatshirt, but GoLite truly has me enamored. The McKenzie Reflexion Softshell is not only super versatile, but is light on the lbs., stylish, and created mainly from recycled materials. To say I’m stoked is an understatement; the ATF team can attest that it’s been a challenge to get me to remove this jacket from the moment I put it on.

In the past I hated wearing jackets for anything other than snow sports because the overall bulkiness and lack of ventilation drove me crazy. The Reflexion Softshell has given me new perspective as it is proving to be a masterpiece of function and comfort. The soft polyester liner coupled with aluminum coating makes this jacket extremely cozy considering its lightweight feel.  It fits snugly enough to keep warmth in, but is relaxed enough to allow for layering on those frigid February days.

One of my favorite features of this jacket is the extended taper on top of the wrists. For those of you out there who enjoy powder as much as I do and have a tendency to spend an abundance of time head first in snow banks, the extra length ensures a secure glove to jacket fit. There is nothing worse than frozen wrists on the mountain. Another highlight I found was the separation between the hood and collar. The hood doesn’t restrict head movement and is compatible with any type of helmet. An extra bonus is the inner pocket for your ipod and stash pocket on the sleeve.

So, as I sit in my heatless apartment, you can rest assured that the Reflexion and I are plotting our winter trysts with a vengeance. Bring on the deep snow of the Sierras, the brutal fog on the Lost Coast, or a serious pond hockey escape on the lakes on New England- my little green friend and I are ready for a challenge.

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