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Outdoor Research Linchpin Men's Softshell Jacket M M

Outdoor Research Linchpin Men's Softshell Jacket


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There’s no doubt that the trend in outerwear is doing more with less. The Holy Grail seems to be creating a shell that you put on in the morning and take off at the end of the day, never wanting more or less all day long. Hard shells can overheat you and soft shells can come up short in wet conditions, so that space in the middle seems to be the sweet spot for a jacket to hit. While all the variables—such as your activity, exertion level, metabolism, priorities and the weather—may preclude that one jacket from ever becoming a reality, the Linchpin comes awfully close to filling that performance gap between a hard shell and a soft shell. “The Linchpin really is a quiver of one,” says the jacket’s designer, Melanie Sirirot. “It’s the jacket you can wear around town, on the mountain and across a huge range of conditions.” Constructed entirely of Gore’s incredibly versatile Windstopper, the Linchpin offers a uniquely high level of both weather resistance and breathable comfort. The fabric itself easily sheds rain and snow, but combines an extremely high level of vapor permeability with untaped seams to keep you cozy inside as well. “It’s definitely not waterproof, but it’s ideal in a light rain, wet snow, high winds, or those day trips where the forecast is a total mixed bag,” says Sirirot. For high exertion, Torso-Flo side vents run from hem to bicep, allowing you to dump excess heat fast. Bottom-separating zippers add to the Linchpin’s adaptability, letting you wear your pack waistbelt under the front of the jacket for amazing airflow when you need it most. Added comfort and that light touch of soft shell-level insulation is delivered by an awesomely soft and durable polyester face fabric. There’s also a brushed lining that feels great next to skin, meaning there’s no limitation on how you can layer with the Linchpin.


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