In the sea of puffy jackets out there, sometimes you have to look through a magnifying glass to find the true innovation.

And while they might not move the overall outerwear sales needle, Vail, Colorado’s Sync Performance is introducing a new stretch puffy for this winter season that is specifically designed to be worn on the mountain, not in the lodge.

Featuring a 360 Degree Interlock Stretch Body Fabric throughout the jacket and PrimaLoft Down Blend insulation, Sync has produced a performance puffy that allows extreme mobility and maintains the warmth of a down jacket, while looking extremely stylish all the while.sync-puffy-skiing

“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 comfort. So we developed the Stretch Puffy jacket that offers unparalleled range of motion without sacrificing warmth.”

So while the jacket is designed for true mountain athletes, it also works well for anyone looking for added mobility and performance in a puffy, from dog walking, to shoveling snow, snow shoeing, ice climbing, etc.

PrimaLoft Down Blend is the ultimate combination of PrimaLoft with ultra-fine fibers and a homogeneous blend of water repellent goose down, offering high-performance warmth, dryness, and comfort in variable conditions while adhering to the PrimaLoft promise of an environmentally safe technology free of fluorocarbons.sync_puffy_men_orange

The shoulders feature the “highest rated waterproof to breathable rating in the industry,” according to Sync, with a 20k/20k Melange Woven Shoulder Overlay that is rainproof and waterproof under pressure. It also holds up to hoisted skis.

Additional features of the Stretch Puffy include a rubber molded mountain logo snap pocket; a zippered interior chest pocket; helmet compatible hood; waist drawcords and drop waist design.

The Stretch Puffy is $289 and can be purchased at syncperformance.com. Before you go out and ruin your traditional puffy on the mountain, consider investing in one of these do-it-all winter jackets.

–Aaron H. Bible is a Contributing Editor for Elevation Outdoors and the Managing Editor for SGBOnline. Follow him on Instagram