Softshell Jacket Buyer's Guide
Ask most people to define a softshell, and they usually give you vague answer like "well, it's almost a hardshell but it's more than just a fleece. I dunno." That leaves a lot of open ground. Softshell jackets range from completely waterproof jackets that can take on pretty much any storm to ultralight stretch shells that provide maximum breathability for highly aerobic activities. This guide tries to help you find one that works best for you.
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Get a membrane-equipped softshell:
Get a stretch-woven softshell:
How do you tell them apart?
Anything! Softshell have seen use for everything from ultralight backpacking to high-altitude mountaineering.
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