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Apex Bionic Softshell Jacket - Women's

The North Face Apex Bionic Softshell Jacket - Women's

Sale from $104.26 Reg. $148.95 30% Off

5 5 (89)

  • gray
  • white
  • purple
  • green
  • red
  • more

Adze Softshell Jacket - Women's

Patagonia Adze Softshell Jacket - Women's

$139.00

4 5 (10)

  • blue
  • purple
  • red
  • black

ROM Softshell Jacket - Women's

Marmot ROM Softshell Jacket - Women's

Sale from $129.46 Reg. $184.95 30% Off

5 5 (7)

  • red
  • blue
  • black
  • purple

Chromium Thermal Softshell Jacket - Women's

The North Face Chromium Thermal Softshell Jacket - Women's

Sale $111.96 Reg. $159.95 30% Off

5 5 (5)

  • white
  • black

Beta LT Jacket - Women's

Arc'teryx Beta LT Jacket - Women's

$498.95

  • orange
  • green
  • black
  • blue
  • more

Cipher Softshell Jacket - Women's

The North Face Cipher Softshell Jacket - Women's

$148.95

  • white
  • black
  • purple

Calentito Softshell Jacket - Women's

The North Face Calentito Softshell Jacket - Women's

$98.95

3 5 (2)

  • blue
  • black
  • more

Beta LT Hybrid Jacket - Women's

Arc'teryx Beta LT Hybrid Jacket - Women's

$349.95

  • red
  • green
  • black

Epsilon Lt Hoodie - Women's

Arc'teryx Epsilon Lt Hoodie - Women's

$218.95

  • blue
  • green
  • more

Nimble Softshell Jacket - Women's

The North Face Nimble Softshell Jacket - Women's

$89.95

5 5 (2)

  • purple
  • black
  • blue
  • more

Sweet As Softshell Jacket - Women's

Columbia Sweet As Softshell Jacket - Women's

$79.95

5 5 (1)

  • orange
  • blue
  • pink
  • white

ROM Softshell Jacket - Women's

Marmot ROM Softshell Jacket - Women's

$184.95

Ferrosi Hooded Softshell Jacket - Women's

Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hooded Softshell Jacket - Women's

$128.95

  • red
  • blue
  • black
  • purple

Shellrock Softshell Jacket - Women's

The North Face Shellrock Softshell Jacket - Women's

$128.95

  • blue
  • pink
  • black
  • white

HyBridge Hooded Softshell Down Jacket - Women's

Canada Goose HyBridge Hooded Softshell Down Jacket - Women's

$624.95

2 5 (2)

  • black
  • red

Iodin Jacket - Women's

The North Face Iodin Jacket - Women's

$129.95

  • red
  • green
  • black

Nikka Softshell Jacket - Women's

Fjallraven Nikka Softshell Jacket - Women's

$199.95

  • black
  • green
  • more

Simple Guide Softshell Hooded Jacket - Women's

Patagonia Simple Guide Softshell Hooded Jacket - Women's

$149.00

4 5 (2)

  • purple
  • red
  • blue

Epsilon LT Jacket - Women's

Arc'teryx Epsilon LT Jacket - Women's

$198.95

  • green
  • blue
  • black

Ultimate Hooded Softshell Jacket - Women's

Mammut Ultimate Hooded Softshell Jacket - Women's

$279.95

  • black
  • green
  • red

Super Gravity Jacket - Women's

Marmot Super Gravity Jacket - Women's

Sale from $129.46 Reg. $184.95 30% Off

4 5 (6)

  • blue
  • red
  • black

MTR 141 Air Jacket - Women's

Mammut MTR 141 Air Jacket - Women's

$108.95

  • black
  • blue

Summerset Softshell Jacket - Women's

Marmot Summerset Softshell Jacket - Women's

Sale from $94.46 Reg. $134.95 30% Off

  • black
  • blue

Sashanna Softshell Jacket - Women's

The North Face Sashanna Softshell Jacket - Women's

$198.95

  • gray
  • black

Alpine Project Hybrid Hooded Jacket - Women's

The North Face Alpine Project Hybrid Hooded Jacket - Women's

$198.95

  • blue
  • black

Zoom Softshell Jacket - Women's

Marmot Zoom Softshell Jacket - Women's

$154.95 Past Season Colors

  • gray
  • black
  • more

Gamma LT Hooded Softshell Jacket - Women's

Arc'teryx Gamma LT Hooded Softshell Jacket - Women's

Sale from $237.45 Reg. $249.95 5% Off

  • purple
  • blue
  • more

Enchainment Softshell Jacket - Women's

Outdoor Research Enchainment Softshell Jacket - Women's

Sale from $139.26 Reg. $198.95 30% Off

5 5 (3)

  • red
  • green
  • black

Coldgear Infrared Softershell Jacket - Women's

Under Armour Coldgear Infrared Softershell Jacket - Women's

Sale from $90.96 Reg. $129.95 30% Off

  • green
  • purple
  • black

Tempo Softshell Jacket - Women's

Marmot Tempo Softshell Jacket - Women's

$99.95

Mercury Softshell Jacket - Women's

Dynafit Mercury Softshell Jacket - Women's

Sale from $139.96 Reg. $199.95 30% Off

  • green
  • pink

Estes Softshell Jacket - Women's

Marmot Estes Softshell Jacket - Women's

Sale $114.71 Reg. $134.95 15% Off

  • blue
  • black
  • white
  • more

Morgan Softshell Jacket - Women's

The North Face Morgan Softshell Jacket - Women's

Sale from $139.26 Reg. $198.95 30% Off

4 5 (1)

  • orange
  • white

Tranquility Softshell Jacket - Women's

Marmot Tranquility Softshell Jacket - Women's

Sale $139.96 Reg. $199.95 30% Off

5 5 (4)

  • white
  • black
  • purple

Ruby Raschel Jacket - Women's

The North Face Ruby Raschel Jacket - Women's

Sale $90.96 Reg. $129.95 30% Off

5 5 (7)

  • blue
  • white
  • black
  • more

Mixed Guide Softshell Hooded Jacket - Women's

Patagonia Mixed Guide Softshell Hooded Jacket - Women's

Sale $209.30 Reg. $299.00 30% Off

5 5 (5)

  • blue
  • gray

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How to Choose a Softshell Jacket

 

Softshell jackets are a lightweight, breathable solution for skiers, climbers, and runners. Softshell is a synthetic material that offers weather protection, ample warmth, high breathability, and good range of motion. A fleece jacket will usually provide more warmth and a shell jacket more weather protection, but a softshell strikes an ideal balance between the two.

Construction:

The more active you are, the more breathable you want your jacket to be. A single-layer softshell offers plenty of breathability, but it sacrifices some weather protection. On the other hand, a two or three-layer softshell jacket will sacrifice a bit of breathability for the sake of more weather protection.

Fit:

A loose fitting softshell is fine for skiing, but if you’re climbing or backpacking, you’ll want a jacket with a slim or athletic fit. A more contoured fit keeps the jacket close to your body, give you room to layer underneath, and it’ll feel comfortable when you’re wearing a backpack or climbing harness.

Features:

With the exception of a couple of pockets, most softshells are relatively bare-bones when it comes to features. Carefully consider what you plan to do in the mountains to determine the exact features you need. Underarm zips or a helmet-compatible hood may be necessary for one activity and unnecessary for another.