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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
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Calentito Softshell Jacket - Women's

The North Face Calentito Softshell Jacket - Women's

$98.95

3 5 (2)

  • blue
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Nimble Softshell Jacket - Women's

The North Face Nimble Softshell Jacket - Women's

$89.95

5 5 (2)

  • purple
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Simple Guide Softshell Hooded Jacket - Women's

Patagonia Simple Guide Softshell Hooded Jacket - Women's

$149.00

4 5 (2)

  • purple
  • red
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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

Summerset Softshell Jacket - Women's

Marmot Summerset Softshell Jacket - Women's

Sale from $94.46 Reg. $134.95 30% Off

  • black
  • blue

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

Mercury Softshell Jacket - Women's

Dynafit Mercury Softshell Jacket - Women's

Sale from $139.96 Reg. $199.95 30% Off

  • green
  • pink

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
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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

Tempo Hooded Softshell Jacket - Women's

Marmot Tempo Hooded Softshell Jacket - Women's

Sale $94.46 Reg. $134.95 30% Off

4 5 (2)

  • red
  • green
  • black

Covet Softshell Jacket - Women's

Outdoor Research Covet Softshell Jacket - Women's

Sale $146.22 Reg. $224.95 35% Off

  • blue
  • gray
  • black

Decibelle Softshell Jacket - Women's

Outdoor Research Decibelle Softshell Jacket - Women's

Sale $97.96 Reg. $139.95 30% Off

5 5 (1)

  • gray
  • blue

Welder Lo Softshell Jacket - Women's

Stoic Welder Lo Softshell Jacket - Women's

Sale $94.15 Reg. $269.00 65% Off

5 5 (7)

Past Season Colors

  • pink
  • gray

AK Roll Softshell Jacket - Women's

Burton AK Roll Softshell Jacket - Women's

Sale $139.97 Reg. $199.95 30% Off

5 5 (2)

  • purple
  • black

Nova Softshell Jacket - Women's

Salomon Nova Softshell Jacket - Women's

Sale $77.97 Reg. $129.95 40% Off

  • purple
  • blue
  • black

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.