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Beta LT Jacket - Women's

Arc'teryx Beta LT Jacket - Women's




Beta LT Hybrid Jacket - Women's

Arc'teryx Beta LT Hybrid Jacket - Women's




Eldora Hooded Softshell - Women's

Arc'teryx Eldora Hooded Softshell - Women's




Tempo Softshell Jacket - Women's

Marmot Tempo Softshell Jacket - Women's


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Gamma LT Jacket - Women's

Arc'teryx Gamma LT Jacket - Women's




Iodin Jacket - Women's

The North Face Iodin Jacket - Women's

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ROM Softshell Jacket - Women's

Marmot ROM Softshell Jacket - Women's

$129.46 $184.95 30% Off



Summerset Softshell Jacket - Women's

Marmot Summerset Softshell Jacket - Women's

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Marla Softshell Jacket - Women's

Marmot Marla Softshell Jacket - Women's

$115.46 $164.95 30% Off


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 a good balance between the two.

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. Shop Single-Layer Softshell Jackets Shop 2-Layer Softshell Jackets Shop 3-Layer Softshell Jackets
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.
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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, gives you room to layer underneath, and it'll feel comfortable when you're wearing a backpack or climbing harness. Shop Slim Fit Softshell Jackets Shop Regular Fit Softshell Jackets

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How to Buy an Alpine Touring Boot

Free Your Feet From the Resort

Traditionally, a ski boot was designed for going downhill with as much speed and power as possible, with little thought to the comfort when going uphill. With an aggressive sole material like Vibram, lightweight shell material, and the now-standard lever to switch between walk and ski modes (to free the cuff to rotate or lock it in place), the alpine touring boot changed everything. This is the boot to take into the backcountry.

Binding Compatibility:

An alpine touring boot is either compatible with a standard alpine ski binding (DIN normalized binding), a TECH binding, or both. There’s little difference between the boots except for the extra heel and toe fittings required for a boot to be TECH compatible.

Flex Rating:

A stiff boot will have a high flex rating (120-130+), while a softer boot will have a lower flex rating (100-110). Stiffness benefits you during the descent, but it might cause you pain on the skin track—consider whether you prefer superior comfort or performance.


A carbon cuff or tongue, lightweight plastic shell, minimalist buckle design, or honeycomb structure help reduce the weight of an AT boot so you can move faster and feel less fatigued during a long tour.