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Nikka Softshell Jacket - Women's

Fjallraven Nikka Softshell Jacket - Women's

$199.95

  • black
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Epsilon LT Jacket - Women's

Arc'teryx Epsilon LT Jacket - Women's

$198.95

  • green
  • blue
  • black

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

Enchainment Softshell Jacket - Women's

Outdoor Research Enchainment Softshell Jacket - Women's

$198.95

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  • red
  • black

Mercury Softshell Jacket - Women's

Dynafit Mercury Softshell Jacket - Women's

$199.95

Sentinel Thermal Softshell Jacket - Women's

The North Face Sentinel Thermal Softshell Jacket - Women's

Sale $174.26 Reg. $248.95 30% Off

  • pink
  • black
  • white

Valkyrie Softshell Jacket - Women's

The North Face Valkyrie Softshell Jacket - Women's

Sale $195.96 Reg. $279.95 30% Off

5 5 (2)

  • red
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Lutsen WindStopper Jacket - Women's

Oakley Lutsen WindStopper Jacket - Women's

Sale $169.00 Reg. $260.00 35% Off

5 5 (1)

  • purple
  • gray

Komper Softshell Jacket - Women's

The North Face Komper Softshell Jacket - Women's

Sale from $174.26 Reg. $248.95 30% Off

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  • blue
  • gray

Step It Up Softshell Jacket - Women's

Roxy Step It Up Softshell Jacket - Women's

Sale $181.97 Reg. $279.95 35% Off

  • black
  • yellow
  • blue

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.