Soft Shell Jackets

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Brands

Marmot
Mountain Hardwear
The North Face
Arc'teryx
Outdoor Research
Mammut
Patagonia
Rab
Columbia
Black Diamond

Genders

Unisex
Men's
Women's
Kids'
Boys'
Girls'

Price

less than $50
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Soft Shell Jacket Reviews

Arc'teryx Men's Gamma MX Hoody

rated 3 of 5 stars Very lackluster performance for the price. It's a good light jacket that is being overhyped. Seriously the glowing reviews for this have to be confirmation bias due to spending so much. It's OK, but doesn't do what a jacket needs to do hardly any better than a decent fleece. Your shoulders will start to get wet after 20 minutes of light rain, the wind will be slowed but even a moderate breeze can be felt, and temperatures below 45 Fahrenheit will leave you shivering if you're not exerting… Full review

Arc'teryx Venta MX Hoody

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great all round soft shell for touring, mountaineering, and climbing, I used this jacket as my primary do-it-all layer for all of 2013/2014. The fit is closest to the Gamma AR, being slightly more tapered around the waist that the Venta SV. It was looser than the the MX. It does have a very almost hard-shell starchiness that makes it less stretchy than the Gamma MX, but immensely more water resistant and durable. I was a little put off by the fact it had Windstopper and pit zips, but I have actually… Full review

Eddie Bauer Men's Propellant Jacket

rated 3 of 5 stars Very comfortable, lightly insulated, stretchy, wind and water resistant soft shell. Poor quality control! Great idea, this jacket could be awesome but...questionable execution. My hood elastic cinch pulled loose from the end the first time I pulled it, unthreading all the way out. Hmmm return or ??? I reluctantly rethreaded and sewed it back. The hem elastic cinch has no cord locks. I had to add them. Zippers were very sticky. I lubed them and they were better, but come on! This is an expensive… Full review

Outdoor Research Men's Helium Hybrid Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Super light, compact. Easy to throw in you pack or clip onto your belt or harness. Love the self stuffing pouch that has a nice clip-in loop. Once the Helium is on you the wind is blocked. I have only worn it in the lightest of mist and sprinkles, worked great there. I assume if you know it's going to rain you'd want something beefier. (The reviewer is an athlete ambassador for Outdoor Research.) Full review

Outdoor Research Men's Helium Hybrid Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The OR Helium Hybrid is a lightweight, no-frills wind jacket that has additional protection from rain on the hood and shoulders. The minimalist design of the jacket provides satisfactory coverage from wind and moderate rain showers, which I found perfect for spring and summer weather. Background: I have been testing this jacket over the past three months using it as my go-to jacket when an extra layer is needed or as protection from the rain. It has been used primarily for hiking in the Columbia… Full review

Marmot Men's Vapor Trail Hoody

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great mid-weight wind and water resistant shell for early spring and higher altitude outings. As part of my preparation for summiting some 14'ers this summer, I bought this Marmot Vapor Trail Hoody to carry as my mid-weight layer. The weather can change dramatically and in a hurry at altitude so I wanted something with a hood that was highly breathable yet blocked wind and shed light rain or snow.  I bought this toward the end of winter but we had a lot of spring snow and rain this year in the… Full review

Patagonia Men's Alpine Houdini

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is the lightest and most packable waterproof/breathable shell I have tried. It functioned extremely well on a variety of really unpleasant days, in both heavy rain and high wind. Consistent with many ultralight options, this jacket covers the basics but has a fairly spartan design overall — so if you favor function over frills, you will like this. I highly recommend this shell as a compact, light, but very functional insurance policy against foul weather. PRODUCT DETAILS: My size XL in "folios… Full review

Mountain Hardwear Men's Alchemy Hooded Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars After giving up on soft shells I am back to being a fan. After the last soft shell jacket I was wearing became soaked during an all-day sleet I said never again. People told me, “soft shells are only for light rain or dry snow.”  I thought, So now I need to be able to predict the weather?  Comparing the new Alchemy to those old jackets is like comparing my ‘02 Focus to a new Audi S5. If you remember such things, the MH Alchemy jacket used to be a hoodless soft shell made with Windstopper… Full review

Rab Men's Scimitar Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars Light, well-designed, all-around softshell for doing anything in the mountains. Purchased this jacket about six months ago and have had the opportunity to take this jacket hiking, biking, ice/alpine/rock climbing, backcountry, alpine, and cross-country skiing, and traveling to Asia. The fit in Rab is usually spot on for my body type, and this piece very nearly got it perfect; only gripes are forearms that are too snug to use very substantial layers underneath. Granted I'm a climber and my forearm… Full review

Top-Rated Soft Shell Jackets

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user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Marmot Gravity Jacket
$82 - $150
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Marmot Leadville Jacket
$80 - $160
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Mountain Hardwear Brono Jacket
$58
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Mountain Hardwear Alchemy Jacket
$395
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
The North Face Apex Bionic Jacket
$79 - $169
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Arc'teryx Gamma MX Hoody
$227 - $350
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Arc'teryx Gamma MX Jacket
$224 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Jacket
$57 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Alibi Jacket
$130 - $174
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Marmot ROM Jacket
$110 - $185
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Mountain Hardwear G50 Jacket
$79 - $156
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Gamma AR Jacket
$150 - $180
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Mithril Jacket
$117 - $250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mammut Ultimate Hoody
$155 - $280
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Helium Hybrid Jacket
$74 - $125
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Alchemy Hooded Jacket
$395
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Mithril Stormshell
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Venta SV Jacket
$399
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Effusion Hooded Jacket
$100 - $174
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Approach Jacket
$77 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Knifeblade Jacket
$379
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Gamma LT Jacket
$219
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Furlong Jacket
$90 - $164
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Marmot Zion Jacket
$250 - $385
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Mountain Hardwear Offwidth Jacket
$65 - $82
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Rab Stretch Neo Jacket
$200 - $238
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Key Three II Softshell
$93
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Alpine Houdini
$119 - $199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Cipher Hybrid Jacket
$85 - $118
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Jacket
$249 - $298
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Valkyrie Jacket
$195
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montane Mountain Star
$42 - $84
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Epsilon LT Jacket
$198 - $199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Venta MX Hoody
$450
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Vapor Trail Hoody
$89 - $149
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Mammut Ultimate Jacket
$187 - $279
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Tempo Windstopper Jacket
$78
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rab Scimitar Jacket
$134
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia Wildcat III Soft Shell
$180
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rab Vapour-Rise Lite Jacket
$72 - $164
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Principia Softshell Jacket
$115 - $165
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Loki Mountain Hoodie
$129
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Alpine Guide Jacket
$137 - $229
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Guide Jacket
$104
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face RDT Softshell Jacket
$80 - $89
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Rab Boreas Pull-On
$80 - $89
Mountain Hardwear Tacna Jacket
$91 - $130
L.L.Bean Neoshell Bounder Jacket
$169 - $299
Sherpa Adventure Gear Kriti Jacket
$45
Adidas Hiking 2-Layer CPS Jacket
$70
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