Soft Shell Jackets

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Brands

Marmot
Mountain Hardwear
Outdoor Research
Arc'teryx
Patagonia
Buffalo
TAD
The North Face
Klattermusen
Jack Wolfskin

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: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Jacket
$57 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Alibi Jacket
$130 - $174
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Alchemy Hooded Jacket
$230 - $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
$78 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Knifeblade Jacket
$265 - $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: 5 of 5 (6)
Buffalo Special 6 Shirt
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
TAD Stealth Hoodie
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Apex Thermal Jacket
$229 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Klattermusen Mithril Sweater
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Jack Wolfskin Traverse Jacket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Firee Jacket
$375 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Loki Lore Jacket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
GoLite Granite Creek Trinity Bonded Softshell Jacket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gore Phantom SO Lady Bike Jacket
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Alpine Design RN 44741
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Insulator Jacket
$149 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Drift Creek Outdoors #5001 Stormbloc Weather Shield Soft Shell Hooded Jacket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Backcountry.com Shift Softshell Jacket
$199 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Patagonia Ready Mix Jacket
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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
The North Face Apex Zip Shirt
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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Columbia Cloud Forest Jacket
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Threshold Jacket
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Westcomb Arcane Jacket
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Patagonia Stretch Boundary Jacket
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Mammut Castor Jacket
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Cipher Windstopper Jacket
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Storm King Jacket
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Welded Omega Jacket
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
EMS All-Terra Jacket
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Trident Jacket
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Prolix Delta Jacket
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
EMS Gunk Jacket
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia MixMistress Jacket
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
EMS Ascent Dryskin Jacket
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Haglofs Cobra Jacket
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
GoLite Kinetic Jacket/Vest
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cloudveil Ambush Jacket
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Black Ice Jacket
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Apex Bionic Thermal Jacket
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Apex Hooded Infusion Jacket
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Warden Jacket
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Ice Fall Soft Shell
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