Soft Shell Jackets

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Brands

EMS
Sherpa Adventure Gear
Columbia
Outdoor Research
Craghoppers
Kamik
Montane
Sierra Designs
Helly Hansen
Marmot

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 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

Marmot Men's Leadville Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars One of the best jackets I have had in the last 60+ years! It was an impulse end of season sale item, that lives up to its advertising. I was fortunate to find it marked down for a quick sale as gear in XXL/tall does not stay on the racks long. It is quite comfortable in the very unseasonable weather we have been having this year. It sheds the wind and rain better than I hoped for. It moves well with me. The only thing I dislike is the logos on the sleeves front/back and etc. It is solid black with… Full review

Top-Rated Soft Shell Jackets

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EMS Microburst Jacket
EMS Microburst Jacket
$35
Sherpa Adventure Gear Kriti Tech Jacket
Sherpa Adventure Gear Kriti Tech Jacket
$35 - $59
Columbia Straight Line Rain Jacket
Columbia Straight Line Rain Jacket
$35
Columbia Trail Twist III Jacket
Columbia Trail Twist III Jacket
$35
Columbia Sweet As Softshell Hoodie
Columbia Sweet As Softshell Hoodie
$39 - $47
Outdoor Research Whirlwind Hoody
Outdoor Research Whirlwind Hoody
$40 - $98
Craghoppers Luka Jacket
Craghoppers Luka Jacket
$41 - $55
Kamik Soft Shell Jacket
Kamik Soft Shell Jacket
$42
Montane Mountain Star
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montane Mountain Star
$42 - $84
Sierra Designs Bullseye Jacket
Sierra Designs Bullseye Jacket
$43
Helly Hansen Softshell Jacket
Helly Hansen Softshell Jacket
$44
Marmot ATV Jacket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot ATV Jacket
$44
Sherpa Adventure Gear Kriti Jacket
Sherpa Adventure Gear Kriti Jacket
$45
Lole Delightful 2 Jacket
Lole Delightful 2 Jacket
$45
Under Armour Coldgear Infrared Softershell
Under Armour Coldgear Infrared Softershell
$45 - $174
Columbia Crystal Crest Softshell
Columbia Crystal Crest Softshell
$50
Sherpa Adventure Gear Padmini Jacket
Sherpa Adventure Gear Padmini Jacket
$50
Columbia Evap-Change Softshell Jacket
Columbia Evap-Change Softshell Jacket
$50 - $99
EMS Confluence Jacket
EMS Confluence Jacket
$50 - $103
Adidas Terrex Swift Softshell
Adidas Terrex Swift Softshell
$54 - $149
The North Face Torpedo Jacket
The North Face Torpedo Jacket
$54 - $99
The North Face Mossbud Softshell
The North Face Mossbud Softshell
$55 - $79
Columbia Sweet As II Softshell Hoodie
Columbia Sweet As II Softshell Hoodie
$55 - $59
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Windshirt
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Windshirt
$55
Marmot Tempo Jacket
Marmot Tempo Jacket
$55 - $100
Columbia Lady Ace Softshell
Columbia Lady Ace Softshell
$55
The North Face Long Distance Jacket
The North Face Long Distance Jacket
$55
Stoic Microlith Softshell Pullover
Stoic Microlith Softshell Pullover
$56
Columbia Winter Wanderlust Soft Shell
Columbia Winter Wanderlust Soft Shell
$56
Burton Process Chill Softshell Jacket
Burton Process Chill Softshell Jacket
$56 - $71
Gore Aie 2.0 Windstopper
Gore Aie 2.0 Windstopper
$56 - $127
Columbia Kruser Ridge Softshell
Columbia Kruser Ridge Softshell
$57 - $64
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Jacket
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Jacket
$57 - $98
Adidas Hiking Softshell Jacket
Adidas Hiking Softshell Jacket
$59 - $119
L.L.Bean Wonderfleece Soft-Shell Jacket
L.L.Bean Wonderfleece Soft-Shell Jacket
$59
EMS Endo Pullover
EMS Endo Pullover
$59 MSRP
The North Face Pumori Wind Jacket
The North Face Pumori Wind Jacket
$59 - $99
Helly Hansen Odin Rapide Softshell
Helly Hansen Odin Rapide Softshell
$60 - $106
Outdoor Research Cirque Jacket
Outdoor Research Cirque Jacket
$60 - $149
Salomon Charvin Softshell Jacket
Salomon Charvin Softshell Jacket
$60
L.L.Bean Relay Full-Zip Jacket
L.L.Bean Relay Full-Zip Jacket
$60
Marmot Stretch Light 1/2 Zip
Marmot Stretch Light 1/2 Zip
$61 - $94
White Sierra South Shore Hooded Softshell
White Sierra South Shore Hooded Softshell
$63 - $76
Rab Boreas Pull-On
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Rab Boreas Pull-On
$64 - $89
Under Armour Pulse Jacket
Under Armour Pulse Jacket
$65
Columbia Smooth Pursuit Softshell
Columbia Smooth Pursuit Softshell
$65 - $92
Mountain Hardwear Offwidth Jacket
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Mountain Hardwear Offwidth Jacket
$65 - $99
Marmot Summerset Jacket
Marmot Summerset Jacket
$65 - $134
Mammut MTR 141 Air Jacket
Mammut MTR 141 Air Jacket
$65 - $80
Marmot Altitude Jacket
Marmot Altitude Jacket
$67 - $103
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