Soft Shell Jackets

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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

The North Face Women's Apex Bionic Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I couldn't decide between TNF Apex Bionic Jacket and TNF Denali. I purchased both and the Apex won out hands down. I just bought this jacket at the same time as I purchased the Denali and wore them both intermittently trying to decide which to keep. The Apex won out. The Denali, although quite warm and functional, was bulky in comparison to the mid-layer Apex. I was able to wear both a lightweight Columbia fleece jacket and a base TNF shell underneath to keep me extremely warm. The difference in… Full review

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

Top-Rated Soft Shell Jackets

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Marmot Photon Jacket
$29 - $59
Helly Hansen Softshell Jacket
Craghoppers Luka Jacket
$41 - $69
Stoic Microlith Softshell Pullover
Kamik Soft Shell Jacket
Columbia Lady Ace Softshell
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montane Mountain Star
$42 - $84
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Windshirt
Marmot Ascend Jacket
Lole Delightful 2 Jacket
Red Ledge Gauntlet Jacket
Salomon Junin Jr. Jacket
The North Face Orello Jacket
$49 - $99
The North Face Torpedo Jacket
$49 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
The North Face Apex Bionic Jacket
$49 - $169
Sherpa Adventure Gear Kriti Jacket
Sherpa Adventure Gear Kriti Tech Jacket
Sherpa Adventure Gear Padmini Jacket
Columbia Crystal Crest Softshell
The North Face Nimble Jacket
$50 - $90
EMS Confluence Jacket
$50 - $90
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Helium Hybrid Jacket
$50 - $125
The North Face Mossbud Softshell
686 Plexus Revival Softshell Jacket
Columbia Evap-Change Softshell Jacket
$52 - $79
Outdoor Research Whirlwind Hoody
$53 - $63
Sierra Designs Bullseye Jacket
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Mountain Hardwear Brono Jacket
Marmot Tempo Jacket
$55 - $100
EMS Microburst Jacket
Burton Softshell Hoodie
Burton Process Chill Softshell Jacket
$56 - $71
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Rab Boreas Pull-On
$56 - $89
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rab Vapour-Rise Lite Jacket
$56 - $329
Marmot Stretch Light 1/2 Zip
$56 - $94
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Jacket
$57 - $99
REI Trimont Soft-Shell Jacket
Adidas Hiking Softshell Jacket
$59 - $119
L.L.Bean Wonderfleece Soft-Shell Jacket, Print
L.L.Bean Wonderfleece Soft-Shell Jacket, Plaid
L.L.Bean Wonderfleece Soft-Shell Jacket
EMS Endo Pullover
$59 MSRP
The North Face Thatch Hoodie
The North Face Shellrock Jacket
$59 - $129
Spyder Arc Hoody
Columbia Sweet As II Softshell Hoodie
Marmot Spectrum Jacket
$60 - $90
The North Face Pumori Wind Jacket
$60 - $99
Columbia Prime Peak Softshell Jacket
$60 - $100
EMS Mission Jacket
$60 - $69
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