Soft Shell Jackets

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Brands

Mountain Hardwear
Rab
Alpine Design
Jack Wolfskin
Haglofs
TAD
Patagonia
Outdoor Research
Marmot
Eddie Bauer

Genders

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

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Soft Shell Jacket Reviews

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 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

Marmot Men's Gravity Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Best jacket EVER. I've owned mine for 3-4 years now and have used both in the U.S. and abroad. Lightweight, easy to pack and wear, this jacket is perfect. Stops wind and water and with the pit zips, the jacket breathes when you need it to. Full review

Arc'teryx Men's Epsilon LT Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great all around jacket. Great all around jacket. It's not very thick but still keeps you warmer than you would think. I've had it on in the mid to high 40s and been fine. It also breathes well and with the DWR finish a little mist or drizzle doesn't bother it. I got mine in black and it's a great looking jacket. You can dress it up with a collared shit or, down with a tee shirt and still looks good. My one complaint is the the wrist cuffs are a little small, which can make it a hassle taking off… Full review

Outdoor Research Women's Ferrosi Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The perfect addition to any outdoor excursion! I wear the OR Ferrosi soft shell in every season! It's the perfect outer layer in the summer when I need something breathable, soft on my skin when worn over a t-shirt, and warm enough to allow me to rest and soak in the view atop a chilly summit. In cooler temperatures, it's a welcome addition to any layering system. I often wear it beneath the OR Aria Vest and on especially cold days, pile on a hard shell over both. I love the Ferrosi material—… Full review

Outdoor Research Women's Mithril Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars This is an awesome soft shell for winter activities. If it were not for this jacket, I would be stuck inside during this very cold—and extremely windy—winter season. I've been using it for snowshoeing on the prairie and it hasn't even come close to letting me down. Before I reviewed this jacket, I wanted to try it out in various conditions, temps, and moods, to make a good assessment. I have been using and will use this jacket in the winter as an outer shell for snowshoeing, so I am basing my… Full review

Top-Rated Soft Shell Jackets

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Mountain Hardwear Alchemy Hooded Jacket
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear
Alchemy Hooded Jacket
reviewed Apr 28, 2014
$395
available Fall 2014
Rab Scimitar Jacket
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rab
Scimitar Jacket
reviewed Apr 25, 2014
$90 - $116
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Alpine Design
RN 44741
reviewed Jan 20, 2014
Jack Wolfskin Traverse Jacket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Jack Wolfskin
Traverse Jacket
reviewed Jan 9, 2014
Mountain Hardwear Principia Softshell Jacket
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear
Principia Softshell Jacket
reviewed Dec 6, 2013
$91 - $165
Haglofs Massif Jacket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Haglofs
Massif Jacket
reviewed Nov 14, 2013
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TAD Stealth Hoodie LT
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
TAD
Stealth Hoodie LT
reviewed Nov 6, 2013
$475 MSRP
Patagonia Apastron Hoody
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Patagonia
Apastron Hoody
reviewed Sep 19, 2013
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Jacket
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research
Ferrosi Jacket
reviewed Mar 2, 2014
$57 - $99
Marmot Zion Jacket
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Marmot
Zion Jacket
reviewed May 23, 2013
$192 - $385
Eddie Bauer First Ascent Sandstone Soft Shell Jacket
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Eddie Bauer
First Ascent Sandstone Soft Shell Jacket
reviewed May 14, 2013
$90 MSRP
Marmot Kingpin Jacket
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Marmot
Kingpin Jacket
reviewed May 12, 2013
$260 MSRP
Columbia Key Three II Softshell
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Columbia
Key Three II Softshell
reviewed May 4, 2013
$63 - $92
Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Jacket
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond
Dawn Patrol Jacket
reviewed Apr 30, 2013
$100 - $156
GoLite Granite Creek Trinity Bonded Softshell Jacket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
GoLite
Granite Creek Trinity Bonded Softshell Jacket
reviewed Feb 21, 2013
Sierra Designs Omni Jacket
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Sierra Designs
Omni Jacket
reviewed Feb 21, 2013
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Mountain Hardwear Alchemy Jacket
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Mountain Hardwear
Alchemy Jacket
reviewed Jan 29, 2013
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Outdoor Research Alibi Jacket
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research
Alibi Jacket
reviewed Jan 20, 2013
$130 - $174
Rab Vapour-Rise Lite Jacket
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rab
Vapour-Rise Lite Jacket
reviewed Jan 14, 2013
$104 - $159
Mountain Hardwear Brono Jacket
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Mountain Hardwear
Brono Jacket
reviewed Jan 3, 2013
$225 MSRP
Gore Phantom SO Lady Bike Jacket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gore
Phantom SO Lady Bike Jacket
reviewed Dec 28, 2012
Montana Mountaineering Summit Jacket
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)

Montana Mountaineering Summit Jacket
reviewed Oct 10, 2012
$150 MSRP
Cloudveil RPK Jacket
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Cloudveil
RPK Jacket
reviewed Oct 8, 2012
$400 MSRP
Mountain Hardwear Effusion Hooded Jacket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear
Effusion Hooded Jacket
reviewed Jun 21, 2012
$84 - $249
Columbia Grade Max Softshell
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Columbia
Grade Max Softshell
reviewed May 8, 2012
$120 MSRP
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Haglofs
Jaw Jacket
reviewed Apr 26, 2012
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Eddie Bauer First Ascent 18K Jacket
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Eddie Bauer
First Ascent 18K Jacket
reviewed Apr 6, 2012
$249 MSRP
Mountain Hardwear Dragon Jacket
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Mountain Hardwear
Dragon Jacket
reviewed Feb 27, 2012
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Marmot Newton Jacket
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot
Newton Jacket
reviewed Jan 17, 2012
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Rab Stretch Neo Jacket
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Rab
Stretch Neo Jacket
reviewed Jan 4, 2012
$219 - $279
Rab Boreas Pull-On
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Rab
Boreas Pull-On
reviewed Nov 18, 2011
$52 - $89
The North Face Apex McKinley Jacket
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face
Apex McKinley Jacket
reviewed Nov 3, 2011
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Loki Mountain Hoodie
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Loki
Mountain Hoodie
reviewed Jan 22, 2013
Mountain Hardwear Maneuver Jacket
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear
Maneuver Jacket
reviewed Sep 27, 2011
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
TAD
Stealth Hoodie
reviewed Jul 29, 2011
Arc'teryx Firee Jacket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx
Firee Jacket
reviewed Mar 15, 2011
$375 MSRP
 
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Avalanche Wear
Aegis Hooded Soft Shell
reviewed Feb 14, 2011
$110 MSRP
The North Face Cipher Windstopper Jacket
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face
Cipher Windstopper Jacket
reviewed Feb 13, 2011
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)

Sunice Silverton 3 layer stretch soft shell jacket
reviewed Jan 31, 2011
Columbia Phurtec Softshell
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia
Phurtec Softshell
reviewed Jan 31, 2011
$72
Columbia Wildcard III Softshell
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Columbia
Wildcard III Softshell
reviewed Jan 30, 2011
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Arc'teryx Scorpion Jacket
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx
Scorpion Jacket
reviewed Jan 9, 2011
discontinued
Moonstone Nordwand Jacket
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Moonstone
Nordwand Jacket
reviewed Jan 7, 2011
discontinued
Beyond Clothing Cold Fusion X Jacket
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (5)
Beyond Clothing
Cold Fusion X Jacket
reviewed Dec 26, 2010
$239 MSRP
Rab Alpine Pull-On
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Rab
Alpine Pull-On
reviewed Nov 19, 2010
discontinued
Marmot Storm King Jacket
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot
Storm King Jacket
reviewed Nov 17, 2010
discontinued
The North Face Apex Zip Shirt
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
The North Face
Apex Zip Shirt
reviewed Oct 23, 2010
discontinued
Outdoor Research Mithril Jacket
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research
Mithril Jacket
reviewed Feb 3, 2014
$110 - $249
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mammut
Extreme Ultimate WS Jacket
reviewed Jun 15, 2010
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Mammut Ultimate Hoody
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mammut
Ultimate Hoody
reviewed Oct 30, 2012
$112 - $280
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