Soft Shell Jackets

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Brands

Arc'teryx
Mountain Hardwear
Outdoor Research
Alpine Design
Jack Wolfskin
TAD
Patagonia
Montane
The North Face
Marmot

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

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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Arc'teryx Venta MX Hoody
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx
Venta MX Hoody
reviewed Sep 22, 2014
$450
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
Outdoor Research Mithril Jacket
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research
Mithril Jacket
reviewed Feb 3, 2014
$110 - $250
 
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
$115 - $165
TAD Stealth Hoodie LT
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
TAD
Stealth Hoodie LT
reviewed Nov 6, 2013
$475 MSRP
Patagonia Alpine Guide Jacket
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia
Alpine Guide Jacket
reviewed Oct 20, 2013
$115 - $229
Patagonia Apastron Hoody
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Patagonia
Apastron Hoody
reviewed Sep 19, 2013
Montane Mountain Star
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montane
Mountain Star
reviewed Aug 21, 2013
$42 - $84
The North Face RDT Softshell Jacket
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face
RDT Softshell Jacket
reviewed Aug 1, 2013
$66 - $89
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Jacket
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research
Ferrosi Jacket
reviewed Mar 2, 2014
$57 - $99
Mountain Hardwear Synchro Jacket
user rating: 4 of 5 (14)
Mountain Hardwear
Synchro Jacket
reviewed Jun 20, 2013
Marmot ROM Jacket
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Marmot
ROM Jacket
reviewed Jun 20, 2013
$92 - $185
Marmot Super Hero Jacket
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Marmot
Super Hero Jacket
reviewed May 24, 2013
$285 MSRP
Marmot Zion Jacket
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Marmot
Zion Jacket
reviewed May 23, 2013
$250 - $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
$77 - $92
Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Jacket
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond
Dawn Patrol Jacket
reviewed Apr 30, 2013
$125 - $298
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 Tempo Windstopper Jacket
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear
Tempo Windstopper Jacket
reviewed Feb 2, 2013
$78
Loki Mountain Hoodie
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Loki
Mountain Hoodie
reviewed Jan 22, 2013
$129
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
$75 - $329
Mountain Hardwear Brono Jacket
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Mountain Hardwear
Brono Jacket
reviewed Jan 3, 2013
$90
Gore Phantom SO Lady Bike Jacket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gore
Phantom SO Lady Bike Jacket
reviewed Dec 28, 2012
Mammut Ultimate Hoody
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mammut
Ultimate Hoody
reviewed Oct 30, 2012
$155 - $280
Montana Mountaineering Summit Jacket
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)

Montana Mountaineering Summit Jacket
reviewed Oct 10, 2012
$150 MSRP
Mountain Hardwear Effusion Hooded Jacket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear
Effusion Hooded Jacket
reviewed Jun 21, 2012
$98 - $174
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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Arc'teryx Gamma MX Jacket
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Arc'teryx
Gamma MX Jacket
reviewed Feb 27, 2012
$220 - $299
Rab Stretch Neo Jacket
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Rab
Stretch Neo Jacket
reviewed Jan 4, 2012
$119 - $259
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot
Threshold Jacket
reviewed Dec 17, 2011
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Rab Boreas Pull-On
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Rab
Boreas Pull-On
reviewed Nov 18, 2011
$60 - $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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Marmot Genesis Jacket
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Marmot
Genesis Jacket
reviewed Oct 12, 2011
$350 MSRP
Mountain Hardwear Maneuver Jacket
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear
Maneuver Jacket
reviewed Sep 27, 2011
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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
 
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
Columbia Wildcard III Softshell
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Columbia
Wildcard III Softshell
reviewed Jan 30, 2011
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Marmot DriClime Stretch Jacket
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Marmot
DriClime Stretch Jacket
reviewed Jan 25, 2011
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Arc'teryx Scorpion Jacket
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx
Scorpion Jacket
reviewed Jan 9, 2011
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Moonstone Nordwand Jacket
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Moonstone
Nordwand Jacket
reviewed Jan 7, 2011
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