Soft Shell Jackets

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Brands

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

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: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Venta MX Hoody reviewed Sep 22, 2014
$450
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Helium Hybrid Jacket reviewed Aug 14, 2014
$74 - $125
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Vapor Trail Hoody reviewed May 19, 2014
$89 - $149
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Alchemy Hooded Jacket reviewed Apr 28, 2014
$230 - $395
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Mithril Jacket reviewed Feb 3, 2014
$135 - $250
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Alpine Design RN 44741 reviewed Jan 20, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Jack Wolfskin Traverse Jacket reviewed Jan 9, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
TAD Stealth Hoodie LT reviewed Nov 6, 2013
$475 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Alpine Guide Jacket reviewed Oct 20, 2013
$137 - $229
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Patagonia Apastron Hoody reviewed Sep 19, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montane Mountain Star reviewed Aug 21, 2013
$42 - $84
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face RDT Softshell Jacket reviewed Aug 1, 2013
$80 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Jacket reviewed Mar 2, 2014
$57 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Marmot Zion Jacket reviewed May 23, 2013
$250 - $385
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Eddie Bauer First Ascent Sandstone Soft Shell Jacket reviewed May 14, 2013
$90 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Marmot Kingpin Jacket reviewed May 12, 2013
$260 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Key Three II Softshell reviewed May 4, 2013
$93
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Jacket reviewed Apr 30, 2013
$249 - $298
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
GoLite Granite Creek Trinity Bonded Softshell Jacket reviewed Feb 21, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Sierra Designs Omni Jacket reviewed Feb 21, 2013
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rab Vapour-Rise Lite Jacket reviewed Jan 14, 2013
$72 - $329
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Mountain Hardwear Brono Jacket reviewed Jan 3, 2013
$55
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gore Phantom SO Lady Bike Jacket reviewed Dec 28, 2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mammut Ultimate Hoody reviewed Oct 30, 2012
$140 - $280
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Montana Mountaineering Summit Jacket reviewed Oct 10, 2012
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI Aegis Jacket reviewed Jul 17, 2012
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Effusion Hooded Jacket reviewed Jun 21, 2012
$100 - $174
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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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Mountain Hardwear Dragon Jacket reviewed Feb 27, 2012
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Rab Stretch Neo Jacket reviewed Jan 4, 2012
$200 - $238
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Rab Boreas Pull-On reviewed Nov 18, 2011
$80 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Apex McKinley Jacket reviewed Nov 3, 2011
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user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Marmot Genesis Jacket reviewed Oct 12, 2011
$350 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Vortec Jacket reviewed Oct 11, 2011
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Loki Mountain Hoodie reviewed Jan 22, 2013
$129
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
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
REI One Jacket reviewed Mar 15, 2011
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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
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Wildcard III Softshell reviewed Jan 30, 2011
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user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Scorpion Jacket reviewed Jan 9, 2011
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user rating: 2.5 of 5 (5)
Beyond Clothing Cold Fusion X Jacket reviewed Dec 26, 2010
$239 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Rab Alpine Pull-On reviewed Nov 19, 2010
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Storm King Jacket reviewed Nov 17, 2010
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Extreme Ultimate WS Jacket reviewed Jun 15, 2010
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user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Patagonia Talus Jacket reviewed Apr 11, 2010
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Pulse Jacket reviewed Feb 24, 2010
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