Soft Shell Jackets

Recent Soft Shell Jacket Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Mountain Equipment Men's Echo Hooded Jacket

The Mountain Equipment Echo is an unlined soft shell jacket designed for active pursuits with specific designs for the climber, including articulated arms, a drop hem, helmet-compatible hood, and dual toggle hem. I have found this jacket highly useful for ranges far out of its intended uses—as a protective layer against the sun, a mid-layer in cold winter temps and, of course, as an outer layer in cool temps, especially against wind and abrasion. I have been testing the Mountain Equipment Echo… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Arc'teryx Men's Gamma SV Jacket

Super comfortable. It's still my go-to fleece for park walks and even to the (relaxed dress) office. The fabric has begun pilling around the cuffs and collar. The hem and front has slight abrasion marks. If heading into the elements this is still my most reliable piece. Zips and fastenings all immaculate. Tough? I bought mine for around in 1999 :-) It's likely my most worn item of clothing. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
The North Face Men's Apex Elevation Jacket

Good fall winter jacket. Excellent wind proofing. This jacket has good technical features.  It performs very well in fall and early winter conditions.  The hood is large enough to accommodate a helmet, but needs a volume adjustment.  The arm length was 2" longer than I needed but the velcro cuff work well.  The rain I experienced did not stay out after 20 minutes. The jacket shed snow very well. Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Mishmi Takin Cayambe Soft Shell Jacket

A well made technical waterproof jacket with a fleece lining suitable for a wide range of outdoor activities. All seams are taped and Aquaguard zippers are used throughout. The Mishmi Takin Cayambe Soft Shell packs a lot of features into a compact jacket. Featuring a three-layer waterproof fabric with a rating of 10,000mm (moderate to heavy rain) this jacket can handle some heavy wet weather. Fully taped seams in a contrasting color add to the waterproof exterior while adding some style. Aquaguard… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Arc'teryx Men's Epsilon LT Hoody

My favorite jacket. Ever. So I can see why people have a difficult time figuring out what this jacket excels at. I have two, an XL that I have worn pretty much every day (except in the summer) for the past five years. I use it primarily as a one-tool option softshell/ hardfleece. This year I got a size Large to use for layering and couldn't be happier. So it's not as soft or insulated as the Gamma MX and not as stretchy as the Gamma LT. It's also a little more than half the price of the Gamma MX. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Mountain Hardwear G50 Jacket

Very nice jacket. Well made and fits right. I'm 6' and 235 lbs and XL fits me well. I really like this jacket. Incredibly sharp looking and well constructed. I listed the higher hand pockets as both a pro and a con. They are designed perfectly when wearing a backpack as they stay above the hip-belt and remain accessible. On the other hand, they look a little odd and not placed well for the hands in average everyday use. So, take that how you will. They are designed with a function in mind and work… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Dragon Heatwear Wyvern 3 Zone Heated Jacket

Love the feel of the jacket. The battery lasts a good amount of time and definitely keeps me warm. I definitely recommend it. If you get cold, this heated jacket is a good one to get. Fit is good. Definitely check the sizing guide before buying. I got it right from their store. And they shipped pretty quickly. Got it in four days.  It can be a bit tight around the waist at times. Has adjustable velcro cuffs which is nice.  It is wind and water resistant. Holds up well in the rain.  It definitely… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Rab Men's Vapour-Rise Guide Jacket

If you need a winter soft-shell and weight isn't an issue, this is the one. Purchased my first one last Autumn (2016) in size XL and in the striking Red colour. Rab states this jacket is a "Regular fit." I ordered my usual XL size, which for me (who's of rugby player build) is a tad long over my arms and a bit snug around my bulky torso. However. The jacket's length does give some additional protection below the waist and means that it won't ride up as easily when i'm reaching up or stretching. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Outdoor Research Men's Whirlwind Hoody

If a softshell and wind jacket mated this would be their offspring—a well-constructed piece that excels in certain conditions. I'd been looking for an in-between piece that would cut the chill from the wind but still have some breathability on the trail when a fleece would be overkill. As an Outdoor Research fan I jumped at the Whirlwind Hoody when it was offered on their site for 50% off despite not seeing a lot of info on it. Big score. It's usually the first thing I pull from my pack and I… Full review

user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
TAD Stealth Hoodie LT
$475 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Venta MX Hoody
$450 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Cloudveil RPK Jacket
$400 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Venta SV Jacket
$399 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Alchemy Hooded Jacket
$139
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Firee Jacket
$375 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Marmot Zion Jacket
$375 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Marmot Genesis Jacket
$350 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Arc'teryx Gamma MX Hoody
$200 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
66°North Glymur Softshell
$336 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Mishmi Takin Cayambe Soft Shell Jacket
$300 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Marmot Adamant Jacket
$300 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Winter Sun Jacket
$299 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Arc'teryx Gamma MX Jacket
$210 - $299
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Super Hero Jacket
$285 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Skyward Jacket Snowsport Jacket / Soft Shell
$154 - $280
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mammut Ultimate Hoody
$120 - $134
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Motto Jacket
$275 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Marmot Kingpin Jacket
$260 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Alibi Jacket
$260 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Gamma AR Jacket
$259 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Marmot Sharp Point Jacket
$250 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Eddie Bauer First Ascent 18K Jacket
$249 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Eddie Bauer First Ascent Frontpoint Jacket
$249 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Jacket
$100 - $199
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (5)
Beyond Clothing Cold Fusion X Jacket
$239 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Empire Wool and Canvas Company Arctic Anorak
$230 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Apex Thermal Jacket
$229 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mammut Ultimate Pro Jacket
$229 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Mountain Hardwear Brono Jacket
$225 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Epsilon SV Hoody
$225 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Patagonia Ascensionist Soft Shell Jacket
$225 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Gamma LT Jacket
$225
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Beyond Clothing Cold Play X Jacket
$219 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Outdoor Research Mithril Jacket
$114
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Cloudveil Serendipity Jacket
$210 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Effusion Hooded Jacket
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
GoLite Neve Jacket
$200 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Arc'teryx Epsilon AR Jacket
$199 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dragon Heatwear Wyvern 3 Zone Heated Jacket
$199 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face Apex Elevation Jacket
$110 - $199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Backcountry.com Shift Softshell Jacket
$199 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Marmot ROM Jacket
$65 - $190
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Montane Extreme Smock
$180
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Patagonia Slingshot Jacket
$180 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Rab Vapour-Rise Guide Jacket
$176
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Mountain Hardwear G50 Jacket
$175 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Bergans Torfinnstind Jacket
$169 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Apex McKinley Jacket
$165 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Furlong Jacket
$160 MSRP
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