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 (1)
The North Face Apex Elevation Jacket reviewed Jul 5, 2018
$199
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Mishmi Takin Cayambe Soft Shell Jacket reviewed Mar 3, 2018
$300 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Mountain Hardwear G50 Jacket reviewed Dec 14, 2017
$175 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dragon Heatwear Wyvern 3 Zone Heated Jacket reviewed Oct 5, 2017
$199 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Rab Vapour-Rise Guide Jacket reviewed Aug 20, 2017
$176
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Mountain Hardwear Dragon Hooded Jacket reviewed Mar 4, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Toad&Co Aerium Shirtjac reviewed Dec 17, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Jacket reviewed Sep 7, 2016
$100 - $199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sherpa Adventure Gear Shishapangma Jacket reviewed Jun 8, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Marmot Leadville Jacket reviewed Mar 30, 2016
$50 - $112
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Bergans Torfinnstind Jacket reviewed Jan 29, 2016
$169 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Fleece Lined Wind Pro Shell reviewed Dec 19, 2015
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hoody reviewed Dec 12, 2015
$52 - $128
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Sweet As Softshell Hoodie reviewed Dec 8, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Android II Jacket reviewed Nov 12, 2015
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Tamagear Saddleback Jacket reviewed Mar 15, 2015
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Canada Goose Trenton Jacket reviewed Mar 10, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Marmot Kingpin Jacket reviewed Feb 15, 2015
$260 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Cloudveil Serendipity Jacket reviewed Feb 7, 2015
$210 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
The North Face Apex Bionic Jacket reviewed Jan 13, 2015
$96 - $149
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Venta MX Hoody reviewed Sep 22, 2014
$450 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Eddie Bauer Propellant Jacket reviewed Sep 9, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Vapor Trail Hoody reviewed May 19, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Alchemy Hooded Jacket reviewed Apr 28, 2014
$139
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rab Scimitar Jacket reviewed Apr 25, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Empire Wool and Canvas Company Arctic Anorak reviewed Mar 21, 2014
$230 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Epsilon LT Jacket reviewed Mar 12, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Outdoor Research Mithril Jacket reviewed May 23, 2016
$215 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Knifeblade Jacket reviewed Feb 1, 2014
 
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
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
$84 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Jacket reviewed Mar 2, 2014
$40 - $109
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Super Hero Jacket reviewed May 24, 2013
$285 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Marmot Zion Jacket reviewed May 23, 2013
$375 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Key Three II Softshell reviewed May 4, 2013
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
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Arc'teryx Epsilon AR Jacket reviewed Jan 29, 2013
$199 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Alibi Jacket reviewed Jan 20, 2013
$260 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Guide Jacket reviewed Jan 15, 2013
$149 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rab Vapour-Rise Lite Jacket reviewed Jan 14, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Mountain Hardwear Brono Jacket reviewed Jan 3, 2013
$225 MSRP
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
$120 - $134
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Montana Mountaineering Summit Jacket reviewed Oct 10, 2012
$150 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Columbia Grade Max Softshell reviewed May 8, 2012
$120 MSRP
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