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Softshell jackets are an attractive alternative to traditional hard shell jackets for aerobic activities like trail running (usually winter and above tree line), Snowshoe training and races, Nordic skiing, ice climbing, and mountaineering. Characteristic of a typical soft shell jacket which makes soft shells suited for intense heat/moisture producing and venting activities:
  • Wind proof, water resistant, breathable for aerobic activities
  • Light weight and compressible for packing
  • Most have a soft lining: brushed fabric or fleece
  • Form fitting and with a waist drawstring
  • Abrasion resistant and stretch fabric for unrestricted reaching during ice climbing or mountaineering
  • More information on layering systems>>

Bottom Line: Softshells provide much of the same weather protection as a traditional hard shell yet allow for moisture transfer during intense activities.  I have used a softshell (Arc'teryx Gamma MX which received the Apex Award for product design) jacket for a couple years for these activities: Nordic and telemark ski training, ice climbing, trail running, mountain biking, hiking and mountaineering.

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686 Vitals Saville Technical Softshell Jacket - Men's

With its purely casual look, youd never guess the 686 Saville Softshell is technical at all. But it is.

Arc'teryx Easyrider Jacket - Men's

The Arcteryx Easyrider Jacket makes ridgetop winds and dropping temps tolerable with high loft, wind-resistant insulation.

Arc'teryx Epsilon AR Softshell Jacket - Men's

Arcteryx made the Epsilon AR Softshell Jacket to provide you with the versatile weather protection needed for fast-paced travel in changing conditions.

Arc'teryx Fury SV Softshell Jacket - Men's

For cold clear days in deep powder, the Arcteryx Mens Fury SV Jacket provides you with mobile stretch and full windproof protection thanks to Gore Windstopper fabric.

Arc'teryx Gamma AR Softshell Jacket - Men's

The Arcteryx Mens Gamma AR Jacket gives you all-around performance for any active pursuit. The stretchy Polartec Power Shield fabric breathes moisture and retains body heat while allowing you to stay ... more info.

Arc'teryx Gamma LT Pullover Softshell Jacket- Men's

Arcteryx uses Fortius stretch-woven nylon to make the Mens Gamma LT Long-Sleeve Pullover Softshell water resistant and highly breathable for aerobic backcountry activities.

Arc'teryx Gamma MX Hooded Jacket - Men's

The Arcteryx Mens Gamma MX Hoody Jacket is a hooded version of the Gamma MX, which received the Apex Award for product design thanks to its signature Arcteryx innovations.

Arc'teryx Gamma MX Jacket - Men's

The Arcteryx Mens Gamma MX Jacket has been recognized by both Climbing Magazine and the Polartec Apex Awards for its amazing versatility.

Arc'teryx Gamma SV Hooded Jacket - Men's

The Arcteryx Mens Gamma SV Jacket wicks moisture with a soft polyester lining while the tough DWR-coated, four-way-stretch Polartec Power Shield exterior battles the outside weather.

Arc'teryx Gamma SV Jacket - Men's

The Arcteryx Mens Gamma SV Jacket uses soft polyester lining to wick moisture while the tough DWR-coated softshell exterior battles the outside weather.

Arc'teryx Griffon Jacket - Men's

The Arcteryx Mens Griffon Jacket combines a soft mid-loft interior with a smooth softshell exterior to provide an excellent combination of warmth, breathability, and weather resistance.

Arc'teryx Hercules Hoody - Men's

The Arcteryx Mens Hercules Jacket uses Polartec Power Shield O2, a material with a high-loft interior and smooth face fabric, to give you excellent insulation, breathability, and weather resistance.

Arc'teryx Matador Softshell Jacket - Men's

Arcteryx brings incredible warmth and breathability to your next backcountry ski trip with the insulated Mens Matador Softshell Jacket.

Arc'teryx Maverick AR Jacket - Men's

Arcteryx gave the Mens Maverick AR Jacket a trim fit for a streamlined look and easy layering with other performance pieces.

Arc'teryx Seeker Comp Softshell Jacket - Men's

Hard shell and softshell materials join forces in the Arcteryx Mens Seeker Comp Softshell Jacket to provide serious backcountry skiing comfort in nearly all conditions.

Arc'teryx Sigma SV Jacket - Men's

The Arcteryx Sigma SV Jacket is one of the toughest softshells on the market.

Arc'teryx Solano Softshell Jacket - Men's

The Arcteryx Mens Solano Softshell Jacket protects you from a howling gale with its nylon face fabric and WindStopper membrane.

Arc'teryx Trident Softshell Jacket - Men's

Arcteryx created the Mens Trident Softshell Jacket for backcountry ski days when youre pushing hard, moving fast, and a regular ski jacket just isnt breathable enough.

Arc'teryx Venta AR Jacket - Men's

Make the Arcteryx Mens Venta AR Jacket your go-to jacket for cold-weather cragging, winter ski tours, or gusty days around town. Thanks to three different kinds of Gore Windstopper fabric, fully ... more info.

Arc'teryx Venta SV Softshell Jacket - Men's

When youre headed into the backcountry to climb an epic granite splitter, to get a fresh shot of fluffy pow, or stab up a fat gnarly ice floe, zip up the Arcteryx Venta SV Jacket for breathable, ... more info. Rime Pullover Jacket - Men's

Don the Rime Softshell Pullover and head out for an autumn trail run or a spring ski tour. With its stretchy, element-shunning Polartec Power Shield material and streamlined design, ... more info. Shift Composite Jacket - Men's

We didnt put the Goat logo on the Mens Shift Composite Softshell Jacket until wed tested the hell out of it and knew wed rely on it for our own backcountry adventures. Shift Softshell Jacket - Limited Edition - Men's

Slightly lighter than its namesake and sporting some sexy new lines, the Mens Limited Edition Shift Softshell Jacket resolves your Im-not-sure-which-jacket-to-take dilemmas. Shift Softshell Jacket - Men's

Whether you love to ski tour, alpine climb, or hike, the Mens Shift Softshell Jacket will quickly become the one of the most versatile pieces in your outerwear arsenal. Shift Welder Hoody - Men's

Less acetylene and oxygen and more non-bulky, lightweight awesomeness, the Mens Shift Welder Hoody spends more time on the mountain and less in the garage.

Burton 3L Sqwawk Softshell Jacket - Men's

The Burton Mens 3L Sqwawk Softshell Jacket doesnt care . Whatever the weather, whatever your riding style, this softshells Gore-Tex fabric will keep you bone-dry and moving freely.

Burton AK Pitch Softshell Jacket - Men's

Burton made the Mens AK Pitch Softshell Jacket with weather-resistant, stretchy, and insanely breathable Polartec Powershield fabric, so you wont be drowning in sweat or shivering your butt off as ... more info.

Burton AK Pitch Softshell Jacket - Men's

Burton made the Mens AK Pitch Softshell Jacket with weather-resistant, stretchy, and insanely breathable Polartec Powershield fabric, so you wont be drowning in sweat or shivering your butt off as ... more info.

Burton Archive Freestyle Shell - Men's

Somehow retro and futuristic at the same time, the waterproof breathable Burton Mens Archive Freestyle Shell will have you dying to say, Beam me up, Scotty.

Burton Hook Softshell Jacket - Men's

The Burton Mens Hook Softshell Jacket offers hard-core weather protection in soft, comfortable package.

Burton Roll Softshell Jacket - Men's

The Burton Mens Roll Softshell Jacket will become your go-to fleece. Polartec Wind Bloc Softshell fabric makes this softshell the perfect outer layer for mild days, or a sleek insulating layer when ... more info.

Carhartt Soft Shell Detroit Jacket - Men's

Carhartt mixes outdoor performance with world-famous construction-site-worthy durability in the Mens Soft Shell Detroit Jacket. Abrasion-resistant nylon keeps the water off.

Cloudveil Headwall Jacket - Men's

When you need one jacket that performs in the backcountry but looks the part at the local mountain watering-hole, stick with the Cloudveil Mens Headwall Jacket. This Windstopper Softshell takes on ... more info.

Cloudveil Inertia Peak Hooded Jacket - Men's

Stretchier and more breathable than most hard shells, the Cloudveil Mens Inertia Hooded Jacket thrives on long spring ski tours, hikes, and climbs in variable conditions.

Cloudveil Rayzar Jacket - Men's

The Cloudveil Mens Rayzar Jacket walks the fine line between storm shell and soft shell to give you protection from everything from summer days above the tree line to spring ski tours.

Cloudveil Serendipity Jacket - Men's

Since 1997 when Cloudveil began the softshell revolution, the Mens Serendipity Jacket has led the pack. This highly breathable and highly water-resistant jacket features Schoeller Nanosphere ... more info.

Cloudveil Serendipity Jacket - Men's

From long, alpine rock routes to spring ski tours, the Cloudveil Mens Serendipity Jacket has been leading the pack since its first inception in 1997. Now built with stretchy, water-resistant ... more info.

Columbia Aristocrat Softshell Jacket - Men's

The textured, heathered appearance of the Columbia Mens Aristocrat Soft Shell Jacket gives it unique style, while the 10K-rated waterproof Omni-Tech laminate helps keep you dry if you wipe out on the ... more info.

Columbia Crag Mountain II Softshell Jacket - Men's

With the Columbia Mens Crag Mountain II Softshell Jacket, you get the waterproof breathable protection of a hardshell with the unrestricting stretch of a softshell.

Columbia Glacier To Glade Softshell Jacket - Men's

The name of the Columbia Glacier to Glade Softshell Jacket says it all. This versatile shell blocks the harshest elements while maintaining warmth on the mountain, then vents when the weather lets up ... more info.

Columbia Ice Ax Soft Shell Jacket - Men's

With Columbias 15K-rated waterproof breathable Omni-Tech Softshell fabric, the Mens Ice Ax Softshell Jacket protects you from Mother Natures nastiness during your mountaineering adventures.

Columbia Mighty High Soft Shell Jacket - Men's

Columbia designed the Mens Mighty High Soft Shell Jacket with four-way stretch panels and articulated elbows to provide completely uninhibited movement as you ski.

Columbia Multi Pitch Shell - Men's

When a mountain tempest threatens your big attempt, zip up the Columbia Mens Multi Pitch Shell Jacket and prepare to brave the worst. This waterproof shell jacket features four-way stretch to keep ... more info.

Columbia Shelby's Softshell Jacket - Men's

The stretchy woven fabric of the Columbia Mens Shelbys Softshell Jacket flexes and adapts to your every move, giving you freedom and mobility as you hike, cross country ski, snowshoe, or practice ... more info.

Columbia Silver Bowl Softshell Jacket - Men's

Whats not cool is to have a wind- and water-resistant softshell that looks like a tent. Columbia knows, and it made the Mens Silver Bowl Softshell Jacket with a close-to-the-body, active fit.

Columbia Single Track Softshell Jacket - Men's

The cross-country ski trails are covered with snow, so put on the Columbia Mens Single Track Softshell Jacket and get kickin.

Columbia Snowline Softshell Jacket - Men's

Snowshoeing and cross country skiing can be hot and stuffy experiences in a hardshell, which is why Columbia made the Mens Snowline Softshell Jacket with a breathable, stretchy softshell fabric.

Columbia Waypoint Softshell Jacket - Men's

Your other jackets will start gathering dust once you pull on the Columbia Mens Waypoint Softshell Jacket. This versatile layer features light weather protection and warmth thats ideal for everything ... more info.

Columbia Wildcard II Softshell Jacket - Men's

Columbia added Microtemp XF II insulation to the Mens Wildcard II Softshell Jacket, so you stay warmer when youre slashing pow runs, summiting peaks, and hiking in the winter.

Columbia Wildcard Softshell Jacket - Men's

Wear the Mens Wildcard Softshell Jacket to move light and fast in unpredictable weather.

Foursquare Soft Shell Jacket - Men's

The Foursquare Mens Soft Shell Jacket repels wind and light snow with a comfortable, versatile outer layer for spring days in the terrain park.

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