Outdoor enthusiasts are ultimately looking for clothing that is comfortable, flexible, warm and dry. Softshells easily meet these criteria. They are pleasant and snug to wear and offer better wind- and water-resistance than their fleece counterparts. Furthermore they are far superior to the basic waterproof 'hardshell' jacket in terms of being breathable, warmer and less 'stiff'.
Softshell are so effective because they are manufactured with a bonded fabric weave that traps a layer of air thus providing insulation. They also have an active cut making them ideal for scrambling and moving about. The jackets are particularly suitable for mountaineering, skiing and climbing in cold weather conditions.
Softshells can be found in a range of styles, colours, sizes and fabric combinations and are designed with separate cuts for men and women. For those that like to carry lots of possessions safely and with accessibility, jackets are available with numerous inner pouches, pockets and zipped compartments. Some styles are adjustable at the hem and have toggles. Predominant fabrics of softshells are polyester and polyester micro polar fleece; these sturdy synthetic materials are easy to wash and maintain.
Ladies softshell jackets have all the same benefits, also offering a range of colours and sizes, but are lighter in weight and have an elegant feminine cut. Not many jackets look so smart while ticking all the boxes on a practical level.