Make shopping for your next lightweight jacket easy with expert advice from Backpacker Magazine's soft-shell jacket gear reviews.
Best shell makeover
Most breathable shell
Save big on this light-yet-mighty windbreaker.
Spend less, hike more with a system that prioritizes affordability and durability.
Best value softshell
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Stay warm and cozy with the season's best softshell jackets.
Toughest softshell from the Fall/Winter 2018 Gear Guide.
Warmest shell from the Fall/Winter 2018 Gear Guide.
Women's pick for a shell from the Fall/Winter 2018 Gear Guide.
With a perfect mix of breathability and protection, these shells are reliable trail buddies.
Stay drier, longer in this highly protective shell.
This versatile hybrid is airier than most softshells.
Fight the chills in this warmer-than-it-looks softie.
Get solid winter protection at a great price.
In cool conditions, ditch separate insulation and windshell pieces in favor of this light and warm softshell.