Make shopping for your next lightweight jacket easy with expert advice from Backpacker Magazine's soft-shell jacket gear reviews.
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.
This tough, breathable softshell will carry you from summer alpine hikes to winter ski tours.
You won’t find more comfortable protection for 4 ounces than this ultralight women's windshell.
A fleecy pattern on the inside gives this lightweight softshell a supple feel.
Superior weatherproofing and durability boost the all-purpose performance of this hybrid jacket.
This softshell's rugged construction makes it tough enough for years of fierce weather.
This softshell provides waterproof protection that won’t soak you in sweat.
This airy, breathable softshell keeps pace with high-intensity workouts.
Meet the most comfortable jacket of the year. Period.
This warm, ultralight softshell wicks sweat and repels wind during race-pace efforts.
This breathable, lightweight softshell is ideal for big climbs.
This versatile softshell is optimized for ice climbing, but adaptable to most cold-weather adventures.
This jacket is a fleece, but warmer. It’s a softshell, but more breathable. It’s one of the most versatile midlayers we’ve ever tested.
This softshell is good for hiking, biking, running, and climbing, and even works as a midlayer.
This rain gear gives you the soft, stretchy feel of a softshell with the rain protection of a hardshell.
This stretchy, minimalist softshell is ultracomfortable for all-day wear and allows for unrestricted motion.
A high protection-to-weight ratio makes this softshell hoodie a no-brainer for windy trail runs and fast-and-light summit pushes.
Backpackers who are willing to pay more for added features will find a lot to like in this softshell.