Make shopping for your next lightweight jacket easy with expert advice from Backpacker Magazine's soft-shell jacket gear reviews.
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Stay warm and cozy with the season's best softshell jackets.
Women's pick for a shell from the Fall/Winter 2018 Gear Guide.
Toughest softshell from the Fall/Winter 2018 Gear Guide.
Warmest 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.
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.