Softshell Jackets: Versatile layering
When it’s cold, a softshell makes a good mid-layer; possibly under a hardshell or down jacket. When it’s a little cool, wear it as a top layer over a shirt. The versatility of a softshell jacket is unbeatable: it’s an every-season piece that can be worn for a variety of outdoor sports. This cuddly all-rounder comes in many different versions, but there’s only one thing a softshell jacket has never been: entirely waterproof. Depending on its intended use, it should be windproof, breathable or water-repellent. Combining all these top functions in one softshell is a challenge for many manufacturers and ultimately comes down to a question of price.