Men's Softshell Jackets

Softshell jackets give you a reliable, multi-functional outerwear solution for all-round adventures. They can be worn alone or under another hard-shell outer jacket, giving you total flexibility depending on the environment you are exploring, the weather conditions you are exposed to, and the activities you are pursuing. Our high-quality range is purpose-made to perform so you can focus on the task at hand.

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What are the most popular men's softshell jackets?

Softshell jackets are perhaps the most versatile type of jacket available, designed to be worn year-round as a mid-layer in poor weather or as an outer-layer in moderate, less severe conditions. They provide a balance of warmth, comfort, protection and breathability, making them popular for a bunch of end uses such as hiking, climbing, skiing or just everyday wear.

What activities are softshell jackets best for?

Softshell jackets are the all-rounder in the jacket category, providing functional benefits that make them suitable for a host of outdoor activities any time of the year. Their high level of breathability makes them a great choice for active pursuits, such as hiking, trail running and backcountry skiing, while the stretchiness of the outer fabric enhances the ease of movement required for climbing. You could also use them as a winter jacket when travelling, backpacking or just as everyday wear thanks to the overall warmth and comfort they offer.

Can you wear softshell jackets skiing?

Softshell jackets provide effective protection from cold, wind and snow through their windproof membrane and Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish, meaning you can wear them on easy-going snow adventures. However, if you are ramping up the intensity of your skiing or snowboarding, you are better off grabbing a snow jacket that is more technical in design and offers a higher level of insulation.

What softshell jackets are good for winter?

A technical softshell jacket with a windproof membrane and Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish is an excellent winter jacket option, offering all-day comfort when the chill of the cooler months picks up. A hooded style will give you extra warmth around your head and ears, while fit adjustments in the hem and sleeves help trap body heat within. When the mercury really drops, pair your softshell jacket with an insulated snow jacket or rain jacket depending on your adventure.

Are softshell jackets water-resistant?

The softshell jackets in our men's range provide a reliable level of waterproof protection so you can get outside even when it's raining. They have a TPU membrane and Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish to keep water on the outside and your body dry on the inside. This level of rain protection is what sets our softshell styles apart from standard windbreakers, which are usually just water resistant.

Which men's softshell jackets are breathable?

One of the most beneficial features of softshell jackets is the breathability of the soft, stretchy body material. This allows the jacket to transfer body heat and sweat to the outer surface, keeping your skin more dry and comfortable on the inside when you start to perspire from movement. For that reason softshell jackets are a favourable choice for aerobic activities like hiking, running and skiing, and dynamic pursuits such as climbing.

What is the difference between a softshell and hard-shell jacket?

The main difference between a softshell jacket and a hard-shell jacket is the hand-feel of the outer body material and the layering level at which it should be used. A softshell jacket is constructed using a soft, flexible fabric, typically a stretch-woven polyester or nylon and elastane, which provides comfort and breathability. It can be worn as an outer layer in moderate weather and as a mid-layer when conditions get hairy. A hard-shell jacket, like a rain jacket for example, forgoes insulation and soft-feel for improved protection and weight savings, which makes it suitable as an outer layer only. Even a snow jacket with its more technical design is only ever going to be worn as a shell.

What colours and sizes are men's softshell jackets available in?

Our range of men's softshell jackets come in black and navy, in sizes ranging from Extra Small to 3XL. Wherever your outdoor adventure takes you, Mountain Designs has a softshell jacket to help get you there.

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