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Softshell Jackets

Mammut Aenergy Jacket

75

2014

Mammut Aenergy Jacket

The Mammut Aenergy is a trim, lightly insulated aerobic softshell with front-side wind-resistant facing. 

Ibex Breakaway II Jacket

80

2014

Ibex Breakaway II Jacket

The Ibex Breakaway II is a stretch-woven nylon/wool softshell jacket.

Helly Hansen Racing Light Jacket

79

2014

Helly Hansen Racing Light Jacket

The Helly Hansen Racing Light is a high-end weather-resistant training jacket featuring unique zippered core vents and subtle back-side reflective accents.

Helly Hansen Challenger Jacket

74

2014

Helly Hansen Challenger Jacket

The Helly Hansen Challenger is a lightweight aerobic training jacket with highly wind-resistant paneling and lots of reflective piping.

Adidas Terrex Swift Mountain Summer Jacket

84

2014

Adidas Terrex Swift Mountain Summer Jacket

The Adidias Terrex Swift Mountain Summer is a summer-weight softshell hoody designed for high-output use while wearing a helmet and harness.

Stio Vescent Jacket

88

2014

Stio Vescent Jacket

The Stio Vescent Jacket is a mid-weight hooded softshell jacket for general mountain use.

Outdoor Research Enchainment Jacket

74

2014

Outdoor Research Enchainment Jacket

The Outdoor Research Enchainment Jacket is a thin, low-stretch softshell jacket built for high-energy alpine pursuits.

Millet Roc+Ice WDS Jacket

87

2014

Millet Roc+Ice WDS Jacket

The Millet Roc+Ice WDS Jacket is a stretchy technical softshell built with Gore Windstopper X-Fast fabric and designed for use under a backpack.

Millet Matterhorn Shield Jacket

82

2014

Millet Matterhorn Shield Jacket

The Millet Matterhorn Shield Jacket is a windproof, stretch softshell jacket for general mountain use.

Mammut Ultimate Hoody

79

2014

Mammut Ultimate Hoody

The Mammut Ultimate Hoody is a fully windproof hooded jacket featuring unique super-long pitzips that completely separate at the hem.

La Sportiva Adjuster Jacket

82

2014

La Sportiva Adjuster Jacket

The La Sportiva Adjuster Jacket is a ski-focused softshell hoody with frontside windproofing and a light fleece lining.

Icebreaker Stealth Hood

75

2014

Icebreaker Stealth Hood

The Icebreaker Stealth Hood is a hooded, windproof polyester softshell with merino wool lining for casual outdoor use.

Bergans of Norway Stryn Softshell

86

2014

Bergans of Norway Stryn Softshell

The Bergans of Norway Stryn is a mid-weight softshell hoody developed for mountaineering, featuring highly weather-resistant face-fabric and light fleece insulation.

Patagonia Traverse Jacket

82

2014

Patagonia Traverse Jacket

A stretchy, highly breathable softshell jacket designed for trailrunners who need a little wet-weather protection.

Scott Muir Jacket

82

2014

Scott Muir Jacket

A hooded hybrid softshell built with lightweight stretchy poly in the body and 3-layer waterproof swatches in high-wear areas.

Columbia Triteca Jacket

75

2013

Columbia Triteca Jacket

A windproof, hooded softshell featuring specialized proprietary fabrics for enhanced moisture-wicking and low-bulk warmth.

Rab Baltoro Guide Jacket

90

2013

Rab Baltoro Guide Jacket

A winter-weight softshell designed to move easily and take lots of abuse, the Baltoro Guide is built with two different weights of fleece-backed Polartec PowerShield.

Mountain Hardwear Effusion Power ½ Zip

81

2013

Mountain Hardwear Effusion Power ½ Zip

A close-fitting running pullover that combines windproof panels with highly breathable stretch panels for enhanced wicking and ventilation

Stio Hardscrabble Jacket

83

2013

Stio Hardscrabble Jacket

A classic winter work-jacket built with modern technical materials for cold days around town or springtime turns at the local ski hill.

Icebreaker Blast Jacket

69

2013

Icebreaker Blast Jacket

A hybrid jacket that combines Merino wool stretch fabric with a windproof polyester softshell textile; designed for cold weather running or cycling.

Outdoor Research Ferrosi Jacket

80

2012

Outdoor Research Ferrosi Jacket

A featherweight softshell designed to be a packable wind- and abrasion-resistant layer for warm weather mountain recreation.

The North Face Apex Elixir Hoody

73

2012

The North Face Apex Elixir Hoody

A lightweight softshell jacket built with a blend of nylon, polyester and spandex fibers for superior moisture movement during aerobic activities in cool weather.

Eddie Bauer First Ascent 18k Jacket

82

2012

Eddie Bauer First Ascent 18k Jacket

A hooded “thermal softshell” that works both as a standalone weather-resistant jacket and as an insulating, moisture-wicking layer under a hardshell.

Patagonia Simple Guide Hoody

84

2012

Patagonia Simple Guide Hoody

A hooded mid-weight softshell made from stretch-woven recycled polyester fabric.

Arcteryx Venta SV Jacket

93

2012

Arcteryx Venta SV Jacket

The Arcteryx Venta SV is a windproof, lightly insulated hooded soft-shell designed for alpine and expedition climbing use. It has many similarities to a hard-shell—low-stretch fabrics, full pit-zips, an adjustable helmet-compatible hood—but is not fully waterproof.