A softshell jacket should be a staple in any outdoor enthusiast’s wardrobe. For mountaineers, ski tourers, and even cyclists, softshells make an optimal layering piece for high-output aerobic activities in a variety of weather conditions. On cool, dry days, they make a great stand-alone layer, but when the rains are pouring, you’ll want to pair your softshell with a waterproof hardshell. However you decide to wear your softshell jacket, they are exceptionally breathable, manoeuvrable, and comfortable.
Below are our top picks for softshell for ladies who are looking to grow their collection or just add a little tech to their outdoor wardrobe.
Norrøna Falketind flex1 Jacket
The Falketind flex1 is the lightest and most breathable in Norrøna’s fleet of women’s jackets. It’s made from flex1 fabric, which is both lightweight and quick-drying, helping you remain comfortable. Underarm vents enhance air flow and keep your body temperature regulated even during high-output activities.
Arc’teryx Gamma MX Hoody
Layer up for your outdoor pursuits in the lightly insulated Gamma MX hoody. A tough, wind-resistant outer face keeps you protected from the wind and light rain while a light inner fleece on the interior provides warmth and comfort. The Gamma MX hoody is a part of the Arc’teryx Gamma series, which is a stretchy collection of softshell outerwear products. These pieces are ideal for mixed weather conditions and are a must-have for outdoor enthusiasts.
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hooded Jacket
The Ferrosi hooded jacket is an Outdoor Research favourite, which has been made even better by updated discrete features including thumb loops. This rugged and highly breathable jacket is made with a mix of materials to enhance performance and comfort. Cordura makes up the shoulders and forearms, and Ferrosi fabric makes up the rest of the body to block chilly winds and light rain. Built-in Movement-Mirroring Stretch will keep you protected without restricting movements, making the Ferrosi an ideal companion for a day at the crag.
Mountain Hardwear Super Chockstone™ Hooded Jacket
If you’re a hiker, climber, or scrambler looking for reliability, look no further than the Super Chockstone™ hooded jacket. This highly-technical, wind-resistant softshell jacket is durable enough for even the toughest pursuits. The active fit is designed to enhance mobility while still allowing layers underneath. If you’re venturing out to exposed faces but forget sunscreen, don’t sweat it. This jacket is certified UPF 50, so you can enjoy your activities while staying protected from harmful UV rays.
The North Face Apex Byder Softshell
The Apex Byder softshell is must-have for any outdoor enthusiast looking to update their wardrobe and add to their layering pieces. This wind-resistant, stretch-woven softshell jacket boasts an active fit and versatile performance suitable for numerous outdoor pursuits. Enjoy views atop exposed mountain peaks in comfort during cool, windy conditions or even light rain.
Norrøna Falketind Windstopper hybrid Jacket
If you’ve read our “What is a Softshell?” blog post, you are well aware that there is not one sole type of softshell, but three main types; lightweight stretch-woven softshells, laminated softshells and hybrid softshells. The Falketind Windstopper hybrid jacket falls into the category of hybrid softshells and can also be considered a membrane softshell. This is because it is made from a combination of materials including GORE Windstopper® and flex™1 fabric. The Windstopper® provides additional protection in exposed areas whereas the Flex™1 fabric is exceptionally wind resistant and is placed throughout the back, lower arms, and hips of the jacket. If you’re looking for a softshell that can provide some seriously versatile protection, the Norrøna Falketind might be for you.