Women's Waterproof-Breathable Shells

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About Women's Waterproof Shells & Gore-Tex Jackets

Looking for protection against the elements? Look no further than women’s waterproof shells and GORE-TEX jackets. At Altitude Sports, our diverse range of shells is carefully curated to deliver the most comfortable, stylish, and performant jackets on the market.

Get the Best Women’s Waterproof Shell Jackets, Only at Altitude Sports

On the trail, a rain jacket is worth much more than its weight in gold. Plus, with so many companies combining function and fashion, it’s easy to understand why shells have become so popular
From the Patagonia Torrentshell to the Helly Hansen Odin Mountain Infinity Shell Jacket, there are a lot of great options to choose from. But ...outdoor gear can quickly become an expensive habit.
To make sure you only spend money on the things you really love, we offer a 30-day return policy. And, for orders over $74 or more, enjoy free, Canada-wide shipping. Shopping from abroad? We’ve got you covered, too; check out our international shipping and returns page.

Functional Fashion

Everyone knows a shell keeps you dry. But it also means the difference between adventure and danger. If you’re caught in a downpour, your top priority is to maintain your core temperature. By keeping your clothes and skin dry, a shell does exactly that.
When choosing a waterproof shell, however, there are a few things to consider. Features like adjustable cuffs and an adjustable hood ensure a snug yet flexible fit; taped seams and waterproof zippers prevent water penetration along the stitching; and zippered hand pockets keep your essentials dry.
In terms of performance, things like gusseted underarms help improve mobility across activities. Meanwhile, pit zips let you quickly dump heat without exposing yourself to an onslaught of wind and rain. Because, let’s face it, a breathable jacket is just as important as a waterproof one.
These small details add a ton of value to a rain shell. Need more storage? Consider a jacket that boasts a chest pocket. Want to layer? Size up or opt for a jacket with a relaxed fit.

GORE-TEX, for the Fiercest Weather Protection

A shell is a no-brainer on any excursion into the wild. These packable, lightwright garments can be tossed into a dark recess of your bag and forgotten about. That is, until you actually need it. When the weather takes a turn, shells become an indispensable emergency layer. Few fabrics do this better than GORE-TEX.
Companies who partner with GORE-TEX produce some of the highest quality waterproof shells around. Consider jackets like the Outdoor Research Aspire II or the Norrøna Lofoten Gore-Tex Insulated Jacket, both of which feature a wind-resistant and waterproof GORE-TEX construction.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a 3 layer shell jacket?

A three-layer (3L) jacket is one that’s constructed using three separate layers of fabric. Each layer has a distinct purpose.
The outer nylon face is treated with a DWR-coating, making it both wind- and water-resistant. The second layer is a waterproof/breathable (WP/BR) laminate. Finally, the layer closest to your skin is a tricot laminate, a hydrophilic surface that wicks sweat.
3L examples include the Patagonia Torrentshell 3 Layer Jacket and Salomon Stance 3 Layer Shell Jacket. While 3Ls are more expensive than 2Ls, they offer best-in-class protection from the elements.

What is a shell rain jacket?

A shell is a type of rain jacket characterized by its technical construction and absence of insulation. The uninsulated nature of a shell makes it more waterproof, lightweight, and packable.
There are, however, some insulated jackets that are waterproof. The North Face Gatekeeper Jacket is a prime example. This waterproof, insulated jacket stands up to sharp winds, biting rain, and sub-zero temps.

What is Gore-Tex?

GORE-TEX refers to both a material and the company that manufactures it. As a material, it’s a waterproof membrane invented in 1969 using expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).
Even today, GORE-TEX remains the leading waterproof fabric that’s also breathable, durable, and windproof. That’s why it continues to be found in a variety of garments—from jackets and footwear to a host of outdoor accessories.
The bottom-line is that a GORE-TEX shell is more than just a water-resistant jacket—it’s a waterproof, breathable solution built for your most rugged adventures.

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