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Why you need softshell in your life

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Softshell is the all-rounder of outdoor fabric and comes with many benefits including superior breathability, flexibility, and protection against the elements.


What is softshell?

Softshell is a mid or outer layer fabric that combines comfort and flexibility with wind and water-resistance.

A key benefit to softshell is its breathability. It's extremely breathable — which is great for helping you manage sweat during demanding activities. Most softshell jackets also have a fitted look, which means they can be layered to suit extreme weather conditions without being too bulky.

As a more urban option, softshell fills the gap between a fleece and a hard-shell jacket — with the added bonus that it doesn’t attract animal hair.

When do you choose softshell?

For Active Lifestyles

If you’re looking for a garment to compliment your active lifestyle, softshell is a versatile addition to your layering system. The flexibility of the fabric means excellent freedom of movement for hiking, cycling, skiing and climbing.

When it's too cold for leggings, softshell pants are an excellent choice. They'll keep you warm but comfortable on a winter's day and provide you with a little added protection against wind and light rain.

It's important to note that softshell offers short-term protection against rain and wind, so if you’re caught in a serious downpour, you’ll need to come prepared with a waterproof hard-shell.

For everyday adventures

A softshell jacket is adaptable and can work as a stylish outer layer around the city as well as a mid-layer for hiking.

Everyday softshell jackets come with more urban designs and feature extras like chest pockets for your cards or phone. The water-resistant finish will offer protection in light rain, so it’s a great choice for your daily commute.

Softshell also comes with minimal noise, so you won’t make that swishing noise that comes with a typical rain jacket.

How do you choose the right softshell garment?

If you’re trying to make a practical decision about which type of jacket to spend your hard-earned money on, it’s pretty difficult to look past the virtues of softshell. Put simply, the humble softshell jacket is the all-rounder of the outdoor jacket family. Typically, they are highly breathable and due to their stretchy fabric, extremely comfortable. They also offer various levels of water and wind resistance and insulation, depending on their construction. Softshell is widely considered the ‘jack-of-all-trades’ option; but increasingly, it is a master of quite a few too.

What is softshell?

Softshell is a mid or outer layer fabric that combines comfort and flexibility, with wind and rain protection, and minimal noise (think of that swishing sound most rain jackets make...). The fabric is extremely breathable – which is great for helping you manage sweat during demanding activities. Most softshell jackets have a fitted look, which means they can be layered to suit extreme weather conditions without being too bulky. As a versatile option, Softshell fills the gap between a fleece and a hard-shell jacket – with the added bonus that it doesn’t attract animal hair.

When to choose softshell?

If you’re looking for a jacket to compliment an active lifestyle, softshell is a great option. The relative light weight and mobility of the fabrication means you can move freely and confidently. These jackets also cut a slim silhouette, so there’s no compromise in function or form. They typically offer short-term protection against rain and wind, but if you’re caught in a serious downpour, you’ll need to layer up with a hard-shell for that ultimate wet weather solution. The softshell jacket is arguably the most adaptable member of the jacket family, equally adept as a stylish outer layer around the City - or as a mid-layer for hiking in cold and wet conditions.

What are the differences between the various softshell jackets?

There is no one-size fits all approach to softshell. When considering which jacket is best for you, you can’t simply consider the fabric in isolation. Construction is crucial. To give you some context, the XT Terrno is specifically designed for demanding physical activity. It is made of Pertex Equilibrium, a lightweight and highly breathable fabric – with an ultra-strong construction for maximum durability. Alternatively, the Malazan combines the flexibility of softshell with a high-loft fleece lining for greater insulation. There are obviously general features across the range – but when it comes to softshell, it is vital to consider the way you plan to use it.

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