Softshell clothing is somewhat of an all-rounder. A new take on classic hard shell outerwear, the material offers a more flexible experience that makes it ideal for sports, activewear, golfing and even your every day.
The ideal choice when seeking a versatile layer that can either be worn in place of a heavier waterproof or as an extra layer underneath your preferred outer layer in more extreme conditions.
What is Softshell Fabric?
Softshell is made from woven fabric, making it a warm layer that brings comfort without the restriction or limitations of other materials.
Is Softshell Fabric Waterproof?
Softshell is ideally suited to dry-ish weather. In other words, softshell will keep you comfortable in light rain but is not made for heavy rainfall nor storms. It is deemed as more water-resistant rather than waterproof, as it offers more protection than fleece but not as much as a ski jacket and does not feature taped seams.
Are Softshell Jackets Warm?
As softshell is made from woven fabric, it does provide considerable cosiness and significant breathability, preventing you from overheating when being active.
The best softshell jackets have the advantage of being windproof in their structure, which also helps to keep the chill out and maintain warmth.
How to Clean Softshell Jackets and Trousers
Your soft shell jacket can be washed in the washing machine at a medium temperature of 30-40 degrees celsius. It is recommended to use a non-biological detergent and without fabric softener, avoiding tumble drying, dry cleaning and bleaching.
Softshell vs. Hard Shell
Designed with breathability in mind, a softshell jacket offers more comfort than a traditional hard shell jacket, with the softer material making it much more moveable. The material is nowhere near as rigid and also creases less, almost like a hoodie, and doesn’t rustle, allowing for inaudible ease of movement.
A favourite of runners, cyclists, climbers and anyone who requires an extra range of movement and moisture control inside their clothing, softshell is an excellent choice for any wardrobe.