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Why you need softshell in your life


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?

There is no one-size fits all approach to softshell and you’ll need to take a closer look at the construction of the garment.

For demanding physical activity, you might consider the XT Terrno Softshell Jacket which is specifically designed for outdoor pursuits like climbing and hiking and can be incorporated into a layering system.

For daily use of travel, you might consider the Malazan Jacket which combines the flexibility of softshell with a high-loft fleece lining for greater insulation.

There are features across the range – but when it comes to softshell, it's vital to consider the way you plan to use it. Make sure you factor in your individual needs and the layering system you intend to use.

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