The women's softshell jacket is relatively unknown to the general public, yet it has tended to replace membranes in many cases in recent years.
Softshell (soft protection) is by nature opposed to hardshell (hard protection). Softshell is, softer to the touch and above all more flexible and stretchy than waterproof jackets (hardshell).
The difference between a softshell and a waterproof jacket is that the softshell is stretchy. It does not have a waterproof membrane. Of course to make things more complicated the brands offer jackets with semi-waterproof membranes such as the windstopper but the jacket built with this type of membrane cannot be mentioned as a raincoat because the seams are not watertight.
The women's softshell jacketis a fabric with tight fibres that has undergone a chemical treatment that makes it water-repellent. The softshell is resistant to light rain but especially to wind and snow, while being much more breathable than a membrane fabric. In fact, in the mountains, in 95% of cases a softshell is more suitable than a membrane. Contrary to a Windstopper jacket, on a softshell it is the weave of the fabric that provides the windproof effect.
Ideal for ski touring, Karpos softshell jackets for women offers breathability and comfort on the way up and perfect protection on the way down.
In short, the women's softshell jacket offers breathability and windproofness while the hardshell jacket offers waterproofing.
The softshell becomes an essential for an intense activity in the mountains where rain protection is not a priority.
With an external material water-repellent windbreaker and a lined interior (sometimes polar fleece), the Softshell jacket for women guarantees you a pleasant temperature in cool or cold weather during your activities. They also offer a ride style like the Protest softshells.
It is important to note that a Softshell is not a waterproof jacket, far from it. If its characteristics water repellents allow him to to withstand light showers, However, you will not be protected if your exposure is particularly long or if the rainfall is too heavy. On the other hand, if the jacket Softshell is not designed to protect you from the vagaries of the weather like a Hardshell, but it is extremely breathable.
The Softshell is a jacket made of a tightly woven fabric and chemically treated to make it water-repellent. This technology is called DWR (durable water repellent). Thanks to this chemical treatment, a Softshell jacket can withstand non-violent rain for more than 30 minutes. Water does not penetrate and slides down the mesh. Be careful, however, in case of heavy rain, the Softshell does not protect you. Moreover, once soaked, the fabric will take quite a long time to dry because of its tight fibres. Indeed, if this fabric is designed not to let water in, once soaked, it is also difficult to extract this water. All in all, it makes sense...
Find all these details on the ultra-technical Rab softshells for example!
The sofhtshell jacket is ideal for high altitude treks with dry weather or occasional light rain.
So think about equipping yourself with technical underwear to stay dry no matter what you do!