The men's Softshell jacket is relatively unknown to the general public, yet it has tended to replace the 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 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 like the windstopper but the jacket made with this type of membrane cannot be mentioned as waterproof because the seams are not sealed.
The men's softshell jacket is a tightly woven fabric 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 men offers breathability and comfort on the way up and perfect protection on the way down.
In short, with the men's softshell jacket you prefer breathability and windproofness while with a hardshell you prefer waterproofing.
With a windproof, water-repellent outer material and a lined interior (sometimes made of fleece), the Softshell jacket for men guarantees you a pleasant temperature in cool or cold weather during your activities. They also have a mountain style like the Lafuma street-look softshells.
It is important to note that a Softshell is not a waterproof jacket, far from it. While its water-repellent characteristics allow it to withstand light showers, you will not be protected if your exposure is particularly long or if the rainfall is too heavy. On the other hand, while the Softshell jacket is not designed to protect you from the vagaries of the weather like a Hardshell, it is extremely breathable.
Softshell is a jacket made from a tightly woven fabric that has been 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!
So think of equipping yourself with technical underwear to stay dry no matter what you do!