These pieces have a three-tier construction that offers us excellent performance in breathability, elasticity and resistance; becoming a more than interesting option for mountain activities in which the cold conditions are not extreme.
How is softshell jacket construction?
The construction of the softshell is divided into three different layers, each of them in charge of offering a different protection against the elements. The outer layer is made of synthetic materials - such as nylon or polyester - and is what gives the jacket its elasticity and protection against water. It is usual to find models that incorporate the DWR treatment in this outer layer.
In those models that are designed for more demanding activities we can also find specimens that incorporate more resistant fabrics in their outer layer, such as the Nylon RipStop, especially in areas exposed to greater abrasion.
On the other hand, the intermediate layer is composed of a membrane, normally polyurethane, whose function is to prevent cold air from penetrating through it and making us lose the body heat that retains the inner layer. Already, finally, the inner layer of softshell jackets is where the thermal capacity of these pieces resides and, therefore, the one that helps us to conserve our body heat while doing our activity.
Waterproofing of the tissue
Although we offer optimum protection against water, we can not consider them to be waterproof, since they do not have the minimum water columns (10,000mm) to be considered as such. Anyway, we can find models that incorporate the well-known DWR treatment in its outer layer.
This treatment, which is based on the incorporation of a water-repellent polymer applied to the outer layer of the piece, penetrates the fibers and reduces the surface of the tissue voltage. This allows water droplets to slip through the outer layer of the jacket instead of being absorbed.
Basic maintenance of these pieces
One of the basic aspects of a softshell piece is how we must perform its maintenance. At the time of washing our jackets softshell we will always use a liquid detergent that does not incorporate softener, since these products damage their membranes and prevent them from transpiring.
Another important aspect of washing is that it must not be done with excessively hot water (never at temperatures exceeding 40 ° C). Finally, it is advisable to dry the piece outdoors, preferably in places not too exposed to the heat of the sun as it could overheat the piece excessively.
Do not miss our softshell jackets for men
To enjoy your favorite mountain activity, always have one of our softshell jackets, an option that is more advisable if the conditions are cold and not extreme. Our offer of softshell jackets for men will leave you breathless, as you can find what you are looking for among a huge variety of models.
A category that should not be missed are our most versatile softshell jackets, which can be used for activities as diverse as trekking, mountaineering or summer hiking. These specimens are mostly of fine thickness and offer excellent breathability, often without protection against the wind.
If you need softshell jackets, we also offer you a great technicality. In this sense we recommend that you take a look at the models that incorporate the fabric Pontetorto, an elastic material that allows greater mobility than the classic fleece fabric.
Looking for some softshell jackets for women?
In our stores you can enjoy our collection of softshell jackets for women, one of the great innovations of the last years in the world of the clothes of mountain. We offer you a wide range of models, among which you can find high tech pieces but also those more versatile and functional.
If what you anticipate is the price and what you are looking for are softshell women's cheapest jackets, we recommend you check our less technical models, often the cheapest ones. These specimens have less benefits than the more technicians but they continue to offer us a breathability and warmth that is very interesting for most outdoor activities.