Softshell


Featured Group Test

softshell montage test  © martin

Group Test Summer Softshells

Lightweight softshell jackets are a summer staple for both walkers and climbers. We compare 11 models here.


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKH editorial team

Lite Speed & Terra Stretch montage  © Toby Archer

Montane Lite-Speed Jacket and Terra Stretch Pants

From Norwegian ski touring to the grit, Toby Archer tests a summery combination of windproof top and light softshell trousers.

The Keb Jacket is more than tough enough to sustain heavy use whilst scrambling on rough rock  © UKC Gear
The Keb Jacket is more than tough enough to sustain heavy use whilst scrambling on rough rock  © UKC Gear

Fjallraven Keb Jacket

Rob Greenwood gets out his hairdryer (yes, really) to test the Keb, an adaptable, durable and ecologically friendly softshell jacket from Fjallraven.

Alpkit Softshell  © UKC Gear
Alpkit Softshell  © UKC Gear

Alpkit Resolute Jacket & Ardent Trousers

Through winter and spring on the Scottish hills, John McKenna puts this softshell jacket and trouser combo to the test.

The Kinetic Alpine Jacket + Pants in use on a typical British day: bit of rain, bit of sun, bit of everything!  © UKC Gear
The Kinetic Alpine Jacket + Pants in use on a typical British day: bit of rain, bit of sun, bit of everything!  © UKC Gear

Rab Kinetic Alpine Jacket & Pants

We so often hear of revolutionary new fabrics that it's hard not to be cynical. But Rab's Proflex fabric really is a step...

An 'Alpine' spring day in Glen Coe - ideal conditions for testing the Combin Pant  © Dan Bailey
An 'Alpine' spring day in Glen Coe - ideal conditions for testing the Combin Pant  © Dan Bailey

Mountain Equipment Combin Pant

You probably wouldn't want them at Stanage, but for summer Alpine use (or those rare Scottish days that feel like the Alps) these...

Alpine Start montage  © Toby Archer
Alpine Start montage  © Toby Archer

Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody & Alpine Light Pants

From winter walking and climbing to spring cragging and via ferrata, Toby Archer tests a lightweight...

It\'s a versatile and breathable outer- or mid-layer that works year round  © Lorraine McCall
It\'s a versatile and breathable outer- or mid-layer that works year round  © Lorraine McCall

OR Ascendant Hoody

Warm for its weight, highly breathable and well-tailored - the only thing this versatile softshell really lacks, says Pegs Bailey, is zipped...


Latest News

These are annoucements direct from manufacturers

The Rab Guide to Summer Softshells

Softshells are the ideal outer layer for Spring and Summer weather. In this article, Rab run us through a few of their key softshell designs. From lightweight, packable windproofs to a boundary blurring new design, there's something to suit practi...

New Berghaus climbing softshells have a hard edge

New from Berghaus for spring/summer 2017 are the Fast Climb jacket and pant. Extending the renowned Extrem range with lightweight, durable summer gear, the Fast Climb products are softshells designed to give protection from the...

Gabby Lees using the Womens Kinetic Plus  © Rab
Gabby Lees using the Womens Kinetic Plus  © Rab

Rab Kinetic Plus Jacket (Mens and Womens)

The Kinetic Plus is a new super lightweight waterproof stretch softshell from Rab. Designed using Rab's own Proflex™ fabric, the Kinetic Plus provides unrivaled freedom of movement thanks to the built-in stretch of this new fabric.

Jottnar Vali Thumb 3  © Jottnar
Jottnar Vali Thumb 3  © Jottnar

Váli - Multifunctional Mountain Legwear from Jöttnar

A richly featured softshell mountain pant made from class-leading Schoeller® fabric....

Nabu Waterproof Softshell for Men   © Marmot
Nabu Waterproof Softshell for Men   © Marmot

Nabu Waterproof Softshell for Men and Women

Quite simply the best softshell jacket Marmot has ever made...

Summer Soft Shells  © UKC
Summer Soft Shells  © UKC

WHAT'S AVAILABLE - Summer Softshells

In this 'What's Available' announcement we look at a variety of different soft shell jackets. British summer? Better get...

Marmot Highland Pant - Olive   © Marmot
Marmot Highland Pant - Olive   © Marmot

Highland Softshell Pant

A new softshell pant designed to meet the needs of outdoor enthusiasts and mountain leaders.


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