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Jackets vs Softshells.. ?
Every site I've looked to buy on separates snowboard Jackets from Softshells. Whats the difference, and what are the pros/cons of each?
I think generally you can't get the same level of waterproofing on a soft shell.
Also, im not sure how it works for snowboarding but i know with climbing/mountainering snags and durability come into play.
a shell has no insulation, is very waterproof, is somewhat breathable in the right conditions, windproof.
a softshell often has some light insulation, can be waterproof (more and more are made with goretex/goretex-style laminates) are generally very breathable, and are softer and quieter than a shell, more puncture resistant.
shell: a very waterproof outer layer
softshell: a very breathable outer layer, can be used as a light insulating layer, may be used as a waterproof outer layer.
part of the problem with defining them is that a softshell is kind of an ambiguous term. when they first came out they were all hoodless, insulated, either windstopper or not, and meant for use under a shell or alone during high-aerobic activity.
now softshells have evolved into actual shells, that are soft. so a three layer laminate that is(?) waterproof, very moveable, nearly as light or as light as a hard shell, with no insulation at all.
so part of it could easily be: what kind of softshell are we talking about?
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