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onthefence 09-18-2012 05:28 AM

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?

Justin 09-18-2012 10:50 AM

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.

jdang307 09-18-2012 11:16 AM

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Originally Posted by onthefence (Post 519341)
Every site I've looked to buy on separates snowboard Jackets from Softshells. Whats the difference, and what are the pros/cons of each?

Shells are the outsides without liners I think. Some people like it that way because they can control the layering separately.

ShredLife 09-18-2012 11:32 AM

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Originally Posted by jdang307 (Post 519438)
Shells are the outsides without liners I think. Some people like it that way because they can control the layering separately.

your statement is correct but it has nothing to do with softshells.

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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