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Softshell jackets: top material properties for outdoor sport

Softshell jackets have become an essential part of outdoor sport thanks to their optimum material characteristics. The elasticated fibres allow them to be used in various ways. It's no wonder that these jackets are some of the most popular items of outdoor sports clothing. Softshell jackets are also suitable as everyday fashion and the reasons are obvious. The durable material and beneficial properties make the jackets fit like a second skin, the material is soft, light and elasticated and protects the body in virtually all weather conditions. There is hardly any activity where this jacket isn't at home.

What makes the softshell jacket material so special?

Softshell jackets are produced in various designs. Whether jackets, vests or trousers, softshell is even used for gloves and hats. Depending on the item of clothing you choose, the thickness of the material varies significantly depending on the fibres. Softshell jackets generally consist of non-abrasive polyester with velour or fleece on the inside. So-called windstoppers that protect against cold and wind with an additional protective membrane. Softshell is a mix of materials that can be worn all-year-round on warm summer evenings, rainy autumn days and even in winter temperatures.
Softshell jackets reliably protect the body from cold wind and unfavourable weather conditions. Their high insulating properties ensure that your body warmth is stored inside the jacket and their excellent breathability makes them suitable for sweaty hiking and mountain tours. Moisture is absorbed by the surface of the material and excess heat is quickly tansported away from the body. The body therefore stays dry and you're much less likely to freeze during sport. As part of the onion principle, these jackets are perfect when used as a second or third layer.

The flexible use of softshell jackets

Unlike hardshell jackets, softshell jackets are characterised by their high flexibility. This is made possible due to the stretchy weave and special use of elastane. The use of elasticated material is particularly important for climbing tours so that your movements are not restricted. A second advantage is the material's excellent durability. These jackets are put to the test particularly when trekking or climbing but the tear-resistant material is able to withstand extreme stress. Softshell jackets with a hood protect your head in cold temperatures from icy wind and drizzling rain, while the interior and exterior pockets allow you to store your phone, keys and fitness tracker. Another advantage is their low weight and small packing volume: if the sun should come out you can simply stow your jacket in your backpack without it taking up much room or adding weight. This makes softshell jackets an indispensable companion for outdoor sports and a key item of gear.

Advantages and disadvantages of softshell jackets

Softshell jackets have several advantages and disadvantages which you should take into consideration. You'll get a good idea of which areas these jackets are particularly suitable for.

Advantages:

  • water-resistant
  • some softshell jackets have a waterproof membrane
  • high material elasticity
  • very durable so suitable for mountain sports
  • breathable
  • temperature-regulating
  • excellent comfort and soft feel
  • dirt-repellent
  • material particularly easy to clean

Disadvantages:

  • not suitable as an outer jacket in minus temperatures

The classic softshell jacket: the right models for men and women

Softshell jackets are real all-rounders. They are not only light but are also elasticated and effectively protect you in all weather conditions. Find your new companion at Keller Sports and discover the many features first hand that softshell jackets have to offer.

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