If a softshell is designed for comfort, it is worth noting that the Arc'teryx Gamma MX Hoody is the stretchiest, most breathable, and most luxurious feeling of all the softshells we evaluated. It is the epitome of what a softshell should be. And since a softshell is a luxury layer, you might as well go whole hog and get the most luscious feeling piece to wear, even it it comes at luxury price (which the Gamma MX definitely does.) There are more budget-friendly options for those that would like an inexpensive softshell layer, such as the Columbia Kruser Ridge - Women's, but none are as comfortable and pleasant to wear as the Gamma MX. We award this piece our Editors' Choice award for being everything that softshell should be and for functioning well in the widest range of uses.
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