The Kruser Ridge is a basic softshell jacket with a super low price. It's half the cost of our other Best Buy Award winner, the Patagonia Adze Hoody - Women's. The Kruser Ridge wins our Best Buy Award not only for being remarkably inexpensive, but for maintaining the soft, flexible, and attractive feel typical of a softshell. The other contenders for the Best Buy Award, The North Face Apex Bionic Hoodie - Women's ($170) and the Patagonia Adze Hybrid ($189) both have a thicker, stiffer feel and are not as supple as the Kruser Ridge. Both the Apex Bionic and the Adze Hybrid offer more weather protection - they are windproof and more water resistant — but the Kruser Ridge offers more comfort, breathability, and flexibility. For a simple, everyday softshell, the Kruser Ridge is a steal!
Columbia informed us of recent updates to the Kruser Ridge. This jacket is now a little longer with a small change to the pocket design. All other features, and its low price, remain the same. The new version is pictured above, and details on the update are below!