The popular Apex Bionic strikes the desirable balance of fantastic weather protection and reasonable cost. Being one of the only two softshells in the review to be windproof earns this jacket extra kudos in our eyes. Its closest competitor, the Patagonia Adze Hoody - Women's sneaks in and takes our Best Buy Award over the Apex Bionic because it fits better in the sleeves, is slightly more flexible and comfortable, and has adjustable cuffs for wearing with gloves. However, the Apex Bionic adds livability with a soft fleece chin guard and fuzzy sleeve cuffs. The windproof Apex Bionic has a stiff and inflexible feel, which is contrary to the defining features we love about softshells: that they are soft, supple, and mobile. For a more comfortable jacket, our other Best Buy winner, the Columbia Kruser Ridge - Women's is a soft yet budget shell.
The Women's Apex Bionic Hoodie is updated and pictured above! Keep reading for a side-by-side comparison.