If you have every enjoyed a tasty tangelo, which is a hybrid between a tangerine and a grapefruit, you can begin to appreciate how hybrids can form a beneficial arrangement. The same is true of the Outdoor Research Enchainment. This jacket combines a tightly woven, weather-resistant polyester shell material with stretchy, breathable Shoeller fabric under the arms. This combination allows for more weather resistance than in a typical softshell, but doesn't sacrifice breathability. In our tests, we have found it to be less breathable than other softshells, but more water resistant than average. Though this combination limits the jacket's performance in both weather resistance and breathability categories, we find the combination to be quite functional overall. Topped off with attentive features such as thick zippers that are easy to operate with gloves, and the result is an excellent layer for stop-and-start, high-exposure winter activities.
This product has been discontinued. Check out the other jackets featured in The Best Softshell Jacket for Women Review.