Side-by-Side Comparison - Softshell Jacket for Women

Comparative Review At-a-Glance

 
 
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Price $244.30 at Amazon
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$171.99 at MooseJaw
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Pros Easy mobility, breathable, helmet-compatible hood, excellent fitExcellent in cold and wind, lightweight, plush interior, good breathabilityLightweight, durable, great arm length, flattering cut, excellent breathability and water resistanceFantastic mobility, large adjustable cuffs, generously sized helmet-compatible hood, good sleeve and torso length, durableSix mesh-lined pockets, fantastic wind resistance, durable
Cons Pricey, non-adjustable cuffsDurability issues, hand pockets do not zip, thumb loops aren't well executedThin, cuffs aren't adjustable, priceyFits a bit large, interior pockets do not zip, not as warm as some other contendersOn the heavier bulkier side, not the best water resistance, pricey
Bottom Line For the best all-around softshell we've found, look no further than the stretchy, breathable, attractive Gamma MX Hoody.The OR Ascendant Hoody is a comfortable and very lightweight jacket with a plush interior that provides excellent warmth, mobility, and breathability.While there were warmer models in our review, in every other aspect the Gamma LT Hoody was a winner, providing top notch breathability, durability, and mobility.The Dawn Patrol is a durable and comfortable shell with impressive mobility and breathability, perfectly suited for climbing and skiing.The Upslope is an excellent jacket that, while on the heftier side, provided a top-notch fit and superior wind resistance.
Rating Categories Gamma MX Hoody - Women's Ascendant Hoody - Women's Gamma LT Hoody - Women's Dawn Patrol Shell - Women's Upslope - Women's
Weather Protection (30%)
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Specs Gamma MX Hoody - Women's Ascendant Hoody - Women's Gamma LT Hoody - Women's Dawn Patrol Shell - Women's Upslope - Women's
Measured Weight - Size Medium (oz) 17.1oz 11.5oz 15.3oz 20.2oz 22.3oz
Material Fortius 2.0— Face: 85% nylon, 15% elastane. Backer: 94% polyester, 6% elastane Pertex Microlight 100% nylon 20D ripstop stretch woven shell, Polartec Alpha Direct Insulation 100% polyester, 95 g/m2 Wee Burly Double Weave (56% nylon, 34% polyester, 10% elastane), DWR finish Four-way stretch woven with brushed back and DWR finish (235 gsm, 63% nylon, 26% polyester, 11% elastane) Matrix 2 layer bonded softshell fabric, stretch nylon face with slick high gauge knit back
Number of Pockets (zippered unless otherwise noted) 4 (2 hand, 1 chest, 1 sleeve) 3 (2 no zip hand, 1 chest) 3 (2 hand, 1 internal) 4 (2 hand, 2 no zip internal) 6 (2 hand, 2 chest, 1 sleeve, 1 internal)
Hood Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Helmet Compatible? Yes, 2-way adjustable Yes, 1-way adjustable Yes, 2-way adjustable Yes, 1-way adjustable Yes, 2-way adjustable
Wind Resistant? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Water Resistant? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pit-Zips? No No No No No
Adjustable Cuffs? No No No Yes, Velcro Yes, Velcro
Available Sizes XS - L XS - XL XS - XL XS - XL XS - XL