Softshell Jackets are becoming more and more use full with the advance in fabric technology. So what the purpose of this style jacket? Softshell jackets are an alternative to a windproof fleece. They are generally windproof and very highly water resistant [no tapes seams]. So they are perfect for those cold winter days where the sun is shining. They are also regarded as a great Jacket for climbers as they provide great wind protection, but no bulk.
They pack away nicely in a rucksack and can be worn in a very light quick shower. They are not a replacement for a waterproof jacket but a perfect alternative for the cold dry days.