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Soft-Shell Coats and Jackets for Men

Hard-shell jackets earn their moniker because of their stiffer outer shell that is treated to be both windproof and waterproof, and is designed to keep the wearer warm and dry through rainy weather. Soft-shell coats and jackets, by contrast, may be water resistant, but are primarily designed for use in dry weather.

Soft-Shell Jacket Options

Soft-shell jackets come in many varieties, and several are available depending on the type of soft-shell coat, its material, and purpose. Most soft-shell jackets have reinforced shoulders or elbows to increase their durability. Others may have extra pockets or hoods to protect the wearer from light rain. Athletic soft-shell jackets usually offer arm vents or mesh areas to make them more breathable for the wearer.

Men's Soft-Shell Coat and Jacket Materials

Men's soft-shell coats and jackets are manufactured in many different materials. Men's nylon soft-shell coats and jackets are more water-resistant than other varieties, but generally less breathable. Cotton and bamboo soft-shell jackets are appropriate for warmer seasons, but tend to absorb, rather than deflect water. Fleece soft-shell jackets are soft and warm, but do not offer much in the way of wind or water protection. Synthetic blend jackets, on the other hand, offer a combination of all these qualities for best performance.

Men's Seasonal Soft-Shell Coats and Jackets

Soft-shell jacket types are often denoted by seasonal wear or are rated for specific temperatures. Lighter synthetic soft-shell jackets are often used in spring, and can be found in water-resistant varieties. Fleece and heavier soft-shell jackets are often rated for autumn and winter use. Men's winter soft-shell coats and jackets are often tested, rated, or recommended for freezing temperatures.

Soft-Shell Coat and Jacket Brands

There are many major brands that offer soft-shell jackets. Soft-shell men's jacket brands designed for work wear include Bisley, Dickies, Carhartt, and Ariat. Athletic soft-shell jackets are provided by brands like Portwest, PUMA, Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, Columbia, Denali, Spirit, the North Face, and Marmot. Fashion brands for soft-shell jackets include Gildan, Fox, Element, Thrasher, Lyle & Scott, Logan, Nautica, Boston, and Billabong.

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