Softshell Jackets are outdoor jackets that are not waterproof. They are usually warm and highly breathable, with some water repellency.
Windproof Soft Shell Jackets provide an excellent alternative to the more traditional waterproof outdoor clothing.
As well as being windproof they are very highly breathable, which will allow your sweat to evaporate.
This keeps moisture away from the skin to keep you dry.
Water Repellent Soft Shell Fabrics
The problem with all fully waterproof outdoor clothing is that, under certain conditions, even breathable fabrics cannot allow perspiration to escape fast enough.
Good quality Softshell Jackets are not waterproof, but are made to have a certain amount of water repellency, so will provide adequate protection from light showers.
They will often be given a spray rating to show how well they resist water penetration.
They are, however, highly breathable and yet still windproof.
Being windproof they will reduce wind chill and so will keep you warm without any build-up of condensation on the inside.
Windproof and Soft Shell clothing is ideal for active outdoor people when rainfall is expected to be fairly light.