A softshell jacket is typically made of a warm, weather-resistant material to help you tackle the toughest of the elements. Shell jackets are made to be either water resistant or water repellant so you can choose from the perfect solution depending on your adventures.
Many of our jackets are made with a tough GORE-TEX material which is waterproof and windproof while remaining breathable. Women’s shell jackets are perfect for climbing, skiing, hiking, and a host of other activities thanks to these qualities.
Is shell jacket warm?
Built with weather-resistant materials, shell jackets can help keep you warm from the elements when in nature, but are best as an outer layer. Shell jackets often don’t have any added insulation on the inside, so when it’s freezing they are great to pair with a down or fleece underneath to lock in the warmth and keep you comfortable.
Is shell jacket waterproof?
There is a range of waterproof and non-waterproof shell women's jackets from Arc’teryx. Waterproof jackets make them impervious to penetration by water molecules, these materials provide shelter and protection. You can find this in our jackets made with GORE-TEX materials. Explore more waterproof solutions from Arc’teryx. Alternatively, check out our range of windbreakers.
Is shell jacket lightweight?
Shell jackets are made by Arc'teryx with weight in mind. Shell jackets are made lightweight, quickly drying down to make them portable and simple to wear on any excursion. They have great performance and offer trendy designs, and they are small enough to fit in any bag. Discover more lightweight Arc'teryx goods in the range.
How to layer clothing with a shell jacket
When preparing for outdoor adventures, the layering system is a wonderful solution to keep you warm, dry, and comfortable when moving through the elements.
The layering system consists of three basic layers:
- Baselayer: This keeps moisture away from your skin and aids in controlling body temperature. Think of wearing a lightweight top or pants here.
- The mid-layer is utilised to retain the heat your body produces. Depending on how chilly it is, you might want to wear an insulated jacket, or a fleece if it’s a bit warmer.
- Your outer layer will serve as your barrier against the elements. For instance, a waterproof jacket for rainy weather or a windproof or down jacket for cold or dry weather. This is where your shell jacket would come in.
Depending on how cold it is, there are more layers you can add to stay warm. Explore Arc’teryx comprehensive layering guide to make sure you’re equipped for winter!
Care instructions for the shell jacket
For any waterproof product, it’s important to take care of it to maintain its performance in the elements. When your clothing shows signs of sweat, grime, or the down is beginning to lose loft or clump, wash it to retain performance.
Check out our product care page for step-by-step instructions on washing your GORE-TEX products and what cleaning agents to use.
Explore the versatile range of women’s shell jackets in NZ to find the perfect one for your next adventure! Shop online today at Arc’teryx New Zealand.