They will not provide protection in very cold, wet or windy conditions. For that, additional layers in the form of a hardshell and an insulating layer are necessary.
CAN YOU WASH SOFTSHELL JACKETS?
The simple answer is yes. However, to maintain the lifespan of softshell jackets, we recommend washing only when necessary and to follow the instructions found inside the jacket. For best results, wash your jacket at a low temperature on a gentle cycle.
Never use a fabric softener when washing a softshell jacket, as it compromises the characteristics of the fibres. Also, softshell jackets may not keep their shape when placed in a spin cycle or tumble dryer.
ARE SHELL JACKETS GOOD FOR WINTER?
This depends. If you’re in a situation where you’re going to be active and the temperature is likely to fluctuate, then yes, a softshell jacket is important. You can wear it together with other layers, including a hardshell, to provide insulation and protection from snow and rain.
If, however, you’re going to be less active and the temperature will be relatively stable, you can wear an insulated jacket or a mid-layer jumper or hoodie with a hardshell.