The Viper Lightweight Softshell Jacket
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- Last updated: 06/10/2023
Softshell jackets are very useful outdoor garments due to the attributes of the material they’re made from. They’ve been around for quite some time and have definitely proved their worth, but what is it about them that makes them so popular for outdoor use and activities?
Softshell is made from woven fabric, making it a warm layer that brings comfort while also giving excellent freedom of movement. Although not 100% waterproof, the material is water resistant, has excellent breathability, is high performing, and very long-lasting. They can be used as an insulating mid-layer when you’re layering for cold weather, or they can be a great choice as an outer in cooler climates.
Something not often highlighted is the fact softshell jackets are generally short in length and should be worn quite tight-fitting. The stretchy material means they allow for a good range of movement, but a tighter fit gives the added benefit of retaining heat. Viper has adjusted the normal/standard cut to give this offering an extra benefit in this department.
The Viper Lightweight Softshell Jacket is made of 91% nylon and 9% elastane, making it a great outdoor jacket, plus it won’t take up too much space in your backpack. The 4-way stretch fabric has gusseted underarms, affording the jacket a very high level of flexibility and freedom of movement.
As mentioned earlier, softshell jackets are often short and have a lower, straight edge cut. However, in this case, Viper has sensibly lengthened/extended the rear of the jacket for added protection.
The garment features a full-length, two-way zip with a double puller. For a tailored fit, it utilises Velcro-adjustable wrist cuffs and the bottom hem has an internal, elasticated cord, plus toggle adjusts.
It also features a high collar and is available in Green or Coyote, with contrasting arm and shoulder panels, as well as a full neck for a distinctive look.
Storage is catered for by 2x large, front hand pockets and 1x zipped utility chest pocket. All feature glove-friendly zips with pull assists. These are generously sized, so they provide valuable storage space for accessories or essentials.
The Viper Lightweight Softshell Jacket is ideal for those who enjoy the great outdoors, whether that be walking, hiking, hunting, or fishing. Having said that, it’s equally as useful to be worn for urban exploration and day-to-day casual wear. The jacket is very functional, practical, and stylish, plus it feels very unobtrusive when worn. Its stretch comfort fit is excellent for the active wearer and it’s amazingly lightweight, comfortable, and provides excellent protection against the wind.