1. Adjustable hood with weather protection shield
Over the head, the body loses a lot of heat. All the more important is a well-fitting hood that makes head movements one to one. It should be dimensioned so that the cheeks are covered and the field of vision is protected by a strong, stiff shield from fine rain or snow. The collar should be closed over the mouth. Good Softshell Jackets protect from sun, wind and obviously dust.
2. Elastic material and movement-
friendly fit Good softshells are made of elastic fabric and are cut so that they do not slip over the belt when reaching up. The sleeves should not stretch when bending the elbows nor expose the pulse while stretching.
zippers under the armpits Not always such »Pitzips« are necessary. But those who are athletic-fast on the road or opt for a 100 percent windproof jacket, should value it. The front zipper should also be operated with one hand, let the sled grip with gloves. An inside cover prevents drafts or moisture from entering.
4. Properly Positioned Bags
The best bags do not help if you can not reach them because they are covered by a strapped hip belt. Ideal are jackets that have chest and side pockets: They provide storage space with an attached backpack and hand-warming pockets at remote.
5. Adjustable Velcro straps on the sleeves
Wide-opening sleeves are handy to carry around a thick functional watch underneath or to let cool fresh air into the interior.