What's the Difference Between a Soft Shell and a Hard Shell?

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What's the Difference Between a Soft Shell and a Hard Shell?


Soft shell and hard shell are two fabrics commonly used in modern outdoor sports, and they have different characteristics and scope of use. This article will introduce the basic concepts, characteristics, scope of application and common brands of soft shell fabrics and hard shell fabrics.



Softshell fabric is a lightweight, soft, and breathable fabric that is usually used for outdoor leisure sports, mountaineering, hiking, and other activities. Compared with hard-shell fabrics, soft-shell fabrics are softer and lighter, can provide better comfort and flexibility, and are suitable for high-intensity sports and changing climate conditions.


Softshell fabrics typically consist of three layers: an outer layer of windproof, water-repellent fabric, a middle layer of breathable, thermal insulation, and an inner layer of comfortable, moisture-wicking fabric. Common brands of soft shell fabrics include GORE-TEX, Polartec, Windstopper, etc.


Monoshell fabric is a hard, waterproof, windproof fabric commonly used in extreme sports such as alpine climbing, skiing, and polar exploration. Compared with soft-shell fabrics, hard-shell fabrics are harder, waterproof, and windproof, can provide better protective performance, and are suitable for harsh climate conditions and high-intensity sports.


Hard shell fabrics are usually made up of two or three layers: an outer layer of waterproof, breathable fabric, and an inner layer of comfortable, moisture-wicking fabric. Some hard shell fabrics also have an insulating layer in the middle. Common hard-shell fabric brands include GORE-TEX, eVent, Dry.Q Elite, etc.




When choosing fabrics, you should choose according to your own needs. If you need a comfortable, flexible, breathable fabric, you should choose soft shell fabric; if you need a waterproof, windproof, and abrasion-resistant fabric, you should choose hard shell fabric.


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