Best wind & waterproof softshell?
Gore Phantom — looks like (down to colour) my Endura Convert which is pretty good too. Zip off sleeves, soft lining, have yet to test it in extremes but it’s pretty good. I think it was about £70, I found an older model by shopping around.
If it’s really wet out, you would be minded to get a waterproof gilet too possibly.
Other option (that doesn’t have zip off sleeves but is very Very comfortable on foul / autumn / winter days, is my Cycle Jersey Wind Cheeta – Ardbeg design (though that’s not very reflective / road friendly) —Posted 4 years ago
For full-on waterproofing then it has to be a Goretex shell.
Can I be the first to recommend Paramo? I used my Velez smock for riding in winter. Warmer than a shell but not too warm and considerably more comfortable/breathable than ANY waterproof I’ve ever used before.Posted 4 years agoCheezpleezSubscriber
I have an original Phantom which I wear on most rides in spring, autumn, winter. Now need to replace it and wondering the same as the OP.
I want something that’s not too warm, that I can layer up and that will see off a bit of wet and then keep me warm when I’m wet through.Posted 4 years agojohnellisonMember
Can I be the first to recommend Paramo? I used my Velez smock for riding in winter. Warmer than a shell but not too warm and considerably more comfortable/breathable than ANY waterproof I’ve ever used before.
Amen to that brother, but I wouldn’t want to use it for riding on the road, too flappy for that.Posted 4 years agoSannySubscriber
How waterproof do you want? I have a couple of Gore soft shells and while they keep light rain off, they aren’t 100% waterproof and will leak (even the one I have with taped seams). If you don’t mind getting damp, no probs but don’t expect them to be as good as a hardshell. I still really like them although the cut of the Phantom is more for the tubby, middle aged biker market than some other soft shells in the range. 😆Posted 4 years agodazhSubscriber
I got a Howies Dyfi Active Shell last week. It doesn’t claim to be waterproof, and it’s not, but I wore it in the rain for about an hour and a half and was still pretty dry at the end. Combined with a decent base/mid layer I reckon it’ll do for even the worst winter weather. And for £30 it’s a bargain.Posted 4 years agocultsdaveMember
To me the whole point of a softshel is that it is not wind and water proof. That is what a hardshell is for. You want a softshell to be more breathable than a hard shell.Posted 4 years ago
Softshells are water resistant usually they have a DWR coating on the fabric that can be “topped-up” over time with washin solutions and tumble drying. Because they are not fully waterproof they are much more breathable resulting in you not getting that damp sweaty feeling inside. If you need it to be fully waterproof by a hardshell and if its cold wear somethig underneath it.
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