The Soft Shell Jacket combines second-skin protection with the high degree of functionality one would expect of a tactical piece. The body is made of a four-way stretch nylon/spandex blended fabric bonded to hydrophobic polyester fleece, maintaining the high stretch and memory characteristics of a soft shell, while adding the warmth and comfort of fleece. A high collar protects the neck from the elements, and a full zip front entry allows this jacket to come on and off easily. Inset sleeve pockets, two on each sleeve, stretch as the wearer moves. Zippered hand pockets are made with mesh pocket bags to give stored objects the chance to breathe and air out. These pockets are finished on the interior so the wearer can stuff whatever extra gear they've got into a safe place. The stow-away hood, made of nylon rip stop, is made as minimally and as articulated as possible, fitting the head snugly, allowing a helmet to be placed over it. Pit zips provide for ventilation, ensuring the user's comfort, and at 20", they can vent however much they want, where they want. The sleeves include 2" x 3" Velcro® patches to display any necessary badges. A dropped tail offers additional protection when crouching low.