When I speak of volume, I’m not talking about how loud the TV is, nor am I talking about the space a three-dimensional object takes up. In the case of outerwear, you might read or hear about a jacket being “loud” or “quiet.” When the person uses these terms, he or she means that the fabric the jacket utilizes is of a certain “crinkliness.” Fully waterproof hardshells are going to be “louder” than softshells; that is, they’ll have a bit more of a plastic-y feel and sound than a softshell would. Conversely, a softshell is going to have a more “quiet,” or softer, feel than a full hardshell. But recent developments are helping to blur the line between softshell and hardshell; you can now purchase jackets that have the “quietness” of a softshell, but the stellar performance and protection of a hardshell. See soft shell for more information.