I did WAY too much research before buying my first high-performance fleece, and this guy won out. I live in Chicago, wait way too long at bus stops and attend Bears games in the dead of winter with the lake effect. This jacket has been perfect. It's good and non-bulky for staying active on cool fall days and perfect as a mild winter jacket or a layer for the sub-zero days.Also, the material itself is high quality. My friends have other North Face fleeces that have gotten almost tattered ir fuzzy, but this is smooth and repels water pretty well too.Um, what else? Oh yeah, get one.