Can't quite make up my mind about this. Read that Amer sports, the biggest sporting company in the world, bought arcteryx from Adidas. I have a feeling theres pure marketing involved here. It is definitely a great looking piece of clothing. The wind does blow right through it, but its not advertised as wind-stop, so no surprise there...sure looks good though. Guess I'd say its not really gear, but a very nice fleece jacket.