Breathable and warm for moderate temps or athletic pursuits. The material is a little on the noisy side, although I only really notice this if I'm wearing the jacket somewhere very quiet (like my office, which somehow is always freezing). This jacket is definitely tailored towards climbing/mountaineering--the pockets are placed rather high (for access while wearing a harness) and the jacket is significantly shorter in the front. Minimal features and pockets keep weight down. It looks a little odd wearing it around town but is a GREAT technical piece. If you're looking for a softshell to climb or BC ski in, this would be a great choice. If you're only looking for something to wear around town in the winter you might want to look elsewhere (and save yourself some $$).