I ordered this vest thinking it would be a good "thermal" layer type to shed the cold wind of winter, minus the snow or rain. For some odd reason, I was thinking that this vest would be of a thinner softshell material. It is not a softshell material, but more of a very basic, thin windproof material. Kinda like a tent rain fly material.I haven't tried it out on a ride yet. But, it does look to provide a decent amount of protection, front and back, from the wind. The side zippers are in the right place to allow easy access to your jersey pockets. My biggest qualm with this vest is it's size. I am normally an XL size, and so that's what I ordered. I'm 6'1, 215lbs, and it fits very tight over a thin shirt. I like to layer up a little in the winter, and I can't get any layers on under it. So, I'll be returning it for the next size up.