This jacket is really in a class of its own. You cannot compare to a gore-tex windbreaker, as it is so much lighter and thinner, and performs almost as well. I love it, as its really useful to layer over a warm fleece on a windy day.Although the extremely thin Pertex Quantum fabric used is really cool, you cannot expect it to be as strong as say a nylon windbreaker. I put a small hole in it with a key on accident, and there is a small rip at the back about 5 mm in length, but that is the only wear and tear noticed so far. I think the jacket looks incredibly cool(I got it in TNF Black), but as many people have pointed out, it does kind of look like a trash bag. But after a while they really appreciate how cool it is. I have washed it numerous time on delicate setting in warm water, and then dried on delicate setting, and it has shown no signs of wearing or fading from the wash. All in all, an incredible jacket for anyone looking for a lightweight windbreaker.