There are several soft shell materials, and they are quite different. I have a pair made from Schoeller Dryskin Extreme. Very breathable, very comfortable, great for bluebird days. But they are neither windproof nor waterproof and are quite light. Made more for aerobic winter activities and are not really intended for cold, windy, or wet days. Something like the Scholler WB-400, OTH would be much more bullet proof--less breathable but virtually wind proof and more water resistant. Nothing will beat a hard shell if it's really wet out.