Softies look smart and i presume it's a pertex outer that would be good for being windproof - but I've got a smock for that. It would wick moisture away too if it is pertex which might be handy. Are they really that much better though? Do they pack up to half the size and weight while keeping you warmer? They're not particularly cheap - £60 - £80! (Ok, £32 for a surplus one on eBAY....) I did some comparative tests on bulk and weight with an issue fleece, an old (70's) woolly pully and a civvi "regatta" brand fleece. The Civvie one was heaviest and bulkiest, the issue fleece and woolly pully weighed the same but the woolly pully packed down smaller........ I don't really care if this has been posted before.