Comfort and Coziness
This jacket lacks the qualities most often associated with a fleece: being soft, warm, and cozy.
Warmth, Wind and Water Protection
The North Face Windwall Women's Fleece Jacket does an excellent job of blocking wind and keeping you warm at the same time. We tested this fleece and a couple others while climbing on a really windy day and the other fleeces let the wind right through and left us feeling pretty cold. We tried the Windwall and felt much warmer just because the wind was not coming through the jacket. Extra features like the hem drawcord and the tight elastic sleeve cuffs help seal out additional wind. The wind resistant fabric makes this jacket relatively water repellant, which is a nice feature on a jacket you plan to have with you all day.
Even though this North Face jacket does work well as a windbreaker, we aren't sold on the combination of windbreaker and fleece. At least in this jacket, the combination leaves the jacket feeling stiff and not very breathable. Also, you cannoth push the tight sleeves up on your arms if you get too warm.
Layering Ability and Ease of Movement
This jacket is pretty lightweight, which makes it easy to pack along, but its stiffness makes it an uncomfortable layer that does not move with your body very well.
This jacket would be best suited for an outdoor activity like camping, where you would want a wind resistant layer but don't want to bother with the two separate layers of a windbreaker and a fleece. Overall, we would rather have two separate layers: a cozy fleece and a wind shell.
This jacket is very inexpensive compared to most other fleece jackets, especially considering it is wind resistant. It is well worth its price of $99.