I need everyone's advice in choosing a jacket for this winter. It's so tough to tell online exactly what a jacket is, what the material's like, etc. So I'm hoping for some good experience from everyone on here... I'm tired of buying something just b/c it's on sale and realizing that it's not what I wanted once I get it.
I already have a good gore-tex shell that's served me well in the past. My commute is increasing to about 11 miles each way, and once it cools off I plan to do it in my work clothes, rather than changing every morning like I do now.
Also, you'll probably want to know that the temp in NC during the winter is probably around 25-35 degrees at night and 40's during the day. None of that Minnesota craziness here.
So here's what I'm looking for... something warm and windproof, that's slightly water repellent (able to handle a misty damp morning but not really up to a full-on rain), that isn't so technical it looks goofy with khakis or jeans off the bike, and isn't so warm that I sweat to death wearing it. I have in mind something like the windproof Patagonia slick-surfaced fleece jackets, but specific to biking. That is, assuming there is such a thing.
I had my eye on the Showers Pass Hybrid Jacket, or maybe the Illuminite Shark Windguard. But it's impossible to tell how heavy or light those jackets are... I don't need a glorified shell/windbreaker. I'm thinking the Illuminite looks more like a shell than a fleece.
Any recommendations or am I looking for the impossible?