This jacket is no doubt quite warm. I ordered the silver, and you can kind of tell in the picture, there is a bit of a metallic sheen to it....? Yes, in person it is quite evident, the fabric has tiny little shiny diamond shapes on it and it kind of looks like a space jacket more than a stylish jacket. I put it on and it is a little thicker than I had expected with the Thinsulate. I do not think that it would be very easy finding shell parka to go over the Interia to help keep the wind out, but maybe Merrell knows better of such a piece. The major reason I am returning it is because, this parka hugged my hips in all the wrong ways and just was really ill-fitting. I am 5'2 and I think this parka would probably suit a taller woman much better.