i live in the northern apps. and a wind layer is the most sought-after i own. i don one year-round, (be it a wind vest or wind jacket), it serves me like no other. i wear it for cycling, walking, ice fishing, kite flying, pond hockey and while on trail.
standard fare for me is a summer weight l/s baselayer, my puffball vest sandwiched in the middle, and a wind layer on top.
my mont-bell is super light, packs like a champ and has proved it's versatility and tenacity in all the aforementioned activities.
if it's excessively windy, or if i plan to be exposed to a windy area sans protection for long periods of time, then i'll sometimes layer my wind vest directly underneath my wind jacket.
feel highly encouraged to experiment!
as you know, everyone's thermostat differs.
best you get to know yours without getting blown away. :)