"When they say lightweight, they mean lightweight"
I purchased this product for a friend, so haven't used it myself. It was a good price, due to being on clearance, possibly as it is a discontinued style. The jacket is very stylish, and was as described however both my friend and i were surprised at how thin it was. There is no significant lining to the jacket, so plan to use it as part of a layered system rather than standalone. Ultimately, he was happy with the value of the purchase though.
Recently purchased this jacket as a throw in the trunk coat for when it rains and also use it for work. Great jacket, really light and fits great. The cut is hip length and the hood is oversized, so if you have a big dome like I do it allows for plenty of movement and then some.
I'm not saying I disagree with the other reviewers of this product, but I feel like most of the complaints re: this jacket are along the lines of "I bought these bike shoes and they're the worst running shoes ever."Bottom line, you're not gonna find another Arc piece for this price. For a paclite shell, this is everything I wanted. The elastic cuffs are actually great for city use because I hate having to deal with velcro with mittens on. The low color COULD be a concern with moisture, but with the hood down (which mine generally is) it is so much more comfortable than the typical collar. If you want a rain coat that fits slim and gets you around town, this is IT.
After spending 6 months with it I wish I would have bought something else. The hood doesn't cover much of the front of your face and the hood is HUGE. The cuffs are not adjustable and the cut isn't spectacular. On the plus side, the gortex pac lite is great.
I thought I'd really like the Taro color, but combined with the material it's constructed from, it looked rubbery or plasticy, esp. the raised bird logo, which looks like some extruded synthetic material. Doesn't feel like anything special, either. It's not trim, as advertised, just a little on the slim side. Cuffs are elastic but seemed loose. The upper limit of the zipper is around the neck, which would allow rain to get in. While this gives it a casual look, I imagine it would be annoying to have much rain coming in. I see this as an attempt to fill a niche in the casual market, but you can use many of Arc'teryx's fine jackets for everyday wear.