i've had this coat for about a year. the waist cord has started to eat it's way through the fabric. it was just a few small abbrasions at first. now there are lots of holes, all along the inside of the coat where the cord rubs the fabric. this coat has not seen heavy use. very disappointing.the hood is fine until there is a slight gust of wind - and then it's trying to fly off of your head. hood pulls bunch just bunch all the fabric in the back when they're pulled tight - there are NO pulls that tighten the actual front hood loop around your face.on the plus side, this coat is very warm and very packable. i really enjoyed using it when a hood wasn't nesessary, but now it just sits in my closet.
Got a medium as a gift but sending it back in for a small (5'9", 145). I think most people my size would go with the medium though... anyway, fantastically comfy and perfect for those stretches of below 0 degree weather in Montana, whether you're in the mountains or commuting. Not sure if it's worth paying for more than the regular down hoody, but it sure is nice being warm in the winter!