"The fit is great and so is the look - no pockets make it hard to call this one a jacket."
I bought this b/c it reminded me so much of a favorite Patagonia Jacket that my wife bought me as a gift long ago - before she was even my wife. That Patagonia was and is a great, durable jacket with huge pockets that doubled as vents. This Ibex jacket only had the one chest zip that is popular for putting a smart phone or ipod type device in. No hand warmer type pockets at all. I'm a guy. I carry stuff around and as much as I loved this jacket I had to return it for this one reason. I need a place to put my stuff. Put some hand warmer pockets on the next version and I'll buy two. Also, I didn't like the big reflective stripe. A bit of reflective piping is one thing but this was way too much. I also felt it would probably deteriorate over time. I liked the fact that the closures at the cuff were elastic and not velcro which also tends to wear out over time. A very tidy and stylish looking jacket.
The wool back and softshell front of this jacket is amazing. It sits right at my waist in the front and slightly lower in the back. The arms are slightly tight - an athletic fit for sure. The wrists are also slightly tight, but comfortable. the collar is taller than most- I like it too. I am 5'9'' and 225 pounds (fat). I wear XL in most sizes and this jacket fits true to that. Not too big, not too tight. Every measurement is ideal for me. No hand pockets is a plus for me - as this is a layering piece. The chest pocket is plenty. Zippers feel durable. The entire jacket feels like it will last a long time. I've only taken it out once - so I can't speak to its lifespan. GREAT jacket!