"Very happy with it thus far despite a few odd elements"
This jacket purchase was the result of a fairly exhaustive search. I had worn out two ultra-light shells and rather than buying a new one, I wanted something with a bit more heft to it. The hard shells I looked at were either too heavy/crinkly for full year use. And the price range and the brand range was wide--all the top names, $350-500. A colleague who is a big hiker/climber recommended this brand. What really sold me on this jacket is that it's got a bit more warmth than the straight light shells. In terms of functionality, it's absolutely incredible. Totally impermeable to water, and noticeably breathable (though not light). Pit zips do what they are supposed to do.The odd elements: The hood, as others have said, is insanely large. That's great I guess if you wear a helmet, but even with adjustments, it's too big for non-helmet use. And the pockets are misplaced--they are just a bit too high or just a bit too low.Bottom line: Can't beat the price for the function
This jacket was exactly what I wanted - great material and fit. Sadly, the hood was large enough to double as a car cover. It must be made to accommodate a gigantic helmet of some sort. Even with a baseball hat under it, it completely covered my face. By the way, I am not a pinhead - my hat size is 7.75. Sadly going back - I need a hood in the rain