I bought this as a versatile waterproof shell. I live in the U.P. and so far this is absolutely perfect for anything I go outside to do. It's stupidly great in the rain, I can't wait to get the snow pants version of this material, it's perfect.
This is an all around great jacket. I use mine for hiking/backpacking and I use it casually. The reinforced sections are great when you are carrying a heavy pack, and it packs up pretty well. I am 5'7" 150 lbs and got a small. It isn't very form fitting at first, but there are plenty of adjustments to make it fit perfectly. My fleece also fits under perfectly for colder days, and it doesn't look or feel bulky. The hood doesn't restrict your vision at all, which was a pretty big consideration for me when I was buying it.
"Excellent - keeps you dry, fully stops wind, not too hot, looks great"
I wore this backpacking for 5 days on the Ka'u coast (south of Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawai'i.) Day one, I wore it for the rain and mists as we came down the 2500-foot descent off the Hilina Pali; it kept me dry and with the zips open didn't turn into a sweat bath. After that, it mostly stayed in my pack in the sunny, clear, and hot days, but I had it out again several mornings for 5am meditation; it fully blocked the cool winds off the ocean in 30 knot gusts.Tip: To start the magic trick of packing it into its own side pocket, first turn the pocket inside out and then start stuffing - it ends up in a rectangle with the zipper outside so you can zip it closed, and a little loop to clip it to your pack or belt. To sum up, it was almost perfectly what I wanted. It completely stops wind and reasonable rains, tough enough to wear under a 40 pound pack, so light I never thought twice about its weight or bulk, and not too sweaty making. Good deal.
from Directly above the bottom of the Pacific Ocean
"Laugh at other people getting wet in the rain while you wear this."
This coat is great! Works as promised, stops wind and rain. The back is designed to let you wear it fitted but won't restrict movement or get tight in the shoulders. I comfortably wear a northface fleece under it and don't feel bulky.