I already have the NorthFace down jacket, but it's loosing a feather here and there a little too often, so I wanted to try this one. The Patagonia (natural) colour was also more attractive to me. Fits nicely and all, incredibly comfortable, love the colour, but the fill is thinner than NorthFace's, so it doesn't feel as warm: I use the NorthFace one in very cold weather, with a vest over it, for me it's wonderfully warm and cosy AND lightweight. It's also more sexy somehow and the finish is actually "much" nicer at the wrists and it has a great invisible outside pocket at the chest which I find very practical. I'm happy with my Patagonia purchase, and I'll use it underneath another jacket, but I won't sport it out the way I do with my NorthFace one, which I've had for over a year.