I was looking for an insulated jacket that was not down. Most down jackets are too puffy and Michelin man like for me. I choose this one because on the picture the outer material looks thicker. More like a soft shell. That is what I wanted. Well, Its not quite like a soft shell. Its thicker than most down jacks Ive looked at. Wore it out last weekend for a friends bachelor party in downtown Minneapolis. With temps around 0 with a wind chill well into negative degrees. I was impressed how warm I was with this jacket. It is on the light side. Was very comftorble waking from bar to bar and waiting outside. Would not want to be out in these temps all day without something heavier.
Taken the dog for a few walks with it with temps in the single digits. With a base layer under it and a shell over it. Have been nice and toasty. Have not had much of a chance to try it in the field besides that. Overall, I am impressed. I believe I will keep it.
By the way, I am 63 and 225 with a longer torso. The XL fits me like a glove.