I bought not one, but five of these jackets for the men in my life at Christmas. My boyfriend has had one for ages, and he had asked for a newer on in a darker color. Though the Columbia Steens Mtn Full Zip jacket is not heavy, it is great to have on hand for short trips into the cold, and for moderately cold winter weather in general. We live in S.C., where it doesn't get too close to 32 degrees on a regular basis, and this jacket is perfect for our weather. It does not have a hood, as asked in an earlier review, but it does have two side pockets, and the fleece is quite plush and soft. The older version of the jacket my boyfriend owns has stayed in great shape over the past two years he's had it. Additionally, I would recommend this jacket to anyone wanting to use it for extra warmth during the spring and fall. I suspect it makes a great shell and a great liner for ski jackets. It's a great value if you buy it so inexpensively from Backcountry.