Just got my coat and I wanted to give an initial reaction and answer some questions I know I had when I ordered it.
this is my first TNF coat and let me say it is pretty bullet-proof. The shell is pretty substantial and the Apex liner is nice as well. The pockets are kind of high, but as someone pointed out, this is designed with backpacks in mind. the pockets are above the waist belt. The pockets are fleece lined and pretty deep. Your stuff will not fall out!
It has a hood which zips off. If would kind of be nice if it stowed in its own pocket but no biggie.
The liner is wind proof and zips in and has three snaps that keep it in place. while the jacket has the logo on the chest and back shoulder, the liner does not have the back logo. One note, the liner does not have a snow skirt nor does it have an elastic draw string at the waist. One other thing on the fit, it is pretty straight-not fitted. This is good if you need to layer. FYI, I am 6'2" and slender - I got a Large and the fit is good. Not too tight but I have heard that sizing can be a bit sporadic so keep this in mind.
To close let me say you get what you pay for. If you want a jacket that will take what you can dish out and come back for more - this will work nicely.