A fitted, no nonsense shell that is very comfortable, great style points, and practical.
I wasn't sure about this coat, and am still testing it to see how I feel. I really need some serious weather to put it to the test. It's pretty good for the water resistance, I needed something here in Central PA that would stand up to our miserable drizzle-freeze-yuck winters.
Don't expect it to perform in a downpour though, it appears that it will stop beading after a while.The overall build quality is very good, I don't see any flaws so far.
One thing that concerns me is the hood adjustments are easy to cinch down, but restoring them is a little bit of a pain because they use these foam stops that the pull-cord is threaded through. You pull and the pressure holds it there, so to 'undo' it you have to move the foam down, hold it and pull the string back to release the tension. At least, (unless I am doing something wrong?), this appears to be the case. No biggie though, just wanted to mention it. I also wish the zippers were top down, not bottom up zips for water reasons, but maybe I'm just being too picky?
Today was 27° F, 79% humidity, with a windchill of 22° F. I was wearing a tee, jeans, knit hat, gloves, hiking boots and my Stoic Welder. I went for a walk (4 mph) and at the end I was heating up a little but not sweating. So it seems to be doing what it is supposed to: Keeping me warm and dry without overheating. [Before I started the walk, I felt warm.]It's a little weird at first because the jacket is so thin (and yes very fitted. I am 5'11" 200 lbs athletic and got a large. I can fit a sweater and tee underneath but I lose some movement in the arms) that it really makes you question if it is going to keep you warm on cold days. The winds have not been violent yet, but on noticeably windy days I cannot feel it penetrate.The jury is still out. I want to see on a day in the 'teens if I can sit out side inactive for a bit and find out if this will keep me warm. Until then, I stand by 4 stars. Minus 1 star because I am just not sure of it yet.
[UPDATE] I have had this in the teen weather, gusty winds and it's amazingly warm. On another occasion I was out standing still for a couple of hours with only a light thermal layer and was getting a chill, I realized I had left the pit zips open. So, my concerns about keeping me warm have been assuaged, but I am not sure I am totally sold on this jacket yet so I'll keep the 4 star rating for now. There is room for improvement as others have mentioned and my new concern is abrasion resistance. I am not entirely worried about a zipper failing because of the lifetime warranty, but I am worried about a snag on a thorn ruining this coat, and with the winters we get here it can be really rainy so I am not sure under what conditions this will keep me dry.[/UPDATE]