I wore this jacket hiking, ice climbing, and just about every day to class. Most times it was warm enough as it was, but is also an excellent layer with another shell over top, the Polartech is toasty. They say it's not quite waterproof, but I have yet to be soaked while wearing it, even in heavy rain. It seems pretty much bullet proof, I've scraped it along rocks, caught it on branches, and spilled coffee on it, and it's yet to stain or fray. Awesome jacket for anything outdoors, and casual enough to wear to class and around town. Highly recommended for just about anyone looking for an all around high performance soft shell!