I bought this jacket with high hopes of getting a warm light-weight jacket that would function in everyday use as well as technically for skiing and backpacking. I didn't get a chance to test it out technically but it is not cut out for everyday use. I took this jacket on a two week back packing tour through Europe and wore it pretty much everyday. Initially, I really liked the jacket. It is warm, light weight, zips-up high to protect my face from wind and cold, and the hood is very wamr. However, after a couple wears I started to notice the main double zipper was difficult and did not zip correctly without careful attention. Then I started to notice the zippers on the pockets, they too were difficult and often caught the material around the zippers, the outside chest zipper actually got caught in the material so bad it riped a hole on the inside. Also, I wore a typical daypack/book bag carrying a camera, food, water, etc. About a week into the trip my friends noticed the back of the jacket started to show wear. I am greatly disappointed in the jacket and will be returning it shortly. For almost $200 I was expecting much more.