I have had my Stretch Element Jacket for 2 years now and have been very impressed overall. The water resistant coating has held out very well so far, the hood fits great over a helmet, and it fits, functions, and looks great. My only complaints, other then the hood adjustment system for when you are not wearing a helmet, are related to the durability, or rather lack of durability. The zippers are pretty flimsy and the stitchless construction has come apart on me twice now. Also, the fabric seems to get snagged and stretch out on rocks more than Gore-Tex, which is a problem is rock and alpine climbing on rock. Fortunately, Patagonia is a great company and they have replaced the coat for me twice already due to the stitchless construction failures.