The parka is everything one could want in a parka-very, very light, flattering, warm as could be without any additional bulk and a great color ( I ordered the silver.) It packs into a small rectangle which can be used as a pillow. I plan on taking it to China this February. I've gotten so many comments on this parka and though it was a tad pricy for me, backcountry had free shipping and no tax which offset the cost. I love this coat and wear it around town. It is great both casually and for dress as it has almost a space-age feel with the slightly metallic sheen. The hood is just the right size for windy, cold conditions. How can one coat be so fab? Love, love, love it and I'm not easily impressed.