It works, but it's not for me
It's a well built jacket and it held up to moderate rain pretty well. It required the occasional nikwax-ing, but nothing out of the ordinary to keep it in good shape. The thing that I found appealing about this jacket was the lack of velcro down the front, so when using this as an everyday shell there wasn't anything to get worn out. But, a couple of things about this jacket irked me. The high collar was nice when the wind would pick up, but at all other times it would just flop around or hang around my neck. Also, the hood stowing and removal system seems overly complex and bulky with two big velcro tabs and a zipper around the back. As an everyday shell, I would not recommend it, but if you're only planning on breaking it out when the weather turns a little nasty then this is probably a good choice.