i live in the uk and the weather has been pants for the last few months,rain rain and more rain.
the venture jacket is just right,waterproof,lightweight and breathable.
i have used it on a walking holiday in the lake district and it kept the most heavy rain out, but at the same time i stayed cool.
packs up into its own pocket,and goes into my rucksack no problem.
another great product from north face.