Thank you to Backcountry.com and The North Face for hand-selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the Backcountry.com community.
I tested this jacket out by wearing it while I hiked Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico.
I got it in a size medium, which is the size that I usually wear in TNF products and in other brands as well. The North Face website does have a little tool that helps you figure out what size you should wear in any given piece of clothing; it was recommended that I wear a small, but I guess I just prefer a slightly looser fit (Also, I have a 36 chest, so by the size chart I would be a medium). It felt good in the torso; it wasn't too tight or loose. It was tighter than usual in the arms/wrists though, which I liked since I used the thumb loops quite a bit. I had the same problem with this garment as I do with all women's TNF products, too much extra fabric around the waist.
I wouldn't exactly describe this garment as cozy, but it wasn't necessarily uncomfortable either. The fabric just felt like more of a soft shell-type of material, as opposed to cotton or a soft fleece. However, it did not have any of the water-repellency or resistance like a soft shell typically does. I wore it in a light rain and it totally soaked up the water like cotton would, though it did dry much quicker.
I wore it over a merino baselayer when I did my hike, and I found that combination to keep me at a very comfortable temperature as I hiked, even with temperatures in the 30s; it was both breathable and warm. On the descent though, I had to add two more layers to stay warm enough as the wind howled. (continued below...)