Steve X wrote a review of The North Face Venture Jacket - Men's on November 27, 2007
On my trip to Europe I had rainy days in London, Rome, and Paris but not a drop got through my jacket. In a heavy downpour I would suggest wearing a baseball cap if you have the hood up. The hood blocks too much of your upward and peripheral vision, but the bill of a ball cap keeps the hood in the right spot to keep you dry but still visually aware.
Great as a light windbreaker as well, and wads up nice and small to stash in a daypack. Definitely a great jacket for the price.