The pocket is incredibly useful for a safety rope, caribiners, knife, whatever. The only problem that I find is that the tunnel is not high enough. I use the skirt for whitewater paddling, so perhaps for touring (it's actual intent), this isn't a problem. Good seal on the boat, easy to slip on.
Perfect for what it's supposed to do. This is NOT a dry top, but with a wetsuit underneath and paddling gloves over the wrists, I get very little water in, and it comes from the neck. So, no flip = dry. In my case, flip = a drop or two down the back. Great product!!!! Very comfortable, easy to pull over, warm.