Rwrote a review of The North Face Varius Guide Jacket - Men's on October 3, 2015
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
I have used the red jacket with the black pocket in XL for 2 years now. Overall, I am happy with the look of the jacket and get complements on it. I usually wear casually and while skiing in good weather.
The face fabric gets wet very easily and stays extremely damp for a while. I do not get wet on the inside, but this is not good enough to me - in my personal opinion. It should bead off better. Instead, it just gets soaked like a cheap rain jacket would. So, if you are looking for waterproofing, this is a serious issue; especially in cold weather where it may rain and freeze in cold conditions.
I like how you can 'zip' in down or fleece north face products. It is a nice touch.