I got this jacket knowing I would use it around town and not necessarily as a hiking jacket. It is a little heavy to throw in a day pack and the zippers are on the stiffer side, so it doesn't pack up super small. That being said, it is great for what it is designed for, city and urban commuting. The softshell type material is nice, soft to the touch, quiet, and most importantly, stretchy. This is a great feature to have when putting a backpack to go to class and for getting in and out of the car, or taking it off in more cramped spaces, like the inside of a bar. It does breathe great as well and will catch just enough body heat in it to wear as a standalone on more mild fall days (50 degree range, I would say, for me). Has pit zips to dump extra heat as well.
I do wish the chest pocket was larger. It is barely large enough for my phone (iphone 5s), so can't imagine what some of the larger phones fit like. Since it works for me and my needs, I didn't knock down any stars.
Fit is true to size. I got a medium, which is the size I normally wear in most shirts. I can layer a flannel under it, but I don't know how much more I could layer and still be comfortable. Hood fits well and moves with my head, and doesn't rub my beard too much when zipped all the way up.
Gore Tex should be an easy sell, too. Totally waterproof in the heavier rainstorms I have tested it in this past week.