I read the reviews, saw the features, solid 3 layer gore tex they said, then I bought it. This coat fits beautifully, I have an extreme build in my upper body and this covers the chest and fits the arms, and hugs the waist in a more athletic fashion than most. At first look, amazing jacket.... but... then you step out on a rainy day, and noticed some severe wet through. Jacob from backcountry said it was most likely a gore-tex defect, however.... before even stepping out, I thought to myself ... no way this can be waterproof with material this soft. Sure enough I was right. Look at the result below, just a small sampling of what became the entire coat in roughly 15 minutes of heavy rain. Called Arc'teryx and did alot of research, goretex 40s doesn't hold onto DWR repellent (which keeps the water beading up and off the coat) very well. I instantly switched to a gore tex pro shell considering although it was a beautiful ski coat, i wanted to also be able to use it in the rain, and for that matter, not have to worry about it in the snow or baby it with constant DWR care. Backcountry's Jacob took excellent care of me, and told me it was most likely a defect in the material. But It wasn't tough to predict this would happen, and for $600... you can't put that right to sleep, no way kid. Considering how nice everything else is on this jacket, id be willing to give it another try simply to see if it indeed was a defect. Just putting this out there in terms of what I've seen so far. I also know they are discontinuing production of the cassiar after a phone call with Arc.