When my husband needed a new jacket it was because his old The North Face Summit Series Shell went missing and he was in the market for a no frills, lightweight jacket that could withstand the storm days and keep you warm and dry when using it with proper layering. This jacket was the perfect match for that, and bonus points for being at a reasonable price point as well. It has 3 large pockets on the front which is really all you need. The 2 lower chest pockets are nice and big and can hold your gloves, hats, whatever, with plenty of room to spare. The upper left chest pocket is his favorite as it matches up well with where your chest strap would go across, thereby making it very easy to open and close while touring with your pack on. The extra large hood fits over any helmet very easily as well and he likes the reinforced hood part to wear with a flit brim as well when just hanging out in the sun.
It has a small media pocket on the inside, which he doesn't really use as he usually throws his cellphone into his bib pants’ front pocket.
With his old The North Face jacket, the zippers had big plastic tongues on the zippers to easily grip with gloves, the Flylow jacket only has small string/rope pulls on the zippers which are sometimes tricky to grip when you have big gloves on in the middle of a storm. Also, the sizing runs a bit large, he bought a large and is almost swimming in the thing, so feel free to be pretty modest on the sizing. Other than that, it’s a great technical shell jacket that is super lightweight and at a great price. He's stoked.