This is exactly what I wanted. I had tried the Patagonia Down Sweater that I got on my REI 20%off member sale. For me and my metabolism I found it wasn't warm enough. (Didn't keep me warm at 50*. What good is that?) So I returned it. I saw that the Hi-Loft jacket was the next step up in warmth over the Down Sweater. If I'm needing warmth I need/want something more substantial than a sweater weight jacket. This jacket fits the bill perfectly for me. Just standing around it keeps me comfortable in the low 40's and with exertion easily into the 30's and upper 20's. I've shoveled snow with a wind chill into the mid-teens and been comfortable. Yes, it is a bit heavier than the Down Sweater and packs a bit bigger. But for me warmth trumps a few extra ounces. The front hand pockets are cavernous. I stash hats, gloves, and hands in there no problem. The whole thing (minus hats and gloves of course!) packs into the zippered internal chest pocket. It would make a decent pillow if you are camping. I would say the fit is just a bit large. I am 6' 2" and about 220lbs. The sleeve length is perfect and the jacket has a slight drop tail design that covers my butt like I want. There is also an elastic drawstring around the bottom hem of the jacket that works easily and well.
My only small complaint is I wish the hood were cut a little fuller to cover my cheeks better. There is a single elastic drawstring adjustment on the back of the hood that snugs the hood around the face, but even doing that it still doesn't cover my cheeks really well.
My main use for this jacket so far has been after skiing and general wear. I bought the Ash color. It's not quite as brown as the picture on the website. My wife says it has a bit of a gold tinge to it. I'll take her word for it, LOL! Still like it though.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for something warmer than the Down Sweater but still wants a relatively lightweight, packable down jacket.