Robert Z.wrote a review of The North Face Apex Bionic 2 Hooded Softshell Jacket - Men's on March 14, 2015
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Love this jacket. Great for outer layer with exception of heavy rain. Definitely wind proof. Can tell right away that it blocks wind in blowing weather. Does fine in light rain as water beads, but I think it would leak through an extended and hard rain. Not meant to be waterproof, so might need hard shell over. Also, seems good down to about 25-30 degrees depending on base layers. Surprisingly warm for weight.
Good for active use with "stretchy" material. Relaxed fit allows for layering. Only down side is the cut of the sleeves. They are cut very tight and I have a difficult time getting the jacket on with anything but short sleeves or a thin base layer. The fleece in the sleeves seems to grab whatever you have on your arms since they are so tight. Only reason I'm giving a 4 instead of a 5. Have asked another owner when I saw him wearing in a store and he said he has the same problem. He also loved jacket otherwise. So, difficult to layer over anything bulky in the sleeves. Bought the hooded version as keeps my head and neck dry and warm with cold or rain. Easy to flip up, but wish it stowed to keep out of the way. It does not. Cinching the hood allows close fit with my head and face and does a good job turning with my head. So, does well in allowing unobstructed view, pet peeve of mine with other jackets.
Side pockets have meshy material inside so opening pockets allows for venting when getting warm. No pit zips. The upper chest pocket has small hole that allows you to snake your head phones cable inside your jacket from the IPod or MP3 player in that pocket up to your ears. . Guide loop inside.
Bought the hoodless version for my daughters and liked the style and quality so bought the hooded one for me. Thought the hood was definitely worth the extra $20 at regular price.
A bit pricey at MSRP of $170 but caught on sale for $110 so was a snag. Suspect I will love for long while to come. Cheers.