I got this jacket this winter season to replace many seasons of Men's Burton AK cyclic jackets that I'd grown accustomed to wearing. I loved how roomy the AK fit of a men's jacket was, it gave me substantial length and maneuverability. It was the whole reason I went away from women's coats in the first place-- I didn't want it hugging my hips, or too short in the length that it kept skooching up my back. Most women's jackets are fashion before much function, so I had just stuck with guy's jackets for awhile to alleviate that problem. But after 4 or 5 seasons of riding in dude clothes, I wanted to see if I could get back on the horse and find women's outerwear that didn't sacrifice performance, function, or maneuverability, but allowed me to regain SOME of my identity as a female on the hill. This jacket was my happy compromise. I'm SO glad I found it!
While tighter than what I was used to (anything but a trash bag would have felt constricting when compared to what I was used to), I've dramatically gotten used to my new outerwear, and it's incredibly comfortable. I usually ride with a single underlayer underneath (a thicker Cilla fleece pullover top), though depending on the weather I can sometimes get away with something even thinner. Because of the AK line's unbeatable water and windproofing, it protects a lot and helps me hold my heat in, even if it is only just a shell. Another plus: the magenta/ cranberry ("poison") color is deep, vibrant, and beautiful. It's feminine without being overtly "pink", which I appreciate.
My one gripe (as with most women's jackets) is the lack of functional pockets. I'm always ragingly jealous of my guy friends' plethora of inside and outside pockets in their coats. While it does make the silhouette of the women's jacket a little more unobstructed and streamlined, for functionality sake, it'd be great to have a breast pocket or two (it does have two waist pockets and an internal media pocket, FYI). You can never have too much storage, though!
One more downside: I'm not sure why, but on EVERY description of this jacket, it mentions a "Removable powder skirt". ....It's definitely not removable, unless you're not shy with a pair of scissors to cut it out. It's sewn in as a part of the jacket, and isn't something you can just pop in and out. Just a head's up if that's something you're looking for in your gear!