I will start by saying that I have been on a saga for buying the right rain jacket without spending too much money. I live in a dry climate but will be working for the summer in a subtropical zone. I wanted to find a jacket that would be lightweight and compact for sporadic rains at home in the high desert, but would be waterproof and breathable enough to hold up to the hotter and more wet conditons of my summer work site. After trying a couple of jackets from other brands, I was disappointed. The first was a thin laminate shell that was light and waterproof, but felt like a greenhouse inside. The second was Gore-tex and was more breathable and still very waterproof, but was heavy and crunchy feeling. I decided to take a look at Outdoor Research products, as I know the brand has a great reputation. After much research I found the Interstellar, which was the ideal jacket for my situation, but a little more than I could justify spending. I kept looking around and came across the Valley Jacket. From the review I read it seemed like a good compromise. It may not be ultra breathable like the Interstellar, but for the savings I thought I would give it a try, and I'm glad I did! The jacket is super light, and has a very soft feel in comparison to many rain shells. I wore it in the rain for the first time today, and the surface repelled water as well as any other rain shell I have used, and it felt really breathable. I am curious to see how it performs during field work this summer! My only complaint is that the jacket runs a bit wide. I tend to like things to be a slimmer fit, but that is not a huge concern for me with rain jackets - function is the priority! I got the Oasis color, and it is brighter than it looks on the website, which works for me! I am very satisfied to find such a great shell at an affordable price.