I was looking for a truly mid weight down jacket, and this fit the bill for me. Flattering cut and more attractive in person than the product photos make it seem. Lofty 800 down in good quantities make this jacket a real step above "down sweater jackets" in terms of warmth, but it is cut well enough and slim enough that you can comfortably put it under a waterproof shell (it's hydrophobic down but I live in the PNW). You could layer with it for extra warmth or use it in more high activity situations without overheating too much. I also tried the Infinity Endurance, and that is a WARM down jacket, a bit overkill for my needs. This jacket hits the sweet spot for me and represents a really good value in terms of gear for that reason. I have to disagree with the other reviewer about pocket size, I don't think the front pockets are very big. Will fit lighter to medium gloves but not very insulated ones. Also didn't think the pockets were very deep for putting your hands into, but the other qualities of the jacket make up for this. Zipper is nice, hood is functional and adjustable. Light weight makes it great for backpacking. I'll be using it in the mountains, at camp and in town. Not sure about the Velcro to fasten the hood down, but I suspect that is a feature for climbers in windy or other conditions (dunno, I don't climb). Anyways, I'm really pleased with the jacket. Runs a bit large in my opinion. I'm hardly a size small in any clothes I own (usually a medium) but the small is a good fit for me. Arm length is good and long.