Unlike GoreTex shells, this fabric is soft and quiet (and breathes). Love the long pit zips and tons of pockets both inside and out--and one on the sleeve. I also like the toothed front zipper (the one used the most) vs. the more difficult to operate zip-lock like sliders (which are used on the pockets). The cuff seals are easily adjustable though I'd like a little elastic also for removing the jacket without re-adjusting tightened cuffs. The fit easily accommodates layers underneath, probably even a down layer, but it feels a little like wearing a box--a mid-coat adjustment bungee would help when wearing unlayered. The hood lacks a rear height adjustment but is adequately adjustable without a helmet (haven't tried a helmet yet). Definitely a premium jacket though, and at the sales price, this thing is a steal!