I was looking to upgrade from the normal synthetic fleece jacket that I use here in SoCal during the late fall, winter, and early spring. I found myself replacing them every 2 or 3 years because the zippers would fail, cuffs would wear out, etc. Yeah, I know it's SoCal, but where I live, it can get a little chilly, even down into the 30's at night although 40's and 50's is more common. I've used this jacket several times now in cool, dry weather and also layered under a Goretex rain jacket during a rare rainstorm. I have not been disappointed. As for durability, time will tell. Overall, I am very pleased with this jacket but, I sort of expected I would be, as my wife and I have been very happy with the other items that we have purchased.