Considering this is the cheapest softshell Black's offer, it is remarkably effective. I wouldn't take it into the mountains, but for country walks, gardening (mud falls off relatively well) and general life in the cold, wet NW winter, it has been perfect, keeping me warm and dry. Pockets are large enough for wallet, keys, phone. On the downside, at a mere 171cm, the Small is a touch too long in body and arms. If I bought again (but no signs of wear, so not likely), I would choose a more subtle colour combo.