This coat is amazing. I just moved to a fairly extreme climate for a year. I thought I knew what winter was up in the Northeast/practically Canada, but boy it turns out that I had just been guessing at it all these years. My erstwhile solution was to tough it out by combining a wool sweater from Eddie Bauer (awesome) and a dress coat (less awesome), since our next destination is probably going to be the South. My husband finally convinced me that this was insane in weather that had been hanging out around 10°F for a month. So I wanted a coat with some versatility, and this is what I got. That wind-breaking shell is worth every penny. We apparently are in the same weather pattern as Mongolia here, and that makes a big difference. If I put the hood up and stand in the sun I can pretend that I am in Bermuda; and yet, I can go stand in my husband's over-heated office building and not feel hot and bothered at all, even if I do not unzip the ventilation flaps. It keeps me dry in the rain, too. Plus, as you can see from the pictures, the inner lining is removable; thus I can probably get away with making this my winter coat next year, too. Rain, snow, humidity, I am good. I even took it hiking
up a mountain, and I neither over-heated nor froze. I am not going to lie, I was a little unsure about the color; The North Face
does make it in black with pink trim, but since I did not want to pay extra, Zappos definitely hit it out of the park. I can assure everyone that the purple is not as scary-bright as it looks in the pictures, and the gray will not make you look yellow.