Pros: Super-light, great fit, silky fabric, good warmth level, well finished
Cons: Durability unknown, pricey for the amount of down
Bought this puffy from Sierra Trading Post with one of their 45% off coupons plus some other deal. It was $80 plus. Still not a cheap piece of clothing. When it arrived I was disappointed and almost sent it back. I was looking for something with more loft and warmth. At least I thought I was. I felt like a down garment that purportedly retails for $200 should have a significant amount of down in it, which this didn't seem to. It's very much a lightweight sweater, not an outer layer jacket, unless we are talking a rather mild spring or fall day with no wind and no thorns or tree bark.
Then I put it on. Wow. It is about the coziest, lightest thing you can imagine. It weighs 183gm according to my kitchen scale. That's 6.5 ounces, which I think is about half the weight of fleece layers I have that are equally warm. The Pertex shell fabric is very slick, very quiet, and very soft, in a way that makes moving in it super easy. Bet you didn't know you suffered from arm-torso friction syndrome! Well, you do, only you don't know it because you haven't worn this sweater. Anyway, I've been wearing it several times a week in the couple of months since I got it, and I am sold. It makes an exellent mid layer just under a ski parka. Of course if you work up a big sweat in bumps like I did one day last week in Vermont it's going to get soggy, like all down products. Don't know about durabilty, obviously. But the thing is very well finished. The fit is perfection. Not having the zipper go all the way down to the hem makes it feel more natural to sit in - on the lift, driving the car, whatever. In retrospect I'm glad I did not end up with a warmer, loftier jacket. This actually meets my needs better and is more versatile. I even wear it inside sometimes - it's that comfortable. Just don't get it near a sparking woodstove. :)