I have had this jacket for a couple months now and spring season in Michigan, I have needed it. In a complete downpour I was completely dry underneath. When I get back to my car, I take it off for a dry comfortable ride home, and within a 20-30 the jacket has almost dried completely after laying it out over my passenger seat. This jacket is great for climbing, specially alpine conditions when you need a hard shell. The pockets are up at the check leaving room for a harness to go around the waist, and has a synchronized down hood for a tighter fit around your head/helmet. Great product. The only down side is that when I where it out casually (not what it is designed for) I like to have pockets for my hands down low. But when your climbing in the alpine wearing a harness, this wouldn’t be an issue. For a better casual pocket situation, maybe check out the Beta series.