I wear this coat in town and walking to and from the station. Hood really useful on windy station platforms! Wish the coat blocked the wind a bit better though. I didn't get wet in a recent heavy shower as the rain beads on the surface. The zip, however, I find quite tricky - hard to engage and on the first coat I got it stuck altogether, fortunately at the bottom! Even the zips on the pockets stick a bit. I chose size Small and it was a nice fit but with room for layering if necessary.