My husband bought me this for my birthday. I recently lost a lot of weight and I'm always painfully cold. It is the only thing that has kept me warm this winter. Even warmer than an expensive Cabela's jacket I regret buying. He got me the purple one, which is sooo pretty! Up close there's pink and blue marbled in it. It is warm for a zip up. I think we all have settled with cheap zip ups we fool ourselves into thinking they'll be warm, but are really just for looks. Settle no more, seriously. This is the best sweater you'll buy. It's warm without the bulk, which also allows for layering if needed. The hood stays in my head even with my really big, curly hair, down, in a bun or a ponytail. The extra inch+ of zipper on the neck is genius. It helps keep the hood up too. It's amazing how much more warmth it provides as well. It's a nice chin/mouth tucker if the snow is blowing in your face while walking. The zipper is durable and slick. Usually hefty zippers are a pain. They lock up or bind, not this. It's like a hot knife in butter. I seriously recommend this sweater. I want to find the men's equivalent so my husband can have one too. Everytime I put it on I melt because I love it so much.!!