Personally I don't consider this a technical piece compared to other fleeces I own, but this one looks damn good (got the dark blue/purple color) and does the job as a casual everyday fleece. Very soft inside and out. I wish the soft plush material lined the kangaroo pouch pocket. The pouch is my favorite part. I throw everything in there. The stand-up collar is awesome because it always stands up even when unbuttoned, unlike some collars that fold over like a polo shirt collar. One tiny gripe is that sleeve cuff isn't the stretchiest, so it feels a little tight when pulling the sleeves up. Got the XS and it fits relaxed, not tight and fitted and the collar buttoned up is just right without feeling like its choking me. Another awesome thing about this is that it comes in pretty much every color of the rainbow (not all on backcountry.com, but check out the patagonia website). Might go for the hooded one next.