As with anything North Face, the quality of this jacket is exceptional. It has a great fit, great durability, fantastic weatherproofing and great breathability. I thought that it is a nice addition to see that North Face has managed to get their jackets not only working techy but looking fairly good too.
I'd say if you're looking for some 'hood' gear, this is probably not really up your alley, but if you're looking to be dry and look good you're right on track.
The two part jacket also gives great versatility options. The inner jacket is a nice warm and light insulated layer, while the outer can double as a rain jacket or shell in a pinch. Together and you'll be warm enough to survive on colder days, though if you're out on a real quebec freezer I'd probably stick to your down puffy coat.
I ski on the east coast, so I was looking for a really warm jacket I can use during our really cold days. I chose the Madplaid from North Face, and I'm glad I did.
The jacket is a two piece, so the inner liner and shell can be separated and worn individually. Furthermore, the inner liner is reversible and can be worn in two styles.
One thing I noticed right away was that the zipper of the liner didn't attach to the shell like they do on some other jackets, requiring the liner and shell to be zipped up separatly. At first I thought it would be annoying, but this actually had a few nice benefits. First of all, two sets of zippers and flaps really help to keep the heat in and the wind out. Second of all, it's possible to get to the goggle and MP3 player pockets on the shell without exposing your core.
From a technical standpoint this jacket is excellent. There are plenty of pockets inside and out, and the quality is exceptional. Combine the double zipper with the lack of underarm vents, and you have a jacket that really keeps the wind out on cold days.
Style wise I think the jacket looks pretty darn good. I do wish however that the reversible liner had a more different pattern on one side. Both sides are just flat black, the only difference being the stiching and pocket placement.
Overall an excellent jacket, I highly recommend it.