The negative reviews may have been valid but don't match my experience. I appreciate the thoughtful and sharp design, and it is in fact warmer than it seems, complemented by how lightweight it is at less than a pound. The pockets don't accept rainwater easily (improvement over a problem I've had with similar jackets) and the wind doesn't get in through the space between the snap buttons. I haven't tried washing it yet but anticipate dry cleaning it to be safe. It's not really a riding jacket but might serve that purpose well anyway, just not at the same level as other Chrome gear--this one is more aesthetically than functionally oriented, although for me it's good in both ways.