I am a female, but usually prefer male jackets. I had been looking for months for an ultrathin, hoodless puffer that didn't look like all the rest of them out there. I stumbled on this from an ad on Facebook and after reading the reviews decided to give it a try. I work at a year-round camp in NY so need good layers...this jacket does not disappoint. Great for layering, but also great as a top piece. It's also got an out-of-the-box design with the hybrid model so people ask "where did you get that - it's great!"...and the hybrid design allows it to move really freely and not feel constricted in the least. Lastly, it has a classy look to it due to the buttons versus zipper, horizontal quilting, and matte fabric. I have never purchased anythign from Mountain Standard, but will now be trying to decide my next purchase. I would recommend highly.