The gilet has been worn several times. It is extremely warm and comfortable, and fits well. It has the advantage if leaving the arms comparatively free, while keeping the vital areas of the spine and the head warm. The cut is feminine and flattering (others we looked at made my wife look like a hunch-back, or roly-poly!).
Only down-side found so far is the lack of a double zip. There are occasions when it would be useful to have the facility to run the zip up from the bottom as well as down from the top.