This is a great jacket -- it's a pefect "outsdoors" jacket, but it's also very stylish. However, I do have one major reservation... it's not washing machine-friendly! The reason it wound up in the washing machine was becasue I spilled a bottle of black cherry soda all over over. The brilliant part - the soda literally just rolled right off... no stains (I had the gray), no major wetness! It's a fabulous material.
Alas, the washing machine chewed it up a bit. It says wash on delicate, but be very careful, especially if you have a more "industrial" washing machine. The seam along the zipper and buttons (on both sides) separated quite a bit leaving clumps of dangling thread. REI is great and took it back, but despite this imperfection, and the jacket is still so awesome I got a new one. If you have to wash it, I would make sure it's in a garment bag and on the lowest, most delicate cycle possible.. or maybe consider handwashing it.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend