I couldn't tell from the picture if this sweater coat was just a glorified sweat, as in sweat shirt. I ordered it anyway because it looks nice and hangs nice in the picture. I was very pleased when it arrived and found that it is a fine gauge knit, that is a little fluffy on the inside (don't know how they do that). It is indeed a sweater and a very nice one. The fit is roomy but not overly large. I usually wear a large and this size large is perfect for me. The hood is extremely sturdy due to the berber lining, not like a "hoody" at all. And when I wear it with the hood down it keeps my neck warm. It hits me at the knees like I was hoping. It keeps me warm on cold winter days, but probably wouldn't be warm enough in sub freezing weather. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because it's a bit pricy for a sweater coat, but I've looked far and wide and this was the best looking one I've seen.