I agree the pockets are a little weird. On the flip side, if you forget to zip them shut, they do a good job of keeping your stuff in there. I've done it few times and the items have stayed in place due to the design of the flaps. I haven't tried the hood with my helmet on, as I rarely want that. I'll have to check it out. I am using the current years jacket, so there might be some tweaks to the design. I wish the main zipper was a double, so that I could unzip the jacket upward to make getting to my beacon a little easier when I am wearing all my crap. Minor gripe though and most people won't have this issue.
Overall, I really like the jacket. It's been my go to this season so that says something.