I had the first generation Hooded Rain Jacket, and while it looks great, it didn't perform well. The hood was designed for helmet clearance, and the cords didn't hold it tight without - they just slipped every few minutes. Also there was no rigid brim, so it just dripped on my forehead in anything other than light rain.
It's a GoreTex Paclite type material - which isn't very durable.
I don't know if any of this got fixed in the second generation, but I switched to a Patagonia Torrentshell for commuting (after trying and returning the Commuter jacket). Not as breathable, but 1/3 of the price and probably will last longer.
Still love my Softshell though, but only gets a few outings a year when it's cold enough.