I own a ventile trench. Don't own the Norwegian Rain jacket, but I tried it on and examined it pretty well. I like both a lot. A regular ventile trench would be more formal and classic, but the NR jacket has a lot of appeal. Styleistically, it's techy but subtly so. Practically, it'd be better for serious cold, rain, or wind, since it's truly waterproof and has the hood, collar, and lining. If I lived somewhere cold and rainy, I'd want both.