I think the debate about zippers on pockets really depends what you do with them. Personally i never put my hands in my jacket pockets, it stretches them out and you end up with wide open gaping pockets that look like crap. Zippers will prevent that from happening and will also make sure that any objects you keep in there stay in there. What i would do is get zippers, but ask for the puller to be located at the bottom when closed, so that it looks more balanced with closed zippers, which is how i wear the jacket 99% of the time. IF i need the pocket, i unzip it, stick something in and zip it back up. They are never left open.