I have been a proud owner of the Alpha SV for 3 or 4 years now and have not been disappointed. The best thing about this jacket is the fit. Just the right amount of fabric for layering but no more, fits better than any other jacket I tried on. After many trips snowshoeing, mountaineering, and hiking the jacket still looks new, a testament to the durability of the fabric. The hood is easy to adjust and fits great with or without a helmet. Napoleon pockets are easy to access with a pack on and are quite large. I only have 1 minor complaint. The waterproof zippers slide a little tightly making opening the pit zips a little tricky (sometimes I need to hold the sleeve cuff with my non zipping hand). Haven't ever had any problems with the zippers leaking. I found mine for 1/2 price, but If I had the cash I wouldn't hesitate paying full price.