All Around Great Layer
I love this jacket. Mountain Hardwear made the perfect down jacket for wearing under a shell. I get frustrated with super puffy down jackets when I am active in the mountains because I cannot fit my shells over them. So when it is very windy or cold, you lose warmth by having the shell jacket under the down. This layer is hooded to keep your head extra warm when needed, and it is light enough to always stuff in the pack in case it gets colder than you expect. I just brought it on our new years ski into a remote lodge- didn't need it on the way up, but on the way down, it was essential. I was also pleased to note that I was not the only one with this layer.