I mainly use this shell for skiing - both resort and storm or PNW backcountry skiing. I think that this is a solid workhorse-type shell. There's really nothing special about it, but that may be what makes it good. It's a good looking jacket, with clean lines (although in my opinion, it is not as well made as most Arc'teryx shells) and is relatively light. I got the large and it is fairly loose on me, allowing for layers and such. (I'm 6' tall, 175 lbs). I appreciate the fleece-lined handwarmer pockets and the high collar.