The best, simply, purely
The Stingray is by far the best of the best all around for winter, fall, and spring alpine and physical activities. I have used the sidewinder, but the neck actually makes it worse and it is hardshell so no real use other than ski/board (as it looks space like worn out to music etc) the gamma softshells are nice but not waterproof. The alpha comp comes close but the Stingray adds wind near proofness, a pit zip system, and a light brushed internal layer. By far this beats the need for hardshells for all but the truest mountaineers. Great for Vermont winter runs, boarding, climbing, and wearing out. One wish is a cinch on hood and neck. Other than this TOPS!