I originally hesitated to spend so much when I knew I could get similar jackets for about half as much, but working at 5,000 ft in all kinds of weather I wanted the best. This is all around the best fitting, toughest jacket I have ever worn. It might not be rainproof or a wind stopper but it is darn close to both. On really cold days I wear a level 3 base layer underneath and thats it, no big, bulky, puffy parks. The hood is great, and I like how it has a little bit of a brim to keep water from dripping down onto your face. I have laid in the dust and dirt and left it in the back of a dirty pickup and clean up is just a wipe down with a wet rag.
If you play or work in an area that has frequent weather changes, and know how to layer properly in really cold weather this is the jacket for you.