this is def a hardshell.
you are wrong. this jacket does stuff into its own pocket there are lts of neat videos on the internet that show this and it also show a cool little trick where you can roll the hood up and use the velcro with the jacket hook to make a collar and roll the hood up.
fully waterproof, super packable, def DURABLE, fit great. seem to run a size big tho, i am 5'10 160 and i am in a small. everything seem great, love to scuff pads on the back and the numerous belt loops!!!!
its has a built in liner so i would go atleast that. what i do know is if its not big enough you can send it back to BC and they will get you a bigger size very quickly.