I selected this parka for back-country XC skiing, snowshoeing and camping. I tend to go out in bad weather and I sweat a lot, so moisture control is a big issue. A week or so ago I went on an XC ski trip in a storm, and this parka was bombproof. I did get wet inside, despite the pit zips, but I probably should have removed one of my inner layers, or slowed down, since the trip out was uphill. Even so, I was warm and comfortable while being blasted by wind and snow, and I did not fasten the snow skirt or tighten any drawstrings. So, as a storm shelter this parka is great.
Bonus points for extra long sleeves; this can be a problem with many jackets but not this one. One snap went missing from the snow skirt but I attribute that to in-store damage; my wife bought it at a local store. I know I could return it to MH but I don't see the point; this parka already does exactly what I want it to do and the snaps are not the only closure system for the skirt.
The jacket does not compress much but it does fit into a daypack along with an emergency fleece blanket and all the usual stuff.