I love this jacket, period. I've tried a ton of different jackets from many brands, but never really got one that I loved as much as this one. Now, for me, I was looking for a minimalist yet rugged jacket for severe weather. I dont ski, so I didnt want a powder skirt, and I dont climb often, so I didnt need a big hood like the Alpha SV. I wanted something that I could wear when standing out in the rain, sleet, or snow for hours on end without getting wet, or hiking through dense brush without tearing apart. There isnt a single thing I dont like about this jacket except for two things; One, I personally prefer napolean pockets like on the Alpha SV, for phones, knives, ect, as opposed to the hand pocket type. Two, I wish you could cinch the actual collar tighter when the hood isnt up. Other than that, the pit zips are great length, the hood works great, its not too bulky, and its comfortable even in hot, humid weather, unless I'm in the sun since mine is black. In even the worst weather, I wear a wool baselayer, an Arc'Teryx Atom, and this on top, and am comfortable down into low single digits.
Also, while it is not made in the USA, I'm happy to see it's made in Canada at least. I'm sure a little of the extra cost is attributable to this, which I dont mind at all.