I bought this jacket (version without pit-zips) on sale for a little over $200... Best decision in buying a jacket I ever made. I just took it through the rough terrain of the Himilayas..no problem Then it was to the pouring rain and howling wind of the Patagonia, but I don't even think the inside of my jacket even knows what wind or rain is! It's been through hot and cold, but either way it performed professionally. You seriously don't need the pit-zips, which I was concerned about before getting the jacket...eVent is that good. The design, weight, looks, and performance are awesome, and even when I didn't think it could get any better, I noticed the washing instructions on the tag in my tent one evening, and it says to wash it frequently... Normally with previous coats I've had, I try not to wash it too often in fear of loosing the fabrics qualities to quickly. However, this jacket seems to be asking for the rain! If you find it on sale like I did, you'll have a perma-smile anytime you have to pull it out for the elements.