First of all this is the quality piece you would expect for an Arcteryx! THe cut is generous, but not relaxed. Huge helmet compatible helmet, longer cut, articulated sleeves and 80D goretex pro shell!
This would be the perfect storm day skiing shell except for the terrible pockets! I'm not a big guy so my jacket was size small, but I also have small hands I use small in pretty much all brands (Hestra, Black Diamond, Smartwool). The two hand pockets are not pack friendly, they could work with some effort but I would put anything I reach out for regularly. The two chest pockets are there just to add weight to the jacket! They are too small and I can barely put my bare hands inside to grab stuff, that was a deal breaker for me, since I couldn't care less for features that add weight and are useless. If you have practice grabbing stuff from your pockets using two fingers or don't mind taking your gloves off in cold, snowy days this jacket might be the one for you!
The quality and attention to detail is what you would expect. The fit is amazing, it's somewhere between the Rush and Theta SVX, the collar and hood are a little higher, bigger than the ones in the Rush but not as nice as the ones on the Theta SVX.
To me both the Rush and Theta SVX are better options, the Rush is a 80D/40D jacket, but it's lighter and has a more trim fit, but it's also an amazing piece and it doesn't come with useless chest pockets. The Theta SVX is simple the best shell ever made by Arcteryx!
I bought these 3 jackets and kept the Rush and Theta SVX, and if you are interested in the Caden I would look elsewhere if you care to use pockets!
One note about size, I think it's true to size, I've tried many different jackets Rush, Theta SVX, Sabre, Caden, Alpha SV and yes they fit different, but I'd be happy with any in size Small, some have a longer cut, others a longer sleeve, but I wouldn't be in a different size for any model!
Giving a 3 stars due to the quality of the garment!