This is a pretty burly shell for winter activities. The pit-zips are nice, as are pockets. After I got used to them, I became a fan of the higher placement of the pockets, allowing me to stash maps or a few cliff bars. The internal mesh pocket is also great for stashing smaller accessories. This thing is also damn near bulletproof. I've gotten into several arguments with trees and the Exposure II has made it through every one of them unscathed. It's also very warm, and allows room for lots of layering if you so desire.This parka does have a couple of down sides that prevent me from giving it five stars. First, the hood is not helmet compatible. But as another reviewer mentioned, with just a beanie on, the hood feels huge. Secondly, if you're doing anything aerobic (i.e. skinning) this jacket heats up quickly and can begin to feel a bit clammy once it does. If you're looking for a good backcountry jacket, I'd head towards the softshell aisle.All in all, a very good price/performance parka.