About a year ago I picked up the Triolet before running to the hills on a big skiing and ice climbing trip. It was down to this and the Leashless jacket - Backcountry hooked me up with a free shipping label so I could buy both, choose which one I liked, and return the other - and I kept this puppy for the fit and GoreTex Pro. It has almost been a full year now and I couldn't be happier. The Triolet excels at everything from skiing at A-Basin and ice climbing in Ouray to carrying 70-80 pound loads during high-country storms in the Sawatch. The fit is just baggy enough that I can get my hooded 750-fill down jacket underneath to layer on really cold days, but doesn't leave me looking like a skater/snowboarder when I use it alone as a rain jacket. It's cut long enough to fit under a harness, and the arms are long enough to allow one to reach up and swing a tool overhead without pulling the bottom of the jacket up. The high-quality material and huge pit zips let you dump heat when needed, and the hood is big enough to comfortably fit over a climbing helmet unless you cinch it down to keep that favorite hat dry. Expensive? Maybe, but it'll save money in the long run because this dude does a little bit of everything and seems like it will last forever. I work as a youth backpacking guide in the summers around Leadville, and this year it never left my pack, never got washed, and never let moisture in. After that eight week torture test and a wash, it still looks new. I've trusted the Triolet in everything from early-season mountaineering blizzards at 13,800 to humid late-summer rainstorms while fishing in the southland, and you should too.