Well, I'd been lookin' for love in all the wrong places, at least when it came to jackets. That is, until I found this gem. It may not be perfect for everybody or every occasion, but this thing was flat awesome on the hills this past winter. Whether it was snowin' and blowin or the blue birds were singing this jacket provided the protection needed and the ventilation desired to constantly remind me of how great gear makes for great days. And, I really appreciate how well-built this jacket is. So, for those of you considering going with a softshell and you have the funds to buy it, then do just that: buy it.