For cool, dry conditions soft shells are great and really come into their own. Highly wind resistant and breathable, they are ideal for active outdoor pursuits on the hill or mountain. The Upslope soft shell has a high gauge knit back in a very stretchy fabric for excellent freedom of movement. It also has a flexible Polymer, peaked helmet compatible hood and storm flap behind the central zip to eliminate cold spots. There are two YKK zipped chest pockets, two concealed zipped hand warmer ones, plus an inner security pocket for valuables. There is even on one the arm so plenty of places to store gear, snacks and gloves. The cuffs are Velcro adjustable and helps keep the jacket in position when moving fast or climbing. Designed in a regular fit to allow for layers underneath.