There are not many jackets out there constructed like this one with such a long cut.
It is very roomy with an athletic fit and will have no problem accommodating other mid layers underneath. If you find it a bit on the baggy side, the hidden waist cinch cords in the pocket will sort it no problem.
The nylon eVent face fabric is really durable, breathable and totally waterproof and Montane have gone above and beyond on the stitching and seams reducing weight and bulk but maintaining great strength. The hood has three points of adjustment, is helmet compatible with a wire peak, and the pockets on this jacket have been lined with a fine microfleece for added hand warmth. The inner mesh pocket is ideal for smaller essentials but easily accessible. The pockets don't interfere with hip belts or harnesses and have zip garages to cut down on abrasion.
The Direct Ascent is an excellent all year round waterproof shell suited for long days out on the hill in wet, stormy weather.