Last year I was searching desperately for a soft shell to take up Denali and after trying a few different makes and models I found this great piece from Arc’Teryx. It performs flawlessly over a wide range of conditions, keeping out snow, wind and rain with equal aplomb. Breathability is excellent.
The intelligent design includes a versatile hood that fits just right and can be snugged down to turn with your head, reflecting the signature tailored fit that Arc’Teryx is famous for. The only thing I wonder about is whether the pockets might work better if the openings were towards the center, rather than towards the arms, for ease of access.
The Sigma SV is a soft shell for hard conditions and highly recommended.