I've been snowboarding for 19 years and have always struggled to find outerwear that meets my demands. I spend over 150 days on the snow in a typical season, many of those being on a snowmobile. This is the only outerwear that I've ever owned that not only meets, but far exceeds my expectations. It is as waterproof as gore-tex, far more breathable than gore-tex, and is more durable than anything I've ever owned. I expect to have this jacket for at least 3 to 4 seasons. I've put this jacket through hell and it keeps on running. If you can afford it...Buy this jacket. If you're looking for something a little cheaper look at the nightwitch II pullover. It's the same quality but about $60 cheaper. Also, the waterproof rating on this jacket is 20k, not 15 as advertised. The one thing about Homeschool outerwear that is a little tricky is their sizes. I usually wore XL outerwear but it seems the Homeschool stuff runs a bit bigger so I downsized to Large with their outerwear. Also, the zippers are heavy duty but a little stickier at first, they loosen up though. Their baselayer and midlayer seems to run true though....Bottom line, if you can afford it, BUY THIS JACKET....you will not regret it.