Softshells used to be great for walking around town after the ski day, but they didn't have the waterproof capabilities to really be true ski jackets for most situations not any more. Outdoor Research created the Men's Trickshot Jacket to be a true big mountain bomber of a coat, with the waterproof, fully seam taped performance of the hardest of shells but with the supreme comfort and movement mirroring stretch of a softshell. The Pertex Shield softshell fabric is ultra breathable and is exclusive to Outdoor Research. When you're out bootpacking that ridgeline to your secret powder spot, you'll appreciate that Outdoor Research gave this puppy an ultra comfortable and soft grid fleece backing. It also gave this thing features like helmet compatible hood, zip out powder skirt, CrossFlo temperature regulation, and an integrated Recco reflector. Does your old softshell have all that' No, probably not.