Ok so im looking for a soft shell that:
-is non-membrane, breathes well and is quick drying
-is highly wind resistent
-is water resistent enough to deal with snow and maybe light rain (although breathability and drying are more important than waterproofing)
-has useful pockets - ideally 2 mesh lined napoleon ones and maybe handwarmers too (montane sabretooth has the right idea!)
-is cut on the longer side. why are soft shells always so short?!?
-has a hood that will fit over a snowboard helmet (ive tried a few "helmet compatible" hoods that dont)
-in an imaginary wonderful world, has a snow skirt! do any soft shells have them?
uses will be mainly winter mountaineering and snowboarding.
currently i have a litespeed windshirt that is awesome - quick drying, breathable, windproof but is a little flappy on the way down, and falls short on the pocket options. hence why a more "jacket-like" softshell could be better? also it has a tendency to bunch up around my waist (along with my other "climbing cut" jackets) so i think a longer fit could be good. considering how little time many outdoors users spend in a harness i find it odd how popular the "alpine cut" is!
currently the best looking options ive seen are the montane sabretooth (although whats the drying time like with powershield pro? getting into membrane territory...?) and alpine stretch. although all their jackets are cut annoyingly short. also tried the mountain equipment orbital awhile ago and the cut was horrible!
so hoping ive missed something! dont mind about brand names or if its a ski company or a climbing company. have come to realise these days its all a fashion statement wherever you look (except maybe buffallo!) but do still trust the climbing/walking side of things more for publishing weights and materials better and having less silly websites!