Got a new shell. PSA: The North Face’s “Persian Orange” is very very very orange. Anyway, it’s a Ceptor 3-layer shell. Pretty minimalist but good construction. Has stretchy thumb loops that I’m a big fan of and folds into its hood for storage which is neat. That’s about it for features really. I’m 6’1” 160 lb. and an M fits well. Sleeves could be just a touch longer but any larger waist and the poweder skirt would be too loose. I grabbed it on end of season sale for $225. Retail was $320 which is pretty steep for what you get, but I’m happy with it for what I actually paid. My kids love it because combined with a white helmet it makes me really easy to find on the hill.

Oh yeah skied the local hill today. It was OK. Warming up here and the season is winding down. Got 3” overnight to freshen it up but there are choppy spots from freeze/thaw without snow since last weekend. Was kind of a mess with freezing rain the snow then sun then more freezing rain and now it’s snowing again but 38 degrees as I type this in the lodge. Just screwed around the beginner hill with my kids (6 and 9 years old). My older one is about ready to start riding greens all over the mountain but that might have to wait until next season unless we get one more big storm.

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Update: Better photos of the jacket. Its definitely not for everyone but I like it - much more than a TNF Thermoball Snow Triclimate that I bought earlier this winter and returned after wearing trying it on at home... I have enough old jackets to layer under a good shell to bother with a 3-in-1.

Lots of orange. With the sliver zippers this thing really does look like a traffic cone. The zippers are silver plastic, not metal. They are also YKK which is nice - some of The North Face’s cheaper jackets have no-name zippers that I’ve had wear out rather quickly.

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Pretty much the whole thing. Besides the black around the neck its pretty much solid obnoxious orange. Sorry about the dirty mirror in my kids’ bathroom.
Front has two hand pockets and two chest pockets. I think the chest pockets are angled to follow backpack straps. I haven’t tried it yet. There’s a pass pocket on the left sleeve. It shuts with velcro. I wish it was a zipper like some of The North Face’s other jackets.
Folded into its hood.

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Inside has a gray camo pattern. Not much else going on. You can see a headphone pass through from the outer left chest pocket, a goggle pocket, all of the seam taping. The powder skirt has a clip for hooking onto compatible pants. My pants are also from The North Face but they don’t have a loop for the hook.
There is a little patch of fleece at the neck/chin of the zipper closure. You can see here that this is just a thin 3-layer shell with no insulation to speak of, but it is heavier and more durable than a summer 2 or 2.5 layer shell with the waterproofing membrane exposed or under mesh on the inside. I used to wear insulated ski jackets, but anymore I prefer to just layer under a shell.
Stretchy thumb loops! For me another inch of length in the sleeves would help with range of motion when I’m using these, but I’d still rather have them than not.

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Decent sized underarm vents.