...if you care about weight and breathability, that is. If you're someone who needs a hardshell, you should be using eVent or DryQ, period. The breathability difference over GoreTex is no joke, and I say this as a big sweaty guy who can steam up a shell walking uphill for a block. For 90% of backpacking trips, climbing trips, or throw-it-in-the-bottom-of-your-pack convenience, the Quasar can't be beat. 10.2oz in an XL! Totally waterproof! Awesome thumbloops that I want on all my jackets! Cons? The hood could use another adjustment point, and people will expect you to exhibit the stamina and ability of Ueli, since you're wearing his shell.