I'm no ice climber, I bought this soft shell for hitting the slopes. I threw it on over a base layer and mid layer and it performed perfectly. Easy to move in, great insulation. The sleeves aren't wide enough to tuck my ski gloves in, but that was the only negative I could find. Great pockets on the inside, but no regular hand warming pockets. I just had to adjust how I store my goggle wipe, etc.