Overall the jacket does exactly what it is supposed to, and it looks good. If you're looking for a shell to keep the wind off your back and the rain away from your layers, get this shell.
It is advertised as windproof and waterproof, and it is just that. Rumor has it that meteorologists measure wind chill by wrapping their thermometer in an Arc'teryx shell and seeing how much the red line goes down. If it rains where you live, get this jacket.
There were three different colors this year. A light green, an orange, and a black. All are very nice, and not too over the top as some light green and orange jackets can be.
The jacket retails at $650.00, and is worth every penny. Arc'teryx backs all their products with a lifetime warranty which helps justify the price tag. Unfortunately, like most high end brands, you probably are paying a bit more just to wear the logo.
The Arc'teryx Sidewinder SV shell fits the way your father would want it to fit perfectly. If you're looking for a shell that is going to let everybody know you never leave the park, than this is the wrong jacket for you. If you want a jacket that will keep you and your layers underneath the shell dry all day, than get this jacket.
Wash is properly and it will work just as well as it did when you bought it.