As some of you know I started looking in February for a replacement for the infamous 1997-vintage red jacket.
In mid-April I ended up with the Mountain Hardware Explorer 2. I also borrowed a different (slightly heavier) Mountain Hardware jacket from Admin in March while Air France was misplacing my luggage for 3 days. Mountain Hardware makes a bewildering selection of models. Most of them did have the integrated hood and multiple pocket features. For me the key issue is weight. It has to ventilate well and be comfortable on sunny California days, yet be able to seal up for wind and storms. Your criteria may be different.
Season length: 21 months, Nov. 29, 2010 - July 2, 2012
Days in one year: 80 from Nov. 29, 2010 - Nov. 17, 2011
Season vertical: 1,318K in 2010-11
Season powder: 291K in 2011-12