It was a tough call whether to give the Editors' Choice to the Squamish or the Houdini. The Houdini is a little lighter and does fold into a smaller size. If being the absolute lightest is most important to you, get the Houdini. However, we like the fact that the Squamish has wrist cuffs, articulated arms, a better hood, and overall just feels more like a jacket. We used the Squamish skiing in the back country, but were less likely to use the Houdini or other windbreakers for such intense activities.
This jacket is really expensive. For less than half the price the Marmot Trail Wind is a great option. It didn't perform quite as well but it performs well enough that for some it will be hard to justify spending $150 on a windbreaker. That said, this is now one of the layers we use the most. So if you break the price down into dollars used per day, this Squamish is one of the best deals out there.
The Editors' Choice award winning Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody is available in new colors! This award winning wind breaker has seen a $9 increase (now costing $159) and you will now find that this hoody is available in a whole slew of new colors.