This is hands down one of the best new shells for the 2011-12 ski season. Im not sure that youd be able to find a better one and youd be hard pressed to find one as good.
Patagonia definitely hit a homerun with their Mens Primo Jacket. Yes, I could go on and on about how this jacket features a 3-layer recycled nylon shell with waterproof/breathable GORE-TEX Performance Shell and a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish, all of the additional technical aspects of the jacket, and go into in-depth detail about Patagonias commitment to the environment, but you can easily find all of that info on their site. Its clearly a technically superior shell. What makes this jacket truly special is the fact that every part of it performs in the harshest conditions, it fits great and looks awesome.
My major qualm with a lot of technical outerwear is that its too minimalistic, missing features I love, two slim fitting to be comfortable, loaded with features that dont work well together and has a mountaineering look.