Thanks Rob, for the reply.
I don't mind warm, as I have a tough time keeping warm as it is. But yes, a hardshell can certainly be "too much."
I want versatility for layering, as well as cold/wind/moisture protection.
I'm with you though, their stuff is hugely expensive so I'm always on the lookout on eBay. I just won't fork out $600 smackers for a jacket, even if I could. As it is, an Alph SV will still set you back a minimum of $300 to $400. Ouch. However, if people like it, and it's a great product that lasts, and is highly useful/versatile for alpine ascents, I'm considering it.