I've had a critical opinion of soft-shells for a number of years.
While I still maintain that their versatility and environmental appropriatedness is limited, I have been coming around to their use a bit more over the past year or so. I have a pair of pants that I am quite smitten with and have been considering giving a jacket another shot. Over at Cold Thistle, Dane Burns recently completed a series comparing different soft-shell jackets and their appropriateness for climbing. Now he has published a selection of reader comments that were elicited by the reviews.