mambwe wrote: If it is 20 degrees without wind or rain would you be hiking in a Hard Shell?
At 20* with no wind or rain, I'll have a thin long-sleeve base layer on at most - no shell of any type.
When either wind or precipitation kicks into gear, I've recently gone to wearing a very lightweight (7oz) hard shell down from my somewhat heavier 14oz hard shell.
Different people achieve comfort in different ways and while I grasp the soft shell concept, and have owned three or four of the better ones on the market, I'm decidedly happier with a base layer or two and a thin hard shell. YMMV