Although I very seldom climb Alpine north faces in winter, I just find a hood is a really useful feature on a jacket. The presence of one extends the range of conditions the garment can be used in, and I don't find it a nuisance when not in use. If the wind is strong enough to make the hoof flap around, then it's probably time to put it on my head.
This looks like quite a nice and useful jacket, but it does bring to mind Andy Kirkpatrick's pithy comment about softshell tops without hoods. It was something like: "Softshell — more like soft as shite."
I have a Lifeventure insulated mug which keep drinks hot for a few hours, but an obvious problem is that it loses a lot of heat when you're actually drinking out of it, leading to any second drink out of it being pretty cool. Also, the insulation just isn't that effective. Much more efficient is my 300ml Thermos Ultimate flask, which can keep drinks hot from one day to the next.
I generally carry my water in a Nalgene bottle fitted with a Humangear CapCap, which I find easier to drink from than the neck of the bottle. I have a couple of these caps and use them on various bottles, and neither has leaked in the six or seven years I've had them.