Help me pick a nice waterproof, breathable shell for (long) day hikes and possible backpacking.
My Marmot (Precip model, I think?) jacket has finally died on me, and it's time to replace it with a nice, versatile shell. I'm looking for something that is waterproof, not just 'weather-resistant'. It will be mainly used as a rain jacket for 3 season day hiking. Backpacking isn't something I do now, but I'm interested and may do it in the future. I'll probably use it as an around-town rain-jacket as well. My priorities (in rough order of importance) are:
1. Breathability. I want something that is very waterproof and very breathable. I tend to get fairly sweaty during aerobic exercise, so it's important to me that the jacket be very breathable.
2. Durable. I'm willing to spend a fair bit on the jacket, but it has to last for 3-4 seasons+.
3. Something that accepts layers well for late fall/early spring use, or even light winter use.
My budget will be in the neighborhood of $300. Of course, less is fine as well. I might be able to stretch it a bit for something really awesome, but not by too much. As starting points, what do people think of the REI Shuksan
or the Rab Momentum
Thanks in advance!