I guess I don't have a maximum weight, but I would (of course) like it to be as light as possible. That said, I consider this to be a emergency item for the most part, as it rarely comes out of my bag in the Sierras, so I am willing to go heavy if need be.
I was looking at the ones above basically because it seems that manufacturers make 2 varieties of lightweight rain jackets: either 6-8 oz. without pit zips and 9.5-12 oz. with pit zips.
My experience has always said that large pit zips were worth it, while small pit zips were no help at all. Of course, I haven't owned a "waterproof-breathable" fabric ever, I don't think, so I am just confused by all the terminology.
If I were to go the lighter route (since the jacket rarely leaves my pack anyway), how well will these things breathe?
If I go the heavier route, is eVent good enough to replace pit zips?
Should I scrap this whole search and go to the next weight class?
...or should I just buy and umbrella, a windshirt, and get a poncho-tarp for emergencies/shelter?
Too many options...almost no money. Man, these things are pricey.
Thanks for y'all's help. I am going to look into your recommendations later today.