Thanks for the insight guys.
I like the Gamma MX series jackets for Arcteryx for winter, or hiking/mountaineering at altitude. Also the rampart pants with its super light, fast dry and stretchy fabric is amazing, to the point I've replaced all of my pants with it.
I like to think it's about the fabric, the cut, not the brand, but dead bird seems to have it in several categories. I've tried on softshells from 4 other major companies and the Gamma MX is the best fit for me and seems to have the highest quality.