"I have a light poncho that I generally take because I don't have money for a $200+ event layer"
I also don't have the money to buy the above--that's why i went with a Stoic Vaporshell rainjacket for like 65 dollars. I think hardshells in general are much more multi use and adaptable than heavier softshells. With that said, i really want to try Furtech or Paramo type jackets for Winter time conditions, as i've heard the breathablity can't be even touched by eVent, Neoshell, or the like.
Does anyone know if Furtech ships to the U.S.?