Originally Posted by Riley212
gore tex is great if you ride everyday nto matter the weather, or you are go on trips and ride regardless of weather. So if you are gonna go when its wet, and you want to stay dry, buy goretex. i really like my norrona gear, same quality or better than arc'teryx but looser cuts. these jackets will generally last decades with proper care.
if you dont mind being damp, pretty much anything eles will work, i have had good luck with bonfire jackets, they make a quality product for not a lot of money. pick a jacket you like and go ride
+1 on the goretex comment, it does work a lot better, and if you're our in wet over very damp weather there is a significant difference.
I have a Burton AK 3L hover jacket, works great and is a true shell. The 3L proshell is a great material, very durable, very waterproof, and very breathable. Downside is cost - I think that noronna, arcteryx, and burton do the 3L, all of which are pricey, but it is a long term investment unless you grow out of it.