Good question. I am trying to figure out the same thing. I have a Northface Gonzo jacket from last year but it is just ok. Doesn't seem to be very breathable. In fact, it often gets wet inside. Perhaps too many layers underneath. Anyhow, I am looking at the Burton AK line 2L goretex. I would love to hear some reviews on this particular product. I wouldn't mind getting some of their technical layers as well.