So thus far the two suggestions are:
- Burton AK 3L Hover jacket
- Arcteryx Sabre Jacket (Revised?)
EDIT: I don't mind going up/down a little from the $500 limit. I'm just trying to find the best possible options without going waaaaay over budget
This has been covered quite a few times there are two common dissenters - the anti goretex crowd (who largely complain due to price - other fabrics are as good a value is their point), and the comments along the lines of that's too much for any jacket
Putting that aside there are three names that will regularly pop up, specifically their 3L products
I suspect that anybody else who's using 3L goretex is probably also making a pretty good quality garment too, but those three are the ones that are most often mentioned.