I completely disagree with you (along with virtually every reviewer, user and countless top end manufactures that use the membrane). ANYONE can benefit from goretex. Its second to none for breathability which is critical, so even if you board and it NEVER rains its worth while. HOT?! its a shell and unless the manufacture ads an additional inner lining its not going to make you hot..ever. The fact its a shell is great because you can layer up or down based on your personal preference and weather conditions.
Goretex wont breath well if you dont wash it as the poors get clogged. Running is a sure way to do that quick because you are going to sweat a hell of a lot more then when boarding. You will compound the problem if you wear cotton underneath.
Erm, no. There are countless reviews, tests, and studies that clearly highlight that Gore-Tex is not
the top performing fabric/membrane in the market - not even close.
What it is however, is a perfectly good product that still exceeds most people's requirement and that, decades after its introduction, still has a leading market position due to its first mover advantage/headstart and excellent work by the Gore marketing machine.
Have to agree with nivek, Gore-tex is pointless for the vast majority of riders - even 20/20 is more than most people need. And for the people who could benefit from Gore-Tex and similar, there are materials that perform much better at lower prices - but sadly not really for Snowboarding, as this is really market with relatively unsophisticated buyer and the segment with real high-end needs is too small to serve profitably for most suppliers.