Thanks, Lamps. I tried on the Schwag color in store (which is the GoreTex Soft Shell) and it seemed like a solid, tough, durable jacket that will last a long time. They unfortunately didn't have any other colors in stock, but if there's no difference in breathability or waterproofing, I can't see it being a big deal. Both options are 3L serious-ass shells. I like that blue color that they make.
I just compared my wife's soft shell with my pro shell, it's a subtle difference, hardly matters.