I think this applies to pretty much everything in life. Pony up the $$$ for a quality piece that will last you a long time and you'll save yourself headaches and $ spent on replacing garbage. Now's the time to look for some goretex on sale, will still be expensive but much more reasonable.
You know the funny thing? The Mt. Hardware coat I had, the Alakazam, is their top of the line ski/snowboard coat. $550.00 retail.
They have one coat for mountaineering that is their flagship model called the Drystein. 600.00. I tried it but the fit was either too small or too big.
My Mt. Hardware pants do a good job, they're hard shell. I don't know for sure but I think the soft shell material is just not dialed in.
RE: the Goretex deals I was looking online for about an hour and just happened to stumble on an online add for a local store. They had the coat at $525.00. A week prior my buddy told me that he was at this store and all their gear was cheaper in store than advertised online.
Sure enough I called them and the coat, in person, was $325.00. Not only was it the last one it was a color I wanted, that was already hard to find in stock.
So.... it pays to check your local stores. A lesson learned.