I grabbed a jacket from WM made by Homeschool Snowboarding. It was pretty awesome considering how much I sweat...their big thing is breathability. I bought the next model up (as did a friend) and was even more impressed. Hot wet slush days, to hiking runs to big thigh-deep days, i was always dry from the inside and out. I consider myself hard on equipment and this was 10x the jacket compared to my Burton Cyclic AK jacket.
If you find a good deal, get one...dont be scared away by the fact it aint gortex.