F/W/S jacket:Hard vs Soft
I've been looking for a jacket for a bit, and thought I had decided on a Showers Pass of some sort, but lack of serious rain and approaching cold temps have me thinking Soft shell. I'm in central Michigan and the spring and fall are usually pretty wet, however my current work commute is only about 2.5 miles and general trips around town are less than 10 miles from home.
So, I got to thinking that $250 is a lot to spend on a jacket that I'll only wear a few times a year(looks pretty good, but still a bit Fred off the bike). Honestly, if its pouring, I generally wait till it dies down a bit, or drive when not just heading to work. But everyone seems to love their gear.
Then there are the Softshells; so many fabrics, so confusing. I was looking initially at Foxwear, but all Lou had in PowerShield was black and said couldn't get any bright colors(yellow specifically). I did see a jacket at STP that caught my eye for the price(http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/1...l-For-Men.html). I had thought about applying DWR to it, and calling it a deal. However, the Schoeller 3XDRI seems to have better water resistance, allowing less breathability. Then there are a host of others which are hard to find info about.
Any opinions on the best all round fabric? I want the best water resistance with decent breathability. I What are some jackets to look to? How much better wind/water resistance are the Softshells vs. merino top? I know the wool will provide the warmth needed, but not sure how much weather resistance they provide.I saw a Patagonia Wool 4 pullover for $60, so that was tempting.
Please help. Thanks