I am in need of a new ski jacket, and want to get something that will last me for a long time. I have 2 gift cards to REI totaling $150, so i'm thinking of ordering something from them online and am very intrigued the by Arc'teryx 30% off sale.
I live in Philly and make a lot of trips up to the Greens, Whites, and Poconos, so waterproofing is crucial. I do 1-2 westward trips a year, so a powder curtain and versatility is also important. I am thinking of getting a shell or something very lightly insulated with good vents. I spend as much time in the trees as conditions will allow, so durability is another high priority. I am 5' 9 1/2", range 155-175lbs, and am pretty sure I am a small or medium for most jackets. I am a resort skiier who will occasionally do hike to terrain, but haven't gotten into skinning and am not sure if i'll ever make the jump to back-country exploration. Basically, I want something tough as nails, good fit, all the worthwhile amenities (powder curtain, RECCO, pockets, ect), rainproof, and tree resistant.
The current front runners are the Arc'teryx Rush and Sabre jackets.I would appreciate any insight on the differences between the two. From what I've seen they seem pretty similar. As far as I can tell, the Sabre has a light flannel insulation, is about an inch shorter, a looser fit, slightly heavier(not a priority), and is $75 cheaper. I assume there are some advantages to the Rush, but the comparisons don't make them immediately clear.
I have not ruled out other makes/models and am open to any suggestions. Thanks in advance for you advice!