I have used a number of breathable waterproof jackets with different fabrics, including Gore-Tex. I cannot say any were a waste of money. If I was buying now, I'd try eVent from good reports I've read. If durability is paramount, consider waxed cotton, garments made for hunting and camping, where lightweight is not a consideration, and garments made for mountain climbing. Gore-Tex garments for mountaineering are apt to be made for extreme conditions, perhaps a plus to you. In conversation, Gore-Tex told me their bicycling garments are made with the expectation bicyclists will not be cycling in heavy rain (yes, I know, I have been caught in heavy rain, too). Gore-Tex also said they guarantee their garments; if a garment fails to meet your expectations, and the dealer will not refund your money or substitute a garment to your satisfaction, Gore-Tex will.