goretex xcr vs. marmot membrain
Even the Marmot website specs show xcr is more waterproof than membraine. But are you buying 3 layer xcr or 2 layer? I'd say it depends on what you expect to get into with "real". There is only about 473 different jackets out there to pick from, so you really need to pick one that fits your needs. Other features like pitzips, length, pockets, hood fit, etc. will be important.
I do know that when I get my ass into a jam, the last thing I want to worry about is gear performance.
For what its worth, I have a Marmot XCR and love it.
Seek Outside Divide 4500
Hydrapak Stash 1L
Long Sleeve Performance Tops
Black Diamond Men's Alpenglow Hoody
Mountain Hardwear Men's Stretch Ozonic Pant
Arm and Leg Sleeves
The Elixir UV Arm Sleeves
Liquid Fuel Stoves
Coleman Feather 442 Dual Fuel Stove
Mystery Ranch In and Out
Limmer Men's Mid-Weight
Patagonia Women's PowSlayer Bibs