Personally I don't get what is so great about soft shell style jackets like the Kuiu Guide and the Sitka 90% stuff. Its not that warm (puffy coats do better at that) and are worthless for anything more than a few minutes in the rain. I'd opted for the Chugach top/bottom from Kuiu and just run my puffy layer or just my base layer in conjunction with my rain gear to stay comfortable in different temps and exertion levels. Most of the time when hiking I am fine in just the base layer, if I stop ot glass out comes the puffy, if its super cold wear base, puffy, and rain gear.
Maybe I am missing something but I've tried to like soft shell jackets but they simply don't seem to do anything well and ended up just being in my pack taking up space/weight.
Luke, I like softshells because they really breathe. eVent is the only hardshell I know of that actually, noticeably breathes Apparently Kuiu's fabric is similar and there are some other new similar fabrics as well (polartech neoshell, etc.) - but I haven't tried them yet. I can wear my eVent jacket on moderate climbs, and not get clammy. But even eVent doesnt breath anything like a true, non-laminate softshell. My Sitka 90% jacket breathes so well that I don't usually have to take it off for even extended high-exertion climbs, and if I do start to build up a little sweat, it is gone in no time, and I don't have to take off my jacket.
I am sure it depends on how much you sweat, how active your hunts are, the temperatures you are in, how much it rains, and for how long, etc. Probably a little different for everybody.