Thank you so much for your replies!
@Autoxfil - interestingly, I am temporarily (6 months) in NYC, so I can blatantly make use of local prices
So, it seems like I need:
I must say that I have also come across the Atom jacket doing my little research! I am not sure, however, whether LT would be the best option, as opposed to SV (I could, in theory, just stack a few base layers if needed)? Also, do you think this would be enough (assuming having varying base layers) or would I still have to get e.g. Patagonia R1?
Does anybody know any other jackets similar to Atom?
Also, what shells would you recommend? I have come across Marmot Precip and Arc'teryx Alpha SL/SV as being recommended... anything else? Any opinions about these? Is $600 shell really much better than other shells at $200-300?
Thank you once again for your help!