Just (very) recently got into skiing, and I can already see this is a hobby I would like to pursue for some time to come.
Currently, I've only got a heavy, insulated, non-breathable coat, and am looking to get a soft shell jacket of some kind.
I can't see myself spending multi-hundreds on a jacket, and at this point am looking in the <$150 range (obviously lower is better... <$100 would be awesome, but I don't see many recommendations in that range).
I'm looking for something with good waterproofing, as I'm expecting many falls to come since I'm a beginner, as well as of course good breathability.
I was reading OutdoorGearLab, and their "Best Buy" award went to the North Face Vortex Triclimate. What is the general consensus on this jacket? It's currently on sale on Steep and Cheap for $150, which is why I am coming here for advice (a time constraint).
Also, an additional question: What are your experiences (or experiences of others around the interwebs) with Steep and Cheap? Do manufacturers typically honor warranties for items purchased through them? I've read of some manufacturers claiming they don't offer warranties for items purchased via "unauthorized" resellers, so am unsure about Steep and Cheap in this regard.
TL;DR: 1. Any recommendations for good soft-shell jackets for a beginner skiier (expecting lots of falls, so moderate to heavy waterproofing with good breathability is what I'm looking for) in the <$150 range, 2. Any thoughts on the North Face Vortex Triclimate, and 3. Is Steep and Cheap considered an authorized reseller by manufacturers in the sense that they honor warranties on products sold via that website?