I'm 20 years old and my mom said that she wants to get me a jacket for Xmas =D. I don't really have a good waterproof/windproof jacket right now and i need one for 1) Skiing in the Northeast and 2) walking around NYC in the bitter cold. She said that $450 is pretty much the budget limit on this one. So now i have a few questions.
Insulated Vs. Shell: I know that just a hardshell is probably better for skiing, but how will it hold up in the city? Do you guys use your shells just walking around on a cold winter day? This is my number 1 concern
Brand: Which one should i go with for that price range?
Material: eVent? Gore? which one???
Thanks for your help.