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best winter jacket

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My question is more about a jacket to use in a daily basis during the winter. I'm going to live in the Hague (Netherlands) which can be 30F (-1C) during the winter, but I'll also be travelling a lot to Budapest (Hungary), which in the winter can be around 6F (-14C). I need something that will probably work in the two weathers, that is not over 250 dollars, and not to heavy because I'll be using it every day. Especially a jacket that won't be too warm for those climates.

I'm not an expert in all the different technologies used in winter jackets, but for what I've read about the climates in the two countries, I believe the jacket needs to be windbreaker. I've seen Marmot, North Face, and Columbia, but they have so many options that I really don't know what I need for my specific situation. Please help me with this, especially about what are the best brands and maybe models I should look when making a decision. Thanks for your help. 
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I have bought gear for many different manufacturers and think that the outerwear from Arc Teryx is the most functional and bomb proof. But very pricey, and likely beyond your budget. I mention it for your information.
Close behind is gear from Cloudveil. It is well designed, well made and they stand by their products completely. Three years after using one of their jackets the zipper failed. I sent it back, but even before it arrived at their offices a Cloudveil rep and I went on line and picked out a replacement from their current line. Later that day he called back and said that my returned jacket had just arrived and he wanted to give me a new one better than the one we picked out earlier that day. It does not get better that that.
As for specific models, going from 6 to 30 degrees is a big spread. If you are willing to use layers, I highly recommed the Cloudveil RPK shell. It has a great, waterproof and breathable outer material and a thin lining for warmth. But not warm enough without a fleese/sweater underneath for 6F. Both my wife and I have this jacket and love it.
For cold days on the slopes (less than 15F) I use the Cloudveil Patrol parka. It is downfilled, very light for its warmth and a very nice length. It would be fine for the colder temps but perhaps too warm for 30F. Also, I do not think the outer material is as waterproof as the RPK.
Both jackets could be found on line for $250 or so. Check Ebay, Moosejaw, Altrec and Backcountry.
Good luck.
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I would think that the Greta TriClimate jacket from The North Face might be a good choice.

With a removable interior fleece lining it allows you to go from rather cold to relatively warm conditions while only using the one jacket.

I have added the specs here, but I must say I can only be impressed by Deliberate1's recommendation of the Cloudveil jacket because of such fantastic service!

Have a look at online pictures with the zoom features and see which of the ones recommended here appeal to you.
Features * Waterproof, Breathable, Seam Sealed * Attached, Adjustable Hood * Brushed Chinguard Lining * Center Front Double Storm Flap with Velcro Closure * Internal Stash Pocket * Elastic and Velcro Adjustable Cuffs * Two Hand Pockets * Hem Cinchcord * Triclimate: * 100 Weight Fleece * Brushed Collar Lining * Two Hand Pockets * Elastic Cuff Binding Stow Slot
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