I can talk ad nauseum about jackets so here I go.
ACRONYM is high on my list of jackets, but it is overpriced; on the other hand no one even comes close to ACR's functionality. However, no one will ever use that superman escape thing in their life. Sooooo, moving on.
Arcteryx is dope. I currently own the Stingray and it is great for snowboarding. I have also owned the Gamma MX, and the Episolon, but of which was returned to REI once I got the Stingray. Arcteryx contracts some of the highest quality waterproofing, and breathable material. They also employ seam sealing, plus seam sealed zippers.
Visvim M-65. These use Gore-Tex and look dope. They are currently on sale at union for about 4 bills with tax. However, at 4 bills you can easily get Gore-Tex XCR, instead of the basic gore-tex. Again, this is functionality versus aesthetics.
Idiom - If you can get it for 50% this is really good. However, at retail these jackets are crap. 4 bills for some polka dots? The zippers are not seam sealed, and the fit is a little tight around.
Burton - 3L, and 2.5L. I have a 3L jacket and it's well made and fits better then Idiom. Plus, I wouldn't get clowned on wearing stripes or polka dots. Again, anything at 50% is good. Check www.sierrasnowboards.com
for some good deals on last season's stuff, all 50% off.
Patagonia - Overpriced, but great warranty. Had a backpack that I thought looked dated. Took it back and got the new model. Nuff said.
North Face - Hyvent is crap. It does not breath well at all. Again, this only applies if you are an avid winter sportsmen, because walking to the bus stop is not sweat inducing. North face overall is really good, but I go with Arcteryx because the Canadians are just way better about Quality Control, however I have learned only the higher end jackets are made in Canada now.
Helly Hansen - They have their own proprietary weather gear so most of the time users don't know what's up. But, trust, these guys are good, and for the fraction of the price. Sad thing is that people spend this kind of money to look good, not stay warm. So, moving on....
Cloudveil - Dope brand. Get it with Schoeller anything. Cloudveil is well made and not yet recognized unless you are a mountaineer and scaling el capitan. They are better then good, and with the right search you can find some good deals.
Marmot - French brand that knows whats good.
Orage - Dope ski company.
I have owned every brand mentioned and I have a season pass to Mammoth, and got to Whistler at least once a year (mammoth and whistler = same owners, so crazy discounts). I speak from experience, but take everything with a grain of salt. These are my opinions as an extensive boarder.
On the cheap? - Go to www.sierratradingpost.com
and do a gore tex search. You will find jackets, a lot of good jackets, at great prices. Best part is that there is usually a coupon floating around, and they have a great warranty.