I'm in the market for a new hardshell, but I'm a bit lost as to what I should be buying. I'm going to be moving in the next 6 months to either California or Boston (sadly thats as specific as I can get right now). I'm looking for a jacket I can wear in cool temperatures (from 60 degrees F to freezing) as well as sub freezing temperatures. I do a little bit of backpacking but nothing very hard, mostly day hikes. Really the jacket will be worn around town much more then anything else.
For these reasons I'm attracted to Columbia's TECH system so I won't be forced to buy more then one coat to get by. Now after looking at that range of coats I found that Titanium costs about twice as much as Bugaboo and only seems to offer some sort of chemical rain protection plus more venting (or such is my understanding right now). I don't think I'll need either but I also want to know if there's an overall quality difference at issue here as well.
Finally I want to know if I'm even looking at the right jacket. If anyone has a better suggestion I'm very open right now. I'm willing to spend 250$ max (less if possible) so I can't get too crazy on this.
Thank you in advance for any help.