First off, I notice that there is an interesting relationship between performance and cost of gear. It's not a linear relationship, it seems like it's more exponential or parabolic or something. At the upper end you pay a lot more for a few less ounces, for instance. I generally try to stay at the knee of the curve and away from the outrageously expensive items and go for the reasonably priced but good performance items.
So I'm looking at getting a synthetic insulated jacket, and I can't seem to find the middle price range. At the high end there's the Patagonia MircoPuff, BMW Cocoon, and the Montbell Thermawrap. At the low end, of course, is stuff you can get at a department store that would be quite heavy. But I can't seem to find something that's around $100 or less but still not too heavy. Any suggestions? Oh, I'm looking for something that's not too heavily insulated.
P.S. I did find one jacket from MEC that was about $100, before the $20 shipping to the US. That shipping puts it at almost the same price as the Thermawrap. The other well priced item is from Thru-Hiker but I can't sew and don't have the time.