The main thing I'm looking for, though is something that is water proof and rugged enough for back country skiing. The main problems with all the jackets I've tried so far are:
1. the chest area is always too tight which causes velcro to come undone, especially when wet or frozen. And if its a zipper one, it will eventually pull the stitching out of the zipper.
2. the material is too flimsy and catches on stuff. That is bad for the puffy style jackets because the outer shell opens up and the stuffing comes out. And it's rather scary to think that he could get hung up on a manzanita branch somewhere I cannot see him.
3. once they get wet from slogging through the snow they are useless.
4. here in the sierras we get snow, but the temps are not that cold. And what I find is that the hunting ones are too warm and thick. If they are too warm, he doesn't want to wear it. If they are too thick and stiff, they rub sores into his underarms. And the hunting ones are just way to complex to put on. And I usually end up with a V running around the trail head with the vest around his neck and the rest of it dragging on the ground. He's slippery sucker! ;-)