Watch for deals, and check for fit? A lot of the same materials of the same denier, and sewing techniques are being used in cheaper gear as is being used in Klim or the like. So it often comes down to fit which really varies (sometimes armor placement is the bugaboo) and features. Myself, I've migrated to using a Pilot mesh jacket as chassis which I layer under and over to address anything from freezing to 100F or over (short or long sleeve performance underlayer, Gerry down sweater, and good rain gear takes me down into freezing). I've got some Klim and Dainese other brands too, but have to say I'm impressed what some of the more affordable gear companies are doing. Gloves can be a *****, seems like my magic bullets often get discontinued or revised, which often seems like a backward step.