Buying a jacket is the same as buying a windscreen. What works for someone else might not work for you.
I have four jackets - a $350.00 Ikon perferated leather. (big mistake, doesn't fit that great, I never wear it, didn't have the guts (intelligence) to return it).
A $500 BMW jacket I bought used from a friend for $200. (A decent jacket worth maybe $150 new, you pay the extra $350 for the BMW logo on it. Lot's of zippers and velcro!)
A Joe Rocket mesh jacket. $120. Nice for the super-hot days (+ 90's), of which we don't get too many of in central PA - so mostly unused.
A $90 (on sale) TourMaster Tech 3/4 length jacket which is the best buy I've made in my life. Wear it all year 'round. Nothing fancy, just a nice, comfortable jacket.