I always buy uninsulated shells. They're just more versatile. You can layer up underneath for cold days or wear them over a light base layer on warmer days. If you buy a thick, heavy insulated jacket or pants, then you're pretty much stuck just using them on really cold days.
In terms of insulating layers, IMO fleece is fleece. It's all synthetic and relatively quick drying. I buy cheap. I have a couple of pairs of Old Navy fleece pants and fleece shirts that I get a lot of use out of that I paid about $10 a pop for. Don't spend you money on mid-layers is my advice. Buy good shells and good base layers. As long as your mid-layers are insulating and relatively quick drying, that's all you care about.
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