Oh, and as far as pants and jackets go, I would suggest getting stuff without insulation. Great part about shells is that you can just throw on more layers if it's cold, and if not you're not baking in a dutch oven. It's just a lot more versatile. Thermal underwear/shirts are your friend.
I think my jacket fits the bill. my burton has an inner liner that is removable so it has worked well for layering in the past. would the volcom loft 5 pants work well for layering? is it a decent pant?