Yeah, I would recommend one but only if you have the following 1) the money to pay for a quality jacket 2)the time necessary to do the research to figure out if the one you want is actually a quality jacket and 3) knowledge of quality vs not so great down. It will do you a huge favor to know the type of down within the jacket before you buy it, because in a large part the actual down quality is the most important part of the jacket, second being design, third being quality of shell. My down jacket is a 686 ace weave and its pretty awesome. I can wear it in just about the coldest temps. If your going to snowboard in the jacket just make sure that the shell is really durable or else it might rip on you if your shredding in the backcountry where there are trees or if your still progressing and are likely to take some slams. The quality of the down-fill determines the "fill" of the jacket. This means "how much the down will fluff compared to the actuall weight of the down". So if you have 400 grams of "not as good down" vs 400 grams of "really quality down", then the quality down will fluff more. The better the fill of the down, the better insulating properties the down possesses, because it can store more heat exerted from the body, cutting down on the heat that escapes. Also, if you have 400 grams of 70/30 (this is only about 49% actual down in the jacket the rest is just mix that isnt as great of an insulator as the actual down) vs. 400 grams of 80/20 down (about 56% actual down) then your getting better bang for your buck. If you can find 90/10 or full down then your even better off, because the more down in the jacket the warmer it will keep you during really cold temps. If your not so into the crazy rediculously cold days then you can always go with the 70/30 or 60/40. And its always a general rule of thumb that goose down is better than duck down. If you know your down then you know this. Although, thats just a "general" rule. You may find a certain type of duck down to be better. Anyways, happy shopping!