if you want to look like a skier from the 90s, spyder is the way to go. Their cuts are too tapered tight and colors/designs are horribly dated.
The rip curl looks like a snowboarding jacket...because it is a snowboarding jacket.
However, you're paying too much. I recently got a brand new kick-ass looking 686 jacket (2009 model) at an auction site for way less than half price (free ship). Just search for actual snowboarding brands in older models (1-4 years) and you can save a lot of money while still looking good...and like an actual snowboarder
edit: if you're buying online and can't try them on in a store first, do the research on each brands sizing. Most brands vary...especially if they have fitted, loose and baggy versions. For example, 686 jackets fit one size larger than standard (I usually wear a large, but wear a medium in 686)
Last edited by extra0; 05-05-2012 at 11:38 AM.