What I usually do with outerwear is buy last year's stuff right as this year's stuff is coming out. I just bought a Special Blend jacket in August for about $200 less than it would've cost me had I bought it last January.
My favorite brands for outerwear are Special Blend and Four Square though. Grenade and Dakine make good gloves, not sure if you're considering those outerwear though.
Usually the bigger companies will have such a range of product that you'll be able to find stuff from one company in any price range, and you can be pretty sure that it will be good quality because a big company like that isn't going to risk a bad image on selling cheap ass stuff.
I just got myself a ride outerwear jacket. It has 10,000mm of waterproofness and breathability and a foursquare pant, again 10,000 mm of waterproof and breathablility. I also got dakine titan gloves, basically looks to me like the best glove out there. All of what I got are affordable and good.
If you get a jacket and a coat, look for 10,000 mm of waterproofness and breathable.