Here's a list of specific gear choices that have either been used by crew members or are good choices. These are solid choices that are mid price alternatives for gear, especially when you take advantage of sales. Links to sale items may have expired.
These can also be used for comparison shopping for less expensive items at big box discounters.
Spending more on gear usually gets you lighter and more compact gear - but often at the expense of durability. Also consider borrowing gear or repurposing things you already have at home.