Cheap Walmart brand Realtree (hunting?) for base layers. Tech pieces I got for gifts as midlayers. Patagucci outer layers, when they rip or tear, I send them back to Patagonia and they fix them for me. Got two pairs of pants and two jackets fixed over the summer for $20 + $10.50 in shipping costs.
I have some Gordini lobster-claw gloves that have been solid for 3 seasons, half the price of Hestra. Flylow insulated jacket and pants have been absolutely bomber. Found a great deal on their discontinued pants, but if you find their Chemical pants for a decent price, totally worth it! In and out facing zips are great for touring, Cordura reinforced at wear spots... Smith goggles are great, especially with a 50% prodeal. My Mammut shell is crazy good for touring, as is my Marmot rain jacket for resort skiing (doesn't breath as well).
I’m actually a little frustrated that this company called Wickers went out of business. I think they may have been owned by STP cause that’s the only place I ever saw them for sale. They just did inexpensive variations of polypro basically. Cheap high quality base layers can be found at other places but they made a stretchy expedition weight balaclava that was just more comfy then anything else I have been able to find. I’ve been trying to find a suitable replacement for years. My old one has a couple little holes in front of the mouth at this point but I’m not throwing it out. You wouldn’t think a simple little face mask would be that tough to get right.
I look around for the best gear for me in whatever particular category I am going for... Base later.. Shell.. then when I get it I only use it for it's intended purpose.
My ski pants are just about ready to be relished to the play clothes pile. I've been looking for a while.