"My tip would be to buy used stuff or stuff on sales, you'll save money which can be spent on hookers and booze."
Great advice! I need to ask my wife first though.
What I'm doing is figuring out how I want my loadout away from standard USGI issue gear which I was most familiar with. I have a tight budget, so I'm keeping an eye out for deals on eBay. What I was noticing is a lot of American made brands selling for good prices, but I really didn't know if I should worry about tracking them.
I'm not a fan of the gear in the front of the PC, but am fine with a single row 3 mag shingle. I have an Eagle non-issued 3 mag shingle that I haven't tested out yet, but was wondering if the shingles with the separate mag pockets would be better and if so, what brands to look at. That question started my searching and getting overwhelmed with the options and was hoping to narrow my search down to just a few manufacturers. I'm favoring Tactical Tailor at the moment, only because I have used a few of their products in country, but beggars can't be choosers when seeking deals on eBay to stay in a budget that won't freak the wife out!
So, instead of deciding on a particular brand and style of gear, I want a list of trusted gear manufacturers to keep an eye out for deals on lightly used gear I'm looking to buy. If that makes sense.