First lite has a sale on thier base and mid layers you can get a 170g shirt and 260 weight chama hoody for $120. You can pick up the Prana Zion pants for $65. Add a puffy jacket and a rain jacket and your golden.
Only peice of clothing that I splurge on is kuiu zip off base layer bottems.
Boot wise itís subjective but easy break-in, not breaking the bank type boots : Salomon 4D 3 GTX, crispi valdres gtx, lowa Camino and Danner Gila.
On a stiffer more bomb proof long term life type boot-Hanwag Alaskan/Yukon, Crispi Nevada, kennetek hardscrabble, lowa tircam/cevedeale/Tibet, schnees beartooths etc.
Socks -kuiu, firstlite, smart wool, darntough, farm to feet... list is long. Kuiu is my favorite but farm to feet is my most splurge comfortable, and my everyday is smartwool phd