Disclaimer: I missed your cost comment until after I posted this, so take it with a grain of salt
Having gone through this exercise recently myself, I tried Musto, Gill, Henry Lloyd, West Marine
and Slam brands of wetgear. I found that for my body (shorter legs and arms, longer torso and larger around the chest) that the Henry Lloyd gear
fit me better than the rest. If you look at the different brands sizing charts
, you can see why. Luckily the Henry Lloyd gear is also very well made, so I didn't have to compromise on quality.
Then it went to features. I wanted a tall collar with a fleece or microfiber lining, neoprene or rubber at the wrists to keep water
from running down my arms when my arms are raised (happens more often than I would think), fleece lined pockets I can put my hands in when wearing my lifejacket,
and a hood
that was easy to deploy and stow. I also didn't want a smock style jacket, I find them to be fine for dinghy racing
but too hard to get on and off and too hard to modulate temperature.
In looking at Henry Lloyd's offerings, I found their offshore
gear too bulky and restrictive (I wanted something I could race
in as well as cruise) so I ultimately ended up with their TP2 Ventura jacket and have been extremely pleased with it. It met all my criteria listed above, and as an added bonus the hood
on the jacket has flexible clear plastic sections to either side so that the hood does not impair your peripheral vision. While I originally thought that was just a gimmick, I find it very helpful and am really glad they have that.
As far as the bottom half, I would highly recommend bib or hi-fit style trowsers. If you go with regular trousers, every time you bend over or kneel down you expose your back and butt. They also tend to have nice fleece lined pockets and work
really well stand alone when you don't need a full jacket but want to keep spray off of you, whether sailing or just washing
the decks. I would also suggest reinforcement in the knees and butt, nonskid tends to chew up fabric
over time and having some reinforcement in those spots will definitely increase the longevity of your gear.
Hope this helps...