Yeah I think this thread is a good idea. Although I am a fan of MMA I have always made an effort to make this section of the forums more about doing than watching, as you said.
All of the black-belts at my judo club wear Mizuno Gi's, they all swear by them. They make a single weave, no idea about price though sorry.
As far as other equipment goes, I don't know if this stuff is available outside of Australia, but all PUNCH AAA or Black Diamond stuff that I have used has been absolutley BRILLIANT- epecially-
-The AAA kick shield, has been easliy the best to strike or hold, very, very good shock absorption, and they run for about $120 AUD/100 USD, so they aren't too hard on the hip pocket.
-Black Diamond thai pads, pre-curved. Just beautiful, again at a reasonable price- $180AUD/150USD
-AAA trophy getters, a full leather glove, you will NOT find a better leather sparring glove at this price,
$90AUD, $75USD. A good glove at ANY price. A friend also owned a pair of the Black Diamond ones, and these were BEAUTIFUL, but quite abit more expensive, $160AUD
-AAA bags, I have beaten the absolute shit out of the 6ft bag for along time now, it's in a commercial gym and gets abused alot, guys with boots and everything, but it's still standing strong, and it's been there for a while. The 4ft bag isn't doing so well, but that has been abused even more, and who the hell uses 4ft bags anyway? You jab it and it's light, so it hits the wall behind.
Zebra mats! Our judo club has just replaced all the old mats with Zebra, they seem to be the standard in the industry. And my god they are beautiful. For jigsaw mats/mats for striking you could probably go cheaper and it wouldn't matter, but for grappling/MMA these are the business.