Personally I wear a bounce vest and arm pads. And I would probably wear a t shirt before a jersey. Though you can pick up previous year or slightly used jerseys for pretty damn cheap. $15+
Pants are more important. Look at online or local stores for Pants that are a couple years old that have not been sold. These are usually deeply discounted. $50-100
Exalt are the current go to for inexpensive current season pants. $99
Or you can usually find great deals on lightly used pants here on the B/S/T. $25-100
My spool experience causes a little discrimination I suppose.
Ion: takes a half hour to do easy maintenance and there is a 50% chance it will leak once reassembled.
NT: requires at least a four year degree in metallurgy, physics, meteorology and dark magic to get it to operate.