Make your own Gear
The best gear is the gear you make yourself.
By making your own gear, not only will you enjoy the satisfaction of using the product of your efforts, you'll also be more familiar with the gear and be better prepared to fix it should there be a mishap in the field.
Instructions and kits for making a net-tent and flat DCF (cuben fiber) are available here:
For some general seam construction methods, see: