Bitey things are niceless
The most important thing (IMHO) to keep in mind is GO WITH WHAT WORKS FOR YOU! Yeah it's cool to have the best brand name, and have it all colour coordinated, but if it's not comfy, you won't wear it, and then it's no good even owning it. Go around to every shop you can think of and try on everything. I tried on helmets that came very highly recommended and found that they just didn't fit my head comfortably, so I ended up going with one that was a way better fit, and it was less than half the price. Good on ya for doing the gear thing first by the way!