Most of the equipment out there today is pretty good stuff. It just comes down to personal choices on options. I highly suggest that you get have a rigger look over any gear that you plan on buying, and that you purchase used gear first, as yuo don't want to tear up a brand new rig while learning. Also in the future you will probably want to downsize, so don't go and spend a bunch of money, on something that you will end up selling soon anyways. PD makes good canopies. Icarus makes good canopies too. Have fun be adventurous, and be carefull.
Definitley make sure you don't buy one and want to downsize in 50 jumps time..
I bought my gear on jump 26, and didn't start jumping it until about jump 50. I was aiming to jump a 170, and got this one for a great price, so I just stayed on student gear for a while until I was ready for it.
Get some feedback from Instructors on your DZ on your canopy skills, and I'm sure they can help you out on deciding what size/make of canopy would be good for you...
And good luck - it's the best investment you'll ever make...
There are numerous threads on this subject. Start by deciding what size of reserve you would like to be under - on a bad day. That defines the size of your reserve container.
Then pick two sizes of main: one that you can handle now and a second - slightly smaller - canopy that you will be able to handle 200 jumps from now. That defines the size of your main container.
Third, research which sizes of containers will fit those two canopies. Often, you can "cheat" with a canopy one size larger or smaller than the container manufacturers' recommendations, but any more than that and you can plan on buying a hernia belt for your rigger! On that note, only trust volume numbers published by container manufacturers, because those numbers are written by riggers. On the other hand, canopy manufacturers let marketing managers write their volume numbers.
Quick kiddies, do you know the difference between a marketing manager and a compulsive liar?
This fiercely-competitive market drove the junk out years ago. All the current containers are pretty good. Everything built within the last decade is Cypres-compatible and everything built within the last five years is "freefly friendly." Then it comes down to local preferences. Be wary of "closet queens" more than 15 years old because while they may not be worn out, they may be prohbiitively expensive to update. Try asking you local rigger which containers he/she prefers packing. For example, some riggers love brand "R", while others never acquired the special tools or techniques to close them. Finally, ask your local rigger to inspect anything before money changes hands. If you end up purchasing second-hand gear from afar, ask the seller to send it to your local rigger/DZ/gear shop for a full inspection. Don't worry, riggers/DZOs/gear shops are used to acting as middle men in second-hand gear sales.