The Rhyno Lite/Deore/DT Alpine combo is a great option for nearly bombproof touring wheels on a budget. A set like this only runs around $250. Remember, this is not one of those XT/Rhyno Lite close out wheelsets you see for $150, this set his hand built using the nicest touring spokes on the market, not a machine built wheel with bargain basement spokes that are likely to break after a couple thousand miles.
These wheels will soon be rolling from Seattle towards the Panama Canal and possibly beyond! If it sounds like something you are interested in following you can follow Kim's trip at her Crazy Guy On A Bike journal here.
Obsession, or passion? Who am I to judge? Either way I simply love building wheels for those who appreciate quality!