Must all your gear be top shelf ,or are the things that are expendable ?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by arleigh, May 12, 2016.

  1. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    I have through the years, noticed that stuff gets lost, damaged , broken, or stolen, when I'm out and about and of course the greater the investment the loss is not just inconvenient but disheartening .
    I have a pocket knife or two I cary for this reason,
    I figure that should there be an EMP all the electronics would be toast, along with LED flashlights, so there is a lot of stuff I cary I know that i will be casting off in that event,
  2. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    Everything I have is expendable, if only to lighten the load and save weight to save time, distance and my life.
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  3. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Methinks better to have good quality stuff that won't fail you. If you have to jettison it for some reason, too bad, but better that than whatever it is breaking when you need it.
  4. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King |RIP 11-4-2017

    Only my Scotch MUST be top shelf...
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  5. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    I like top notch for things that matter, like swords, and family related a grain mill. But I gravitate to quality, not price, and I know where my standards are on most things.
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  6. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

    If an item is important to life, don't go Chicom.

    Sleeping Bag: Western Mountaineering (Goretex Down for Winter Bag/Light Down for Summer -- yes, two bags)
    Pack: Hill People Gear (works great for me)
    Flashlight: Surefire (yes, expensive, but super blinding when needed)

    Yes, the rest of the package is similar. Buy Cheap, Buy 2-5 times over.

    Overtime i have ever purchased Chicom, I return it 2 days later broken. It is perfect for a weekend campout where you can keep your receipts and use it over the weekend to return it and get your money back. That way, you can go new every weekend! assuming you have time to run around.
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  7. UncleMorgan

    UncleMorgan I like peeling bananas and (occasionally) people.

    First--buy whatever you can get if the price is right. Even poor quality goods are better than none at all.
    Getting caught with cash when you need gear can be very bad.

    A $20.00 bill will not chop firewood, or keep your feet from blistering on a hard trail. Even a cheap ax will cut wood, and surplus boots can serve for a while if they fit right.

    At the same time, watch like a hawk and take every opportunity to upgrade your gear to the highest practical level.

    Your second-tier goods can be sold off (often at a profit) or saved for fallback uses, not least of which is helping out others.

    It's great to have a premium Goretex sleeping back that weighs three ounces and is rated to 600 degree below zero, in the rain--but it's also really nice to have a a junky old $5.00 Coleman bag tucked away in an undisclosed location.

    Just in case you need it.

    Fate can be unkind--so maximize your options.
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  8. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    If you are going to buy cheap, you MUST buy the RIGHT cheap. Preppers like to say (cheap) and mean (decent quality surplus that is being let go for not much money). Don;t confuse the the two, we are bad at syntax. Haha.
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  9. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    Good responses thank you all .
    Some times there are things I want but can't afford but I can make do with a similar product and modify it my self . as a mechanic this comes up from time to time making special tools .
  10. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    Quality only hurts once.
  11. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    What you in the market for?
  12. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    Quality can hurt twice ,once paying for it initially and the second time, loosing it .
  13. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King |RIP 11-4-2017

    And, if you know how to judge quality by criteria other than price, frequently not much at all.
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