So, I need some new outdoor kit for work.
I *know* that my old Lowe Alpine rucsac is great and bombproof. I *know* that the only waterproofs at work that have lasted more than a season are Patagonia's finest. I *know* that work still has a pile of Patagonia fleece that is upto 12 years old and still going (albeit looking dated and somewhat worn. I *know* that the Nookie buoyancy aid I have has outlasted all my other watersports kit. I *know* my Endura kit outlast the Altura stuff. etc etc I *know* that the cheapo Berghaus baselayers I have are rubbish, that the cheap Craghoppers trousers I bought have fallen to bits, that the cheap softshell is neither soft, warm or water resistant.
New Patagonia Guide trousers, £110 (I need 2x pairs)
New Patagonia R2 £85
New Patagonia Capelene base layers, £100+
New Patagonia Shelter Stone jacket and Trousers £240 and £220
New Astral BA £120
New Palm Dry top £100
New sailing salopettes £110
New Endura bib longs £80
New dry bag, gorge boots, canoe helmet.....
It does make me wonder if its worth it - but I know if I buy cheap I will buy twice, and stay cold n wet for the winter....