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I worry that I am becoming a gear snob

Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by gdwtvb, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. ClangClang

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    Can you share the name/source of those pouches? I've been looking for a cheaper alternative than the Maxpeds. Found a couple on County Comm that I ordered, they should arrive tomorrow, but I could always use an alternate source.
     
  2. ATF

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    Amen to that!

    In the words of Bobby McFerrin, "don't worry, be happy." Be happy with what you've got knowing it's the best of the best. Don't worry about thinking you're a snob. Instead you're just more knowledgeable about gear than the average person is. Like an above poster said, some people will never come close to owning what you have.
     
  3. Kilted1

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    Wish I could teach my wife this instead of buying whatever is in front of her and then not liking it by the time she gets home.

    A few years ago I purchased a $20 angle grinder at Harbor Freight. It quit on me recently just at the start of a major project and got replaced with a DeWalt at three times the price. When I bought the first one, I wasn't sure if it was a tool that I would really use or if it just seemed cool at the time. Call it a test case. I think I now have about as many hours on the DeWalt as I ever did the HFT one and no regrets about the money spent. Also managed to lose my grip on it and watch it skitter across the roof and sail into the front lawn. I managed to grab the power cord so it didn't hit the ground running but it was none the worse for wear, not sure the cheap one would have survived as well.

    Nikon has three basic categories for it's cameras. Consumer, Enthusiast and Pro, with not only different features but different construction and materials with commensurate pricing. These can be applied to many things and I think at least most of us would fall into the enthusiast or pro category for our EDC gear. We're investing in quality! How many five and ten dollar knives did we all go through before deciding that maybe a fifty or one hundred dollar knife might be worth it? I think we all recognize the difference in value between a MagLite and say a Surefire or Fenix. It sorta comes down to what you like, what you know, what you want, and what you are willing or able to pay.

    Of course it's possible to pay too much for gear. But then you might be afraid to use it for fear of getting a scratch on your Damascus blade. Now you're collecting and it doesn't make sense to collect cheap junk. How many times have you seen a lovingly restored Chevette or Omni at a car show?
     
  4. Mumbojumboo
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    all very true but I have seen some awesome chevettes and a blown gremlin. ;)
     
  5. Dafabricata

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    Hey! Nothin wrong with Chevettes....
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    In the past, I've bought and used cheap low quality gear and learned early you usually get what you pay for.
    Buy quality, buy once. Generally costly gear comes with a nice warantee and good customer service.
    You are also more likely to get a better return or even profit from high end gear if you decide its not for you.
     
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    Yeah another kayaker! Your all right once your tastes develop its like fine wine and cigars buying from a general store these items doesn't work anymore you have to go somewhere that the retailer know as much or more then you do to continue to challenge your passion and purchases. There still are thankfully specialist in outdoor equipment and EDC items.
     
  7. Condition1

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    call it what you want. snobbery works as good as anything. i know that i am just as guilty of it as any of you.

    someone quoted "buy quality, cry once", or something to that effect. that sums me up as well. i do my research before i buy. i want products made to last, and if possible made in america. i want the best i can afford.

    i am proud of what i carry, too. my EDC works well and looks good.

    i could have bought a crapload of chinese knives, for what i paid for my benchmade. i could have bought a crapload of mass produced leather, for what i paid for my custom made tucker gunleather holster rig. i could have cheaped out in a lot of ways, but where is the pride in that?

    i agree about bass pro and cabela's. most of the stuff is mass produced junk. i want better.
     
  8. DYatesPhoto

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    For instance, I bought the CamelBak Bottle holder over the Maxpedition one for a few reasons, Mainly the Price - The Camelback was $25 cheaper and nearly identical minus a front pouch (which I didn't need anyway). Both are insulated, but the CamelBak came with straps already on it. I don't like Maxpedition pouches because you have to buy Tac Ties in addition to their more expensive pouches. Now I understand you get what you pay for, but thats why I spent my money with them in the bag. I have a Condor pouch for my First Aid Kit, while it may not be quite as good as the Maxpedition, for me it works just fine. LAPolicegear.com and AirsoftAtlanta.com are a few resources for these...but you can find them nearly anywhere
     
  9. Mumbojumboo
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    I feel the same way, gdwtvb. I now buy the absolute best I can even if I have to sell off lesser pieces to fund it. For me it is just being more aware of what I want and what quality gear is. This forum and others (I'm looking at you CPF) have opened my eyes to what excellent manufacturers (both production and custom) are out there. I was unaware of anything better than Bass Pro. Now that I have experienced quality goods, it is hard to go back to something I expect to fail sooner than later. By the way, I find this for almost everything I buy now. I just don't see the point of buying cheap and having to replace it.
     
  11. Mister Scribble

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    Seems to me you're just benefitting from what you've learned over the years. You're better at selecting high quality items that will last.
     
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    Quality gear can be pricey, but not always. It's totally based on usefulness and personal preference. If you like something a lot you're more likely to have it on you and hold on to it. I've still got a North Face climbing pack from the late '80s from the outlet the that I got for next to nothing for some cosmetic defect that I never found. One zipper pull has corroded shut taking it to the beach over the years, but it's got two for that pocket.
     
  13. stevek

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    Buying the best you can afford is actually pretty frugal. How many times would you have to replace the cheaper stuff, to get the same use as the more expensive version? Not to mention that if it is a survival item, then you want to make sure it will be there when you need it. In rare cases does a cheaper product make a better buying decision. That said, though I have pistols costing much more than my Glocks, for a survival scenario, they are difficult to beat. Just IMHO.
     
  14. Mumbojumboo
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    You only need to worry when you look at someone’s knife and say, “Your woolly mammoth scales are lame, check out my T Rex Claw handle.” You say that. You are an elitist for sure.
     
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    Well said!!!
     
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    T-Rex claw handles rock!
     
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    Nothing at all wrong with buying the best gear you can afford. If you look down on others for buying gear that is less expensive than what you have, that's when you become a snob.
     
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    In addition to the expensive stuff that I own, I also own the super cheap, super bang-for-the-buck items, and sometimes throw them into the rotation. It makes me appreciate how good even the cheap stuff is, and makes me realize how much luxury I have buying the expensive stuff when it's clearly not necessary.

    I have a Spyderco Paramilitary 2. Good handle, excellent blade. I also proudly have a Victorinox Sportsman, which costs 1/8th of the Spyderco. It cuts pretty well too, has durable handles, and can open bottles and cans. It does everything that I need too; so instead of feeling like a snob with the Paramilitary, I just feel very spoiled.

    I also have a $30 G-Shock which will probably outlive all my other fancy diver's watches, both in battery life and in toughness.