I have a running battle with my own self: I like to buy the more expensive attire and gear for hiking and camping and out-of-doors stuff. I like the North Face and L.L. Bean and The Territory Ahead stuff. I’ll even venture into the Orvis line if I’m really feeling frisky, and sometimes for my toys I’ll shop at the big boy toy shop Lilliput.
My wife rolls her eyes sometimes when she see’s me drooling over a Nantucket Sandbagger Model in Lilliput that costs $300…“What the hell are you going to do with that???”
I always counter by saying something like - what do you care, it’ll be in the boy room downstairs!
She doesn’t like that response.
Aside from my own guilty pleasures I do feel a little tinge when searching for a good buy. Like the EMS fleece I can buy for 60 bucks or the north face model for 120. Do I buy the brand name or do I go for the better bag for my buck. A lot of the times I like to shop American made stuff as much as I can, and so I have been veering away from North Face and into the L.L. Bean world a little more.
As for quality, I have found differences in the market. Sunglasses for instance. I pay $8 for my polarized sunglasses from Walgreens. Why? Because I lose, break, sit on, drop in the ocean, more sunglasses than I can count. So why spend $120 a pop for something I lose alot?
Shoes, I like shoes that will last and stand up to the test of time with this rugged outdoorsman. Merrill are my dhoe of choice, but I also like the new Keens for durability. Bu they haven’t been out long enough to see if they stand up to the test of time.
How about you? Quality = $$$ or not?