I wasn't sure where to post this Craig Medred article, it being pertinent to many outdoor activities, so I'm putting it here. Ive always liked his writing, though I haven't always agreed.
Gear is fine but won't replace skill or good sense
Published: May 4th, 2008 03:25 AM
Last Modified: May 4th, 2008 03:25 AM
When did everything become so much about the gear?
Want to catch more fish? Buy a better -- and, of course, more expensive -- high-modulus graphite rod with state-of-the-art ceramic guides.
Want to be safe from avalanches? Buy the latest beacon with digitized tracking.
Want to be secure in your ocean kayak? Buy not only the best personal flotation device but a Gore-Tex dry suit too.
Want to be faster on the bike? Buy a new ultralightweight carbon frame.
Buy, buy, buy!
Pick up a lot of outdoor publications these days, and they look more like advertising supplements, right down to the quote-unquote "gear reviews."
Why not just run a pretty picture of the newest, hottest piece of gear and a headline simply saying, "Buy this!''?
I've used a fair bit of this state-of-the-art gear. Some is very, very good. Some is not.
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