Cheap is rarely good.
This is also the case with outdoor material. Cheap is rarely good. There are a few exceptions, but usually the rule is that a price tag is also for a certain quality. In the beginning, you will initially feel that you have saved some euros … until you use it. I still remember my snow shovel that I bought somewhere for a fraction of the normal price and broke in pieces at first use. And there you are.
See your outdoor gear as an investment that you will have for years to come. And usually it ends with spending more money if you have bought something cheap.
So save yourself time and money and buy the good at once.
Buy a system
That handsome shirt can look perfect with that T-shirt, if it’s not matched, it’s useless for outdoor use. You are nothing with, for example, a t-shirt that emits very easily moisture and a shirt that does not transport that moisture further.
Always buy clothes that are matched to each other. Not in color, but in terms of functionality
Know what you buy
Make sure you know what the circumstances are about where you are going. To make it extreme, in the desert, you need other clothes than in the cold north.
If you do not know what to expect, you can not adjust your material there. Maybe you do not need that expensive down jacket at all …
Buy clothes that you can use in several seasons.
Consider, for example, good hiking pants can quickly cost around 200 € If you can use them in several seasons it’s a real bonus. (our favorite is the Keb of Fjällräven). That is why we also buy merino wool shirts. These are cool in summer and warm in winter. It all costs lots of money already. So the more you can use it, the better.
This brings us to the next point. Buy clothes that you can use in different layers. A super insulating ski jacket is amazingly warm, but only for use in the cold winter. If the weather is slightly warmer you will sweat like a pig.
Therefore, it is better to buy clothes that you can use in layers. For example, a sturdy rain jacket with a down jacket in winter and then a sweater and a base layer when it’s really cold. Is it a bit warmer, or good weather, you can easily leave a layer. If it’s cold add one. Do not forget to match all the layers
Waterproof does not hurt anyone
Although every person is waterproof, it is nice to have good waterproof clothing. Even when you leave with good weather you never know what will come. And waterproof clothing can do so much more than just protect us from the rain. It prevents undercooling, and is also windproof. Too many advantages not to include it.
Lightweight is one thing, comfort another
Although we do not want to carry extra kilos, we still need to keep our comfort in mind. What are we less weight, but cold during our breaks with a bad recovery? So think about what you bring and the weight of your backpack, but keep your comfort (and your safety) in mind. Better slightly heavier and comfortable (and safe)