Comfortable kit : best buys

Another weekly prompt photo challenge from GC and Sue has made me think.  Best buys?  Well, how about our walking kit and gear.  It’s what we love spending our money on.  Here are three items with detail about how long I’ve had them and how many miles they’ve travelled.

A new and fairly recent (last Christmas) purchase was my Rab alpine jacket. This jacket was not cheap.  Infact it was three times more expensive than my previous puffer/padded winter jacket.   But, this one has a hood and more importantly it’s purple!  That’s what matters most doesn’t it – the colour?

Fingers crossed for many warm winter walks with this.  So far i think it’s travelled about 150 miles including trips into and around our fine city of Norwich.  Here’s me sporting the jacket in Norwich Cathedral cloisters.

Two years ago I bought my Tilley sun hat. This famous Canadian brand has a great reputation and lifetime guarantee.  An heirloom for one of my nieces? Who knows.  So far so good with this hat…..scrunch it up and put it in your back pack and out it comes as good as new.  It’s probably travelled about 500 (often sweaty) miles.

About 25 years ago I bought a pair of Leki walking poles and they are still going strong.  Used all over the Lake District, Peak District, South West Coast Path, Snowdonia, Scottish lowlands and of course our home country of Norfolk.  They also went on holiday to Switzerland, Madeira and Mallorca.  They must have covered many thousands of mile, helping me uphill, downhill and all sorts of terrain inbetween.  They are, however, due for retirement.

The thing is will a new pair last as long?  Will they see me through into my old age?  Can these new light weight, shiny models be as good?   Decisions, decisions….

Me with Leki Treking Poles, on Cat Bells (fell) in the Lake District National Park : about 20 years ago.

Me with Leki Treking Poles on Crinkle Crags (fell) in the  Lake District National Park : 3 years ago

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