A Renewed Appreciation

What do you look for when buying outdoor gear? Some people look for popular outdoor brands, while others make their selection based on aesthetics. Maybe you look for specific features, or maybe you throw yourself at the mercy of an employee at an outdoor gear store in your area (not a bad idea). No matter what you personally look for in outdoor gear and outdoor apparel, everyone considers the price tag.

It’s not uncommon for people to look at a selection of goods, find the cheapest option, and grab it. Unless you own a money printer, price is an important factor. Price shouldn’t necessarily be the deciding factor, however. Cost doesn’t necessarily reflect quality, but well made goods are typically more expensive than low quality goods.

We’re seeing an interesting trend, especially in the outdoor community. More and more people are willing to spend more money for higher quality goods.

There’s a renewed appreciation for well made goods and quality outdoor gear. Craftsmanship has once again become the focus for savvy shoppers, and there’s good reason for this trend.

Cheap outdoor gear isn’t always cheaper.

Buying cheap outdoor gear isn’t always the smartest buy. Sure, you spend less in the immediate moment, but over the long-run, cheap outdoor gear is often more expensive. That’s because poorly made products have a shorter lifespan. This means that you have to replace these items more often than well made goods. You can do the math on a $150 rain jacket that lasts 15 years compared to a $50 rain jacket that you must replace every 3 years.

Quality determines longevity, but it also dictates performance.

Cheap gear typically means inferior quality. There are certainly exceptions, and you don’t have to buy the most expensive outdoor gear to get a quality item, but don’t be surprised when a cheap rain jacket leaves you soaked. It’s true that you get what you pay for. Quality outdoor gear lasts longer and provides better performance than cheap outdoor gear. This, of course, means a higher price tag, so you just have to decide if it’s worth the extra cost.

Learn when to invest in quality gear.

An appreciation for well made gear is one thing. Knowing when to apply that appreciation is another. Sometimes you don’t need to spend more money on quality outdoor gear. If you live in the desert, you don’t need a top of the line rain jacket. If you camp once a year, you don’t need a hand-crafted, organic, artisan, small-batch tent (we don’t carry those, even if they exist).

Quality outdoor gear can often be expensive, so it’s important to know when you should invest. If you spend every chance you get outdoors, if you get outside in rough terrain, inclement weather, and harsh environments, if you want to buy outdoor gear that lasts a lifetime, or if you want something that you can hand down to your kids, you should invest in quality outdoor gear.

We carry high quality outdoor gear suited for outdoor enthusiasts who demand the utmost performance as well as affordable outdoor gear for the casual camper. Stop by and see us in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to see our entire selection of outdoor sporting goods!

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