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It’s easy to assume that costly gear is enough to improve your situation. It’s just not always the truth. We live in an age where the internet is filled with “review” articles that do one thing more offensively than any other. These articles assume they know who you are better than, well, you do.
You see, survival gear can only be measured by the person using it. What is gold to one man could be trash to another. I own both a Condor three day assault pack and the Paratus three day operators pack by 3vgear. I have packed both of them and used them both on the road and in the woods. The versatility of the Paratus just makes it a better bag, for me and its cheaper.
I also hustled a high density, low temp sleeping back around for years. It was made by a high-level producer and it felt like I should be carrying it. However, it wasn’t long before I realized it was too bulky and way more than I needed for most camping trips.
Don’t underestimate marketing!
Its a powerful tool and many companies use it to make you believe that you need something when you might not even want it! That was the case with my first fixed blade knife. It was a tanto blade that was different from any pocket knife I had before. I wasn’t accustomed to it but I bought it because it had a great tacticool look and feel.
After sinking about $300 into the gear I mentioned above, I realized it was time to start buying the things I wanted instead of the things that cost lots of money or that looked a certain way. Hopefully, this advices goes a long way for you!