Re: What counts as 'budget' kit?
surely the biggest decider will be your finances, its all relative to what you can spend. my first jacket was an aldi waterproff with zip out fleece, it is also windproof. 3 years later still have it and wear it for walking the dog. excellent for the price. waterproof trousers were portwest, not breathable but kept the rain out.
shop around read the reviews and get out and enjoy.
terrybnd does some great reviews of gear, over a period of time not just 1 day on the hill, sfter all, it could be a great name/brand but if it doesnt perform::-(.
hope some of this helps.
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All very true and thanks for the kind words.
In the past 10 months of spending more time out on the hills walking, sleeping under nylon than at home in comfort or in my own bed - I can honestly say very very quickly you see the potential durability of kit.
And yes, it's because it's used often for days on end etc.
So far, I've been quite lucky with gear (not all is blogged about) - only a couple of bits were a bit of a nuisance or let down.
In the main, you'll find budget gear compares quite well out on the hills. The only difference 'really' is comfort. ie, you too sweaty or do the zips have storm flaps (and do they stay in place or eventually folk under and just not cover the zip anymore).
Clothing has been generally fine, waterproofs mixed - tents good (except one that got wrecked on it's first nights use) and shoes OK.
I still go back to gear I owned (and still buy stuff, too) because they're just good. And most of it aint expensive stuff either!
There are some things of course, where money does count - and that's down. As in down feathers in sleep bags etc. Tents, too.
Other than that - whatever you're comfortable with is what counts. Simple as that. And no one can tell you what will make you comfortable or not. That's for you and your pocket to decide, eh?
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