When Quality Matters
It might seem like I'm always looking for the best bargain or the "cheapest" version of something. That's not entirely true. There are certain areas in which I'm ok either forgoing something or buying a version of lesser quality, but in some instances I know that buying the highest-quality version I can afford is best.
An example of this is my raincoat. A raincoat? Yes. For just walking around town having a super high quality rain coat might not seem necessary, and it probably isn't. But for backpacking having a great high-quality rain coat is absolutely a must!
This is my new Arcteryx rain coat. It wa actually given to me as a present, so I didn't really have to spend the money on it. I WOULD HAVE though. Why is a rain coat so important? In the backcountry rain means cold and cold can mean hypothermia in a brief amount of time if you get soaked and chilled. A rain coat should not only keep you dry, it should also keep you from sweating. It's important to find a high quality rain coat that is also breathable. Cheaper quality coats get wet quicker, meaning water might soak through. They also often don't have vents for breathability meaning even though you aren't getting rained on, you're sweating and causing your own condensation within the coat!
My point is, there are some things in life that are worth the price. A good tent, a good sleeping bag, a rain coat, cookware...we all have those items that we're willing to pay for. And honestly, isn't that why we all pinch pennies in the first place? So when we need to purchase a higher-quality item, we can?