For my recent birthday I was given some money. What should I spend it on? I’ve already got enough gear to open a shop. But have I got the right gear? Am I consuming too much? If I don’t buy am I putting someone out of a job? Terrible dilemmas.
The two major pieces of gear I’m thinking of are a GoLite Quest rucksack and a Paramo Vasco jacket. Why bother as I’ve already got an Osprey Aether 60 and a Paramo Viento, both of which are not that different? I’m tempted by the Quest because it’s a bit larger than the Aether and sometimes it can be a squeeze, especially if I’ve got a lot of food. I also quite like the idea of the large front pocket and the hip belt pockets. I like the idea of a mouldable back system and it is slightly lighter than the Aether. I’ve also just read Geoff’s review of the Quest on his website and he’s very complimentary. He remarks that although it is not waterproof, it sheds water well. This is one aspect where the Aether is not so good, although I always pack my gear in waterproof stuff sacks. That credit card is beginning to twitch in Bob and Rose’s direction.
What about the Vasco? Apart from looking a bit more stylish than most of Paramo’s offerings, it is supposed to be a slimmer fit. I could probably use it for mountain biking as well as walking. I quite like the Cobalt Blue. Most of Paramo’s colours are bit dubious. The OM reviews are good.
Yeah let’s go for it! It is (was) my birthday after all.