When people start in trekking, climbing, camping and so they often have difficulties to choose their equipment and it is not strange that they buy something, repent and then leave that item aside or even try to resell it to wipe out part of the injury. But when we don’t have a lot to be spending money option to find an outfit that we like? In this case there are tips that can help minimize the possibility of errors at the time of purchase of basic items such as clothing, tents, backpacks and accessories in General.
I’m going to talk about some points that can serve as a reference for you during the search of the next item on the shopping list or even at the time of purchase.
- avoid impulse buying, yes it is a good rule to prevent you buy any items you don’t need on your equipment list or use rarely and that could be rented–for example.This is a common thing with the material for ice climbing/high mountain.Items such as axes, crampons and ice boots should only be purchased if you go constantly to high mountain, in case of occasional trips and without climbing techniques is possible to select the part of the equipment rental – if this option is available, of course. Another important point from ZipcodesExplorer, good outdoor equipment is generally more expensive and lasts longer too! Listen well to this factor, I usually say that for long treks worth investing in three things: tent, backpack and boots. Don’t think that buying a cheap tent or a backpack that neither is made really for use in this type of activity they will serve well for a long time, or offer you the comfort and security necessary for a long trek. Who pays the price of the economy with my back hurting, blisters or sleepless nights is yourself!
- Focus and priority.Buy first what is most important, in General for the trekkers beginners the most important revolves around the following: tent, backpack, boots, dorir and thermal insulating bag and clothing.This is the basic kit, since stove and the like you can use shared with someone, dishes can be improvised, etc. When purchasing your equipment think about three things: weight (the lighter the better), volume (no the point of being lightweight and be huge) and technical characteristics (mainly tents and backpacks).
These items can help you:
-Tents: light (2.5 Kg on average, or less in more technical models), with advancement and a good water column (1000 mm or more)-think you need space for you and your cargo bag.
-Bags: you rarely have a backpack just in General will be 3 or even more. A freighter (between 60-75 l), sturdy, comfortable, with raincoat and Division to the sleeping bag. An intermediate backpack, around 30-40 l to hit trails back long and with some equipment – choose a comfortable backpack, with rain gear and sturdy too, with space for water reservoirs or pockets for bottles. And a smaller backpack for urban trips, backpacking trips or hand tracks well short, something in the range of 20 or 25 l.
-Sleeping bag: Watch out for weight and temperature, it is wise to choose the bag from comfort temperature and not the extreme temperature indicated on the packaging. How much lighter and less bulky the better to accommodate it in your bag and carry it.
-Thermal insulation: the lightest are the EVA (the most common) but they are bulky and generally go on the outside of the bag. Are cheap, but present no such comfort. A good option is the inflatable, but the really small are expensive and everyone always present the risk of puncture-repair kit solves. For beginners, and the difference is quite large between EVA and inflatable, I would recommend one of EVA even.
-Clothing: an anorak intermediate (high water column is good and check the sealed seams), a 100, gloves, fleece hat (for those who enjoy the mountains in the winter). Some people tend to buy pants and blouses of second skin (I like to use to heat during the night here in the mountains of Brazil) and even a pair of fleece.
-Boots: this is kind of complicated. Matter of personal adaptation to the weight, to the shape of the feet. Think of leather boots if you walk into land terrain and wet. Try to choose a good sole (here comes the boring part, you won’t know how it behaves in terms of adherence to use … Ask friends about their boots!)
- Research and more research!They are fundamental.Ask friends, look at reviews on the internet, read stories in magazines, compare products, try the backpack of anyone, or look with easy tent from a friend and so on.
This already gives you a base to start to define what you need and what the priority! Any questions, leave a comment!
Good trips and good riddance! Hasta!