I like stuff that works.
|Dinner time at -15C. Patagonia R1 hoody, Arc’teryx Gamma jkt and
Mountain Equipment Annapurna downie over everything. Toasty.
And Alpkit long-handled spork. Best eating implement ever.
This generally means:
- Well designed – points for being efficient, elegent and innovative
- Easy to use
- Does several things and/or can be used in different ways. I dislike one trick ponys.
- Un-fussy – the less faff the better
- Reasonably longevity for the price and function
- Good value (not in any way the same as cheap)
- Preferably from small, independent manufacturers
- Less common – if there’s a choice between something everyone has and a less common bit of kit, I’ll often move away from the majority)
- Preferably British made
Without giving away an excessive amount, it’s worth saving a little about my body shape for fit etc. My body shape is the reason that I don’t have loads of Hagloffs kit for instance. What little I have is amazing but it just doesn’t fit me. Same with a lot of Arc’teryx trousers.
I’m around 177cm tall, with a 34 inch waist (80kg), big fat thighs and fat arse (I blame a childhood of rugby, football and mountain biking). I usually wear a medium in most things but occasionally will get a large to get over my legs. I think that’s enough about me.