/ Got your money's worth?
These boots were my first ever walking boots, have seen me through all kinds of weather and terrain, over a gazillion miles it feels. They were put out to stud many moons ago in favour of more robust and newer items but they are still in good use, now being applied to dog walking, gardening, fishing, and general day to day wear. The soles are pretty gripless but for what they are used for, absolutely fine. What's more they havent really been well looked after but the uppers are still looking good.
I give you Trezeta Goretex leather boots whic cost about £60 in a sales from Millets. You have and continue to serve me well.
*I wonder if posher, more expensive items will last as long*
Both my Patagonia Snap-T tops. They go on forever.
Helly Hansen double pile jacket in bottle green from 1987.
Worn almost daily. Warmest jacket I've ever had.
You're telling me boots will breed? With each other? Or are two pairs required? Either way there's a lot of potential there for getting even more of your money's worth, if you can spend the time and trouble educating and polishing the baby boots .
Mountain Equipment Ultrafleece jacket, £40 in a sale 10 years ago, still going strong. Oh, hang on a mo - the little pull-tab on the zip came off about a year ago and I had to put another one on. So, only 99.9 out of 100. Sorry, Mountain Equipment, but rules is rules....
I wish they still made Ultrafleece, it's great.
Blue Karrimor alpiniste s 45+10 rucksack, the classic one. Don't know how old it is but dad used it since as far back as I can remember and I now use it. Seems pretty indestructible; nothing broken, all stitching still fine, lovely to use. Would never part with it.
Burton AK rucksack, bought it 16 years because it had straps to carry a snowboard. Used it for about 20 snowboard trips. The back stiffener can be used as a shovel and it will comfortably fit a 3 litre water pouch along with your other gear.
It has also been my daily work rucksack for all those years. It was my kite rucksack for a few years for kite-landboarding on the beach. Recently the zipper tabs have broken in half and the fabric around the waist band has started to fray.
Cost me £70 when I bought it and has been worth every penny. I love this bag and would buy another if they hadn't stopped making it. Still going strong as my work bag and its the first bag I will use as a day pack.
Rab Summit Jacket, circa 1999. Still warm, still light. Just a bit filthy! Still can't beat the feeling of putting it on sitting outside under the stars in winter. I actually look forward to the first time I can wear it each autumn...not happened yet this year.
Karrimor Hot Earth rucksack, similar era. Slightly faded, but otherwise still bombproof.
Of stuff I've got more recently, only my Scarpa Mantas and some Patagonia base and mid layers seem like they'll last for ages.
I'm still using Karrimor Technical Hot rucksack, bought around 1990. No idea what I paid for it but it's bombproof
Gransfors Bruks Small forest axe. Cost a reasonable amount, but with a bit of care, is likely to last me most of my life.
> Rab Summit Jacket, circa 1999. Still warm, still light. Just a bit filthy! Still can't beat the feeling of putting it on sitting outside under the stars in winter. I actually look forward to the first time I can wear it each autumn...not happened yet this year.
Couldn't agree more - mines a few years older than that and still going strong. At about £10 per year I think it's been very good value!
Briggs and Straton (I think) lawnmower from Homebase maybe 17 years ago at <£100. Absolutely no TLC but still starts first pull every spring.
Still have other larger Karrimor sacks from late 1970's which see occasional use.
Still have Rab sleeping bag which has seen good use over 20+ years ( Yes.. it has been cleaned!)
Jetboil, one of the originals. Must be 10 years old now. Was saying to my mate just the other day <while waiting for it to boil water> it has to be the best item i have ever spend my cash on. I get it out and pack it, throw it around for a few days, get home and put it away till next time. No maintenence at all, it just works, each and every time.
More value still, a set of small screwdrivers, six in all, used as my go to set for DIY, well over 30 yrs old, and almost as good as new. Cost 99p.
As for clothes and accessories I still have some well used and functional at more than thirty yrs old!!
Karrimor Hot Rock. 21st Bday prezzy from the ex, therefore 21 yrs old.
Lasted longer than the relationship.
>> Blue Karrimor alpiniste s 45+10 rucksack, the classic one. Don't know how old it is but dad used it since as far back as I can remember and I now use it. Seems pretty indestructible; nothing broken, all stitching still fine, lovely to use. Would never part with it <<
ah yes that was the problem with the "original" Karrimor business model I think: the gear just too plain simple good and long lasting!
How could that ever work in today's outdoor consumer market...
Quite impressed with all the Karrimor stuff still going strong. My Karrimor Jaguar E63 bought in 1985 and used extensively is looking better than I am.
I reckon my car - which I've had for about 3 years now - has cost me about £3.5 per mile. Each mile has been very pleasurable though ;)
Karrimor Hot Ice, now 33 years old and still my rock climbing rucksack.
Buffalo Special 6 - 11 years on and still snug as a bug in it. Love it.
Interestingly, also an ancient karrimor alpine hot rucksack. Now junked.
In a lurid pinky Colour, with a well oversized top, and a half karrimat for a Back system, which was so tiresome to Take in or out it never saw the Light of day.
Still using my Freney duvet from 1974.
A lot of Karrimor 'HOT' series sacks on here. I've a Hot Ice too in red, I find it a bit small for cragging but it is a bomb proof sack, you've dated it about right, I got mine when I was 14, I'm nearly 45 now so its 30 odd years old. I still have the green mouldable back pad in mine too :-)
climbing every season in remote areas since 1972
rings and straps at once changed to a lot more endurable plastic.
Once in a very remote region nobody to call at for 10 miles
cell phone battery ran out felt cannot move both legs.
Stood still, full weight on ski poles.
Tried to move one leg, then other by inch, in 15 minutes felt better, reached base camp until dark.
Poles seem to save me.
I have a couple of berghaus packs that have lasted well too. My Vulcan is 20ish years old and has seem a fair bit if use. Too big for non-green work so lives in a cupboard now. Shame really.
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