Hunting, Fishing, and Hiking Equipment
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No matter what incredible adventure you are planning, being properly outfitted is critical to your success and comfort. In an ideal world, every possible combination of gear would be available at your local outfitter or box store, but since that is not practical for retailers, you should not hesitate to modify your gear to best fit you and the particular climate and situation you are prepping for. Those that are most successful in the world of extreme or hunting sports have the ability to think outside the box; if something is not working for you or if you find yourself wishing something about your gear were just a bit different, think of ways to tweak it yourself rather than spend more money trying alternate products. Continuously searching for perfection that doesn’t exist will mentally exhaust you and drain your wallet in the process.
Having the right gear should be thought of as the foundation of your outdoor life. Taking the time to research apparel, tools and gear will be time well spent and will allow you to spend your time enjoying your adventure. The last thing you want to be thinking of while you are up in a tree stand or hiking the best peaks is how cold your feet are or how the one strap on your pack keeps slipping. Invest in the highest quality, most suitable gear you can afford, don’t be afraid to make a few adjustments of your own, and most importantly, field test your gear before The Big Day. Just as the best chef wouldn’t dream of sending a new recipe out of his kitchen without first trying it himself, don’t make the mistake of assuming everything will fall into place for you… try it ahead of time!
Short of going out and investing thousands of dollars in every possible style and brand of gear, one of your best resources in finding what will work for you may be fellow sportsmen. Pick the minds of your friends, engage in conversations with local outfitters, search the Web for reviews on particular items and educate yourself on the intended use and expectations set for the gear; particularly important if you are starting a new activity and may not have the practical experience to draw on yet. An outdoorsman (or woman, as may be the case) can think of nothing more disappointing than to get out in a remote location and find your equipment is sub-standard. Think of it this way: If you’re wearing gear that regulates your body temperature, whether warm or cool, you are more apt to stick with whatever you are doing and see your endeavor through to the end. If you haphazardly threw some outdoors gear together at the last minute, you’re gonna ‘feel it’ at the end of the day, whether it’s in the way of sore muscles or an empty bait bucket with nothing to show for it, the success of your trip relies more on your hunting, fishing or hiking gear than you probably realize.