I have spent the better part of my life enjoying the outdoors, camping, hiking, paddle sports, bicycling, photography, shooting sports, and the like. I enjoy the diverse landscapes I find, whether it be hiking the mountain trails of the Rockies or paddling the serene waters of the Florida coastline.
Being a gear hound, I enjoy the technical equipment aspect of all of my outdoor activities. All that time spent in the outdoors working with gear has given me a keen insight to what works, and more importantly, what does not. Now that I am retired, I have more time to enjoy my outdoor diversions; however, my new life on a retiree’s fixed income has made me very critical of every penny I spend on my equipment. The equipment I invest in simply has to work. If it works, I am happy. If it does not, someone is going to answer for it. I take this same theme when evaluating products. I am happy to see something perform well, but if it does not, there is going to be a discussion.