View Full Version : New gear every year?
05-10-2013, 03:45 PM
So I was just reading Adam's article about new arrows in the latest magazine and have also seen a LOT of articles lately in other magazine about new gear that is coming out this year. It seems like some guys are out there buying a new bow setup every single year. Does anybody on here actually do that or are all these articles simply about trying to get you to go out and buy the latest and greatest crap? I myself need a new bow badly but once I get one, I plan on using it for 5 years at a minimum, hopefully more like 10. Now that equipment is so great, I just can't think of a good reason to buy a new bow every year and having to bother with finding the right arrows, rest, etc...
05-10-2013, 06:54 PM
I am right there with ya NDHunter. I am definitely not one of the guys that buy alot of new equipment each year. There may be a piece or two that I try to upgrade but that is about it. In fact I just had a new string and cables put on my bow this week. So the Hoyt Maxis 31 will be with me for at least 2-3 more years.
05-10-2013, 08:20 PM
I enjoy getting new gear and I try to buy the best I can afford. That being said, I assume most people don't buy the same things every year. For example, maybe it was a tent three years ago, camo and rangefinder two years ago, boots and rain gear last year, binos and pack this year. I gather from your post, you were asking about people that buy the 2013 model of the 2012 widget they bought last year.
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05-10-2013, 11:40 PM
I'm with DryFlyGuy, I buy a few things every year to keep up on stuff that is wearing out. Buying a new setup every year because some new articles and adds are out is insane. The 2013 stuff isn't sooo much better than the 2012 and so on. I use the money to actually hunt on out of state trips instead of buying unnecessary crap. Having good gear and spending time in the field makes you a better hunter than spending more money on gear and less time in the field.
05-10-2013, 11:48 PM
Like any hobby, guys vary a lot in how much they spend and how often they upgrade, whether its trading in vehicles or golfers buying a new set of clubs or a new driver.
I don't think there's any conspiracy behind guys writing articles on the newest and best hunting stuff. I certainly like to know what's new and what performs best and I appreciate someone knowledgeable doing a lot of the research for me.
Personally, I buy what I need, buy high quality, and usually buy the expensive stuff slightly used, just like I've always done with my vehicles. That's always worked for me and I feel like I'm being a good steward of the money I've been blessed with.
But, that doesn't mean I never upgrade my equipment and when I do, I want to know what to upgrade to.
05-24-2013, 10:04 AM
I normally pick up a few things every year. Last year was the exception for me. I finally decided to delegate my old PSE bow to backup status and bought a new bow and accessories. I also went through my hunting cloths and ended up buying some new stuff. Other than that when I do buy something I try to make the best I can afford at the time so I don't have to go out every year to replace something....Mark
05-24-2013, 10:50 AM
I'm with you, buy a great bow once and use it for several years. Bows to me seem to depreciate insanely, so buy the best I can afford, and keep it for 5-7 years, then sell it on craigslist to some guy just getting started. The technology has been so advanced the past few years or so that you are gonna have a great bow if you purchase from a leading manufacturer.
05-24-2013, 12:44 PM
It's not often I buy new gear, when I do I usually buy middle of the road stuff. The only top of the line gear I ever bought was a pair if Kennetrek boots, I was not happy when they leaked when they were only 5 months old. I won't be buying another pair of those! I don't have a spotting scope yet, I am really struggling with the price of those and how often I will use it. Top of the line gear is just way to expensive for me, house and family are me expense priority right now. Maybe when the kids are on thier own I can start buying better gear. Until then I will have to deal with heavy packs, uncomfortable clothes, wet feet, old heavy rifle, cheap bow, crappy bino's and no spotter.
05-24-2013, 01:18 PM
I don't buy something new just because some magazine writer said it was the best they've ever seen. If what I have is doing the job, I keep it. When something wears out or breaks, then I look for something to replace it. At my age I have just about everything I think I need. Another thing to think about....have you seen many stories in magazines that the writer didn't like the product they were reviewing? IMHO the have a vested interest to write something good about products so they keep getting more hardware to write about.
The only thing new I am thinking about buying is a new GPS. I sold my old one 4 or 5 years ago because it was just too damn hard to operate....at least for me!
05-24-2013, 01:29 PM
I wouldn't mine upgrading my GPS this year as well.
05-24-2013, 02:06 PM
I have probably hit my budget to update equipment for this year, although the year is not up yet….. :)
I upgraded a rifle and scope this year after having had the same rifle since I was 18. For the most part I won't upgrade something unless I really see the value in it for me, but everyone has there own way, how they like to hunt and what they find important to them.
Over time I've upgraded things that have made more sense than others. Some were welcome upgrades like clothing and finding Merino wool. Not having to stink as much from being out for a week in the backcountry has been most welcome. Another welcome upgrade has been a better GPS, the one I had in the early 90's was big and bulky, hard to use and no mapping feature. Better optics upgraded has been well an eyeopener. What I had before was more of a headache due to eye strain and not having the clarity to see in low light.
I've had some other upgrades over the years but for me the ones mentioned above for me have been like putting off getting reading glasses and then getting the eye exam and fitted for a pair and wondering why I put it off for so long.
05-24-2013, 04:47 PM
You gotta have something new to take with you each fall, big item or little item, doesn't matter.
05-24-2013, 05:46 PM
I definitely always get something new every year.. Even if its just some new camo clothes.. I wouldn't have updated my bow this year but we got sponsored by Mathews and I wasn't going to pass that up! But most the stuff I buy, I spend the little extra to get something that will hopefully last me for years.
05-25-2013, 12:51 AM
I really seam to make my gear last. I think I end up very outdated because I am also reluctant to buy anything until what I have fails me. This year is a heavy spending year for me as I have gotten some real education on proper clothing and better lightweight gear. I struggled last year hunting because of unsatisfactory or just outdated gear, and I am committed to not let that happen again.
07-29-2013, 08:00 PM
I tend to do a couple items a year and buy the best that I can afford. However, "big" items optics, bow, pack etc. I expect to get 5-10 years out of atleast.
I wouldn't want new everything every year, there is a lot to be said for having experience with and being comfortable using the gear you have, I think. My time in the Mtns gets more limited every year it seems, I want to enjoy it, not be trying to figure out something new all the time!
That being said, I do like shopping for gear, who doesn't! Ha
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