Originally Posted by wisenber
If I had to buy all of my gear at one time, I never would have done it. Those three quilts if bought today would be just shy of $850 with shipping.
However, if you keep an eye on sales and used gear, you might get all of that for half. Then if you further stagger your buys over time, it's not that bad. I have no intention of paying for my retirement up front with a single payment, and I'm not buying all of the gear I'll ever use at once either.
Amen. I think the only thing I've paid full price for is my TQ and time was an issue. Absolutely though, if you keep your eyes open and get a piece at a time you can save quite a good bit.
It also helps to prioritize your needs for hammock camping. Like buying an UQ first vs. a TQ because you can use a sleeping bag (SB) as a TQ a LOT easier than an UQ.
Chisel away at it and over time you'll have a whole new gear system.
There's also a lot of seasonal sales that go on (can't wait for the spring sales) and it's a GREAT way to get cheap gear, all the clearance sales. People are pretty good at posting great deals they stumble across.