Bought some more equipment today. So far, the major purchases have been:
The coat, a Marmot Thunder Ridge 3-in-1 jacket. It’s got a zip-out waterproof (nylon-coated) fleece and a weatherproof outer shell. Perfect as a winter jacket, fall fleece or raincoat. I later contemplated why it’s called a 3-in-1 jacket since it only has 2 layers, and came to the conclusion that the different combinations make up the triune: 1) shell and liner, 2) shell only, and 3) liner only. Probably a no-brainer, but I was pretty proud of myself.
The backpack, an Eagle Creek Grand Voyage 90L. It can hold 5600 cu. in. of stuff and it has a detachable daypack. The reason I got this rather than, say, an Arcteryx Bora 95, is because the zip-off pack is a smaller backpack rather than a fanny pack. Mighty useful when you’re leaving most of your stuff locked up and going out for the day around the town, and you don’t want to look like Clark Griswold.
The shoes, Montrail Hardrock trail running shoes. They provided the most arch support, over some crazy-looking North Face shoes and a pair of Merrells. They’re nice and light too. I didn’t really like color scheme at first (the grey in the photo is a lot darker in reality), but the woman at REI said she bought a pair for a trail running marathon (!) and liked them so much she used them during a regular marathon (!!). Plus, they appear to be award-winning. I took them on a short trip into the city and back and was pretty pleased with their performance.
Other purchases included some nylon, quick-drying pants and a long-sleeved shirt, a travel organizer and a toiletry kit. Blah, blah, nothing special after all the major items. If anyone has any suggestions, or don’t-forgets, please let me know cause I probably will.