What did you NOT buy today?


New Member
Jan 29, 2022
You need what you need, when you need it. Try to be sensible. I don’t want my gear holding me back, or failing all the time. I really feel quality matters and that, generally, you get what you pay for. A few of the items I carry have been with me twenty years, others brand new and the whole range between. Repair, replace or upgrade as necessary. I get a lot of wear and enjoyment out of my goodies and am grateful for their company on my adventures and the shelter, warmth, and sustenance they grace me.

Well that's exactly it. We weren't in a shopping mood. We were in a bind for time and needed gear for a trip so we took what we could get. Usually that's not the way to go about things, and certainly not our preference. The fact we get a do over is just a silver lining to a canceled trip. Nothing more.

Sorry if I'd given the impression I canceled my group's trip so could return gear so I could post about it here.


Apr 27, 2016
I did my own valve adjustment on my previous car a few years ago. It made me feel like a car genius because it's the most involved maintenance I've ever done myself. Haha.

I've heard the Honda Element is a gem of a vehicle. I was surprised the first time I heard that because my opinion was entirely based on their appearance.
If we want to start throwing vehicles in there I love this thread. I have a 2002 VW Jetta TDI with 250,000 miles on it. I put all but 30,000 on there. It gets such great mileage that we take it a lot of places we shouldn't. I have replaced the little belly skid pan about 8 times. We took it to visit family for Christmas and the alternator went our near Jerome Idaho. Luckily my brother lives out that way so he showed up and we replaced it in the dark in the the single digits. That is the most difficult alternator replacement ever. We had to move the power steering pump just to access it.

Also several years ago on a trip to Arizona the timing belt went. We rented a U-haul and car hauler and towed it all the way to shop in Logan, Ut. Our mechanic loves telling that story to people. We aren't even considering getting rid of it until at least 300,000 miles.

We did buy a new Tacoma in 2018 and it is great. It is primarily used for fun activities, and we plan to have it for quite some time.
Oct 16, 2022
Longest currently in use equipment in my household are some cheap big box store tents that cost $40-$50 (3P tents) that have been in use for 8-9 years so far. Had to retire one of them as it had multiple holes in the fly and the mesh, and our dog had an "accident" in the tent :-/ on the last day of a camping trip.
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
Nanda What did you buy today? Gear 467
forest dweller How did you meet most of your backpacking companions? General Discussion 83
Miya First Solo: I Did It! Backpacking 25
HomerJ I Can't Believe We Just Did That General Discussion 3
balzaccom How did the hiker cross the stream? General Discussion 5
Nick So what did you get? General Discussion 17
LarryBoy What car should I buy? Gear 50
wsp_scott Help me buy a bike Gear 10
Rockskipper Wanna buy a Colorado 14er? General Discussion 13
MVS Would you buy....? General Discussion 3
LarryBoy Snow Shoes - what should I buy? Gear 6
Nick Support BCP - Buy a beanie! General Discussion 38
McGimpkins The only backpack anyone should ever buy General Discussion 4
F Tell Me What to Buy with REI Gift Card Gear 9
Tater Head point and shoot-What to buy? Photography 5
Christian What vehicle should I buy? Gear 47
DAA Bear cannister, need to buy one... Gear 37
steve Boats... to rent or buy? General Discussion 124
Backcountry Post Where do you buy your gear? General Discussion 14
Archbishop suggestion: buy-sell-trade Questions, Suggestions & Support 1
balzaccom Yosemite Story in USA Today Resource Discussions 0
Absarokanaut Flooding in Yellowstone National Park and Adjacent Areas of Montana Today June 13, 2022 General Discussion 82
regehr major flooding in hanksville today Trip Planning 4
Bob Yellowstone today ...... 4/21/2020 General Discussion 0
K Retired From Work Today ... Time to Return to the Wilds! General Discussion 20
K 38 Years Ago Today ... Close Grizzly Bear Encounter in Wyoming's Teton Wild. Everything Else 2
Hiker Seth Franconia Ridge today Hiking & Camping 7
Rockskipper 59 years ago today - Hebgen Lake Quake/Yellowstone General Discussion 5
Perry Saw My First Utah Bear Today... With a Bonus General Discussion 0
kimbur96 Today's training hike Blodgett Peak Hiking & Camping 0
Nick Maintenance Today Questions, Suggestions & Support 9
Henk Just found this today Noobs: Introduce yourself! 4
baltocharlie REI Flash on sale, today only 4/17 Gear 0
HomerJ Backpacker Mag - $4/yr - Today Only (6-14-12) General Discussion 5
Bill Strange Flickr Stats Today.... Photography 14
Bill 97° in Hanksville today General Discussion 7

Similar threads

Don't like ads? Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Click here for more info.