People ask me often about gear. What I have, what I recommend, brands… I wanted to talk a little about gear. A disclaimer though, I buy high quality.
Let’s start with this quote:
“Trust comes, in part, from simplicity. When something is simple, it’s possible to understand it in fullness. When you understand a thing, you can trust it.”
It is very true. The simpler the gear, the better it is. Your life depend on this. Yes, I buy gear that it’s useful and can be used during emergencies. I learned this in the military and while climbing big mountains.
Gear you can trust is expensive. There is no way around it. However, because it is built properly it will last, making the investment worthwhile. With proper care, these items will last a lifetime and you will not have to spend more money on another one.
My friend Patrick Rhone put it very simply in his post Final Choices:
Anywhere I can make a buying choice that I, with proper care and maintenance, will never have to make again for the rest of my life, I do. In those cases, I’m willing to pay far more for an item if I know it will last a lifetime and, even more importantly to me, I will never have to spend the mental energy making a choice again.
When choosing your next piece of kit, think about what you need first, then quality and then price. Get the best you can buy with your budget. Try to get the one piece that will give you what you need, that is the best in it class. Have one of it, a quality one. Don’t buy 10 of it, cheap versions. Then learn everything about it. Become familiar and make the item a part of you,
Then use it.
Buy the best you can afford and take care of it. It will take care of you.
(Original version written for Red Teams)