I've always been a bit of a Gucci kit fiend. Much of my salary gets spunked on outdoorsy gear that sees little use or stuff which I can use on exercise to make my life marginally easier. If it's got a shiny anodised bit or is stuffed with goose down, chances are I'll buy it. My spare room looks like the base camp for an Everest exped. Even my car is a giant 4x4 truck capable of crossing deserts, I'm currently considering having it fitted with a snorkel and a safari roof rack, why? Because I can. I suppose when I bought it I had visions of setting off into the wilderness on epic adventures. As yet the closest I've got to this is a pissed up camping trip with the lads. Anyone else confess to being a kit fiend? So where do you get your fix? What gear do you like and why? What gear have you bought that is crap? What gear are you thinking about getting? MLP recently introduced me to a company called Alpkit which sells much of this sort of stuff and is directly responsible for me being skint this month, other companies I've found to be reasonable are RV ops and This Tribe, both of whom are affiliated to Arrse and RR. I'll even confess to buying some stuff from Sports Direct. It's seriously cheap. FFS I even have some Primark thermals which I'm actually quite impressed with. I've currently got a rod on for the following stuff: Lowa mountain boots - Old skool but still the best in my opinion. Buffalo lightweight mountain shirt - Just awesome, get one for wearing to the pub. Jetboil Sol - If you're still using Hexi to cook your ratpack you need to check these out. Alpkit down jacket - Toasty. Head walking shoes from Sports Direct - Only £30! Win. Citizen Promaster Divers Watch - Late Christmas pressie to myself I reckon. Karrimor Mountain Hat - About a 1/4 of the price of the Lowe Alpine one but pretty much the same. Pussers issue DPM basha and Gore Tex Bivi Bag - Tents are for gayers. **** it, I'm going for a ****.