Best thing you bought this year?

IveofIone

Active Member
#1
Let's face it-we have a lot of consumers on this board and some of the stuff we buy is actually useful. Are there products that you acquired in the past year that bring a smile to your face when you use them and give you a sense of satisfaction? Let's hear what the good stuff was, not confined to just fishing related.

Living out here in the boonies I don't get to the city very often and seldom get to handle things before I buy them. I have to rely on the internet for information and often ask you guys for advice because you are so much more hands-on. Some products arrive and the second I look at them I know they are going back. But some are real treasures that I don't know now how I lived without them.

What are yours?

Ive
 

bitterroot

Love vintage graphite!
#2
This should be a great thread!

My tent (REI Halfdome 2+) with two, side-by-side,Thermarest Expedition mattresses.

I did a fair amount of camping/fishing trips this year and these have improved my disposition immeasurably. :thumb:
 

Porter

Active Member
#6
Bought a couple North Face wear products. Have been really happy with wind stopper rain pull over jacket, keeps body dry. Bought it at REI on sale, also bought a lightweight stocking hat for work....good stuff, slowly becoming a fan of North Face over Patagonia. REI has some good stuff under their name too.
 

Irafly

Indi "Ira" Jones
#7
Gas, No really, I stopped somewhat worrying as much about the cost and just bought it and went fishing. That and ferry fees.

Ira..
 

dryflylarry

"Chasing Riseforms"
#8
One of these little "floatant caddy's" that hook on my vest. Silly, but I love the convenience of having the dry fly floatant right there, upside down, not having to "squeeze" any to get it out on my fly. Why I didn't have one years ago beats me.... ah, simple pleasures.
 

Luke77

I hope she likes whitefish
#10
Baby backpack for my daughter. We couldn't have done with out it this year.
Redington CPX 6 wt switch. This thing is by far my favorite rod.
Georgia boot - Romeos for my son, he loves those things and they look really sharp on him too.
Bikes for the family and a trailer for my daughter. We love being active, but didn't know how to get my 1 year old daughter out there. The trailer was the ticket!

Those are the ones that pop into my head.
 
#12
I'd have to say the combination of my my wife's wedding ring, new fish mobile (Jeep Grand Cherokee) and my first spey rod... All just symbols of how great of a year it's been...