15 Second Review #1 | Hiking Boots
Boots on left: expensive leather Danner hiking boots, purchased circa 15 years ago. I have tried to make them work ever since, I really have. Even after the infamous "moderate hike" up and down Medicine Bow Peak, elevation 12,014 ft, where I had to actually say left foot right foot for the last two miles or so because I felt like these boots were blocks of concrete strapped to my feet with angry little trolls inside working hard to create the most impressive blisters ever. I couldn't wear shoes with backs to work for more than a week after that hike. And yet I persisted for at least 14 more years because, DANNER.
Boots on right: brand new Salomon boots, priced as seconds on Sierra Trading Post, purchased last month. I picked them out in part because they had the lightest weight in the product specs. They are like WEARING CLOUDS ON MY FEET. I love them. They make me want to try the death march up and down Medicine Bow again. Bonus: no angry trolls.
Moral of the story: Don't persist in wearing boots that aren't a good fit, just because they were expensive or the best. Insert life metaphor here.
15 Second Review #2 | Water Bottles
Water bottle on left: Trusty old Nalgene bottle, third in a long line of Nalgene water bottle ownership. I'm not sure what happened to the first and second ones, but I've been drinking from Nalgene water bottles for years. Even when the water is warm and slightly humid-tasting.
Water bottle on right: Brand new Hydro Flask, purchased after Matt researched water bottles for a solid month and purchased one, going on to rave and rave and rave about his brilliant water-bottle-researching-skills for another solid month. I tried his (orange, 40 oz) and had to agree: the water stayed amazingly ice cold even overnight. I didn't love the metal taste from drinking out of the wide mouth, though. He bought a straw top replacement, which solved that problem. I bought my own (slightly weird shade of green, 32 oz, with straw top replacement) immediately and haven't looked back.
Moral of the story: Matt is (almost) always right. (Except about Danner boots.) And, life is too short to drink room temperature, humid-tasting water.