Guys and Ladies, I see the same thing in mountainbiking. It is probably prevalent in every activity that involves equipment.
It would seem that there is a “reasonable zone” of saving weight moderately and then there is the “silly zone” where lots of weight can be saved at the proverbial plaas se prys.
To each his or her own, granted. If you have the money to burn, go big but is the juice worth the squeeze in terms of real life benefits?
Speaking as a TOTAL newbie in hiking, would I really notice the difference between a 1kg backpack over a 2kg backpack with all the other variables that could come into play?
As for buying overseas I personally feel that great bargains can be had in terms of specific stuff that some local retailers don’t (or sometimes simply won’t) carry.
Yes, I also fly the local is lekker flag so I can be a bit of a walking contradiction but let me give you a practical example.
When I bought my last tent it arrived without some zips. This was a total non-event since Cape Union sorted it out for me in a flash without question or issue.
If this was a direct import of some tent not carried by SA retailers it could and would have been a very different story…