Ok so the title sounds a bit like a match, game or perhaps even a war between two competing individuals vying for the title. But what it really speaks to, is an idea or thought process that so many of us go through everyday. Weather it’s concerning our vehicles, homes and for those of us obsessed with diving, our gear. Should I buy new or stay with my tried and true “old” vehicle, home or gear.
Honestly, I have this issue every year when I read “Scuba Diving Magazine” or “Sport Diving Magazine” and their yearly or quarterly equipment reviews. I mean, dangle a fancy new regulator, computer or fins in my face and my mouth starts to salivate. Some of my friends even poke fun at the fact that I buy the best in any sport I enjoy. But sometimes the best is you tried and true buddy.
But how can you make an educated decision. Well first lets take the emotion out of the equation, and yes I know easier said, than done. But for the sake of our conversation I expect you to do your best! Below is a list of items to consider when weighing the pros and cons of “NEW vs OLD” gear.
- Expense – Ok so this is a “NO BRAINER” right? or is it? Sometimes we don’t take into effect the WHOLE picture and just balk at the upfront cost or we think “WOW… that is an amazing deal, I want it!” The next time you look at new gear or consider keeping your old gear ask yourself: How much does it cost? What are the transportation costs? What are the maintenance costs? If it breaks on my trip, can it be easier repaired?
- Comfort – Remember that new gear takes time to break in and it also takes time getting used to the “newness” of it. If you’re planning a huge trip make sure that you are well versed in the use and functions of a new piece of equipment or even you’re old gear.
- Growth – Ok so this sounds like a strange thing to thing about when weighing out your options but I think you really need to think about is “Will this item grow with me” if your love turns to an infatuation if you will. What I mean is will this new BCD, Computer or whatever else you buy work for me now and well into the future. There is nothing worse than buying something and then finding that you have to buy something else so you can do both and spend more money in the long run.
Dive Hard & Prosper.