For the gear junkie, black Friday shopping has been a lot of fun. I have gotten deals from 22% off all the way to 51% off on stuff that I have been wanting (it is hard to say needing) for the past few months. It is always tough for me to purchase items on a deadline and I have gotten a little carried away.
The first item was a ScotteVest travel vest. I think this will come in very handy traveling and I have been eyeing them for the past few months. I don’t travel enough to justify this purchase. Kind of like the eBags packing cubes, anything to make travel easier is worth it.
The second item was a swimsuit from Speedo. This is practically a consumable and it saves me a trip to the store. I usually will pick up one new suit per year which easily lasts me 100+ hours in the water. A suit and goggles is the equivalent of buying running shoes or new bicycle tires once/year.
The third item was a Tanaka pump head. I have been disappointed with Silca pump heads since 1987 when I got my Silca pump. After regular replacement gaskets, I am excited to give this toy a whirl.
The fourth item was a Craft Base Layer. This was a budgeted item for 2011 that I never got around to purchasing until I saw it on sale.
The final item is a fleece cycling jacket. I have been shopping for one of these since Veloswap in October so it was nice to find this on sale. I may not do enough winter riding to justify this one, but I was thrilled with the price and design.
So the triathlete in me was gifted a few nice items. I fortunately held off on the Finis Tempo Trainer and “Poker Faces” book by Hayano. I think they are worthwhile purchases but will be available down the road as well and no need to rush the purchase without a good sale.
Now I just need to pick up gifts for the family. This is always a challenge and usually I count on my wife to get the kids toys. I will have to put some thought into a gift for her.