The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Ski Gear

ski jacket and pants I’ve never been skiing in my life, but am suddenly consumed by a desire to try. Chalk it up to watching too much of the Winter Olympics, I guess!

Anyway, I found what seems to be a decent set of ski gear (jacket and pants) for less than a hundred bucks (marked down from $295). It doesn’t hurt that it’s almost March, so the winter stuff is on massive clearance right now.

I’m going to do my best to get out on the slopes somewhere this season, but if not, I’ll definitely go next year. I think the savings I got on this gear is worth having to store it for 9 more months!

Nike Thermal Tech Running Gloves

nike thermal tech I try running outside as much as possible, even in winter, so I don’t mind investing in quality cold-weather gear that will last for a long time. I had been using some Under Armour gloves that got me through three winters — and could probably keep going, to be honest — but wanted something new. So I got a pair of Nike Thermal Tech Running Gloves similar to the ones pictured here.

I went with these Nike gloves because in the store they looked comfortable and warm. Plus, they have the following features:

  • Reflective elements for safety
  • Key pocket
  • Therma-FIT technology (for warmth
  • Soft fleece fabric
  • Touchscreen-compatible thumbs

They were very similar in price to Under Armour as well, so I figured why not.

Anyway, after a few weeks of using them, I think they’re okay — but not great. I was in between sizes (S and M) and went with the larger size, which might have been a mistake. I don’t like the looser fit very much. In addition, though they’re much thicker than my old UA gloves, they’re not significantly warmer. I don’t know if this goes back to the sizing issue or not. Maybe if they fit properly, they’d be warmer?

Overall, they’re just fine and keep my hands reasonably warm in colder temperatures. But I find that I alternate between these and my old UA gloves still, which shows that I don’t love them. In fact, I use these more for non-exercise excursions than for running. Either way, I intend to get my money’s worth!

Looking at Quad Copters

On last week’s episode of Modern Family, Phil Dunphy used a quad copter to fly over a high fence and spy on what his son was doing with his friends. Now the bit on the show was used as a gag, but I thought the copter was pretty cool!

I’ve been checking on quad copters for myself, and found that they come in a wide range of prices. Entry level models start at a few hundred bucks, while the more advanced stuff can easily set you back a thousand dollars or more. The features and flying capabilities are of course directly related to the price.

Obviously, I don’t need a quad copter for anything other than fun, so I’ll limit myself to the cheap models for now. Time to start comparison shopping, reading reviews, watching videos, etc. This could be fun!

Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Tee

seahawks super bowl I haven’t bought any NFL-licensed products in years, but I’m making an exception in honor of Seattle’s Super Bowl win. Even though I’m not from Seattle, I was pulling for them with everything I had because so many of my Denver friends have been talking shit about the Broncos all season long. HAHA, I’m so glad they lost!!!! I loved listening to all the excuses this week!

Anyway, I’ll gladly spend $25 just to be able to rub it in a bit more….