For so many preppers the push for the newest gear, that “brand”, that “style” tends to outweigh the need for regular training. This approach is great for those of us who train but do not have allot of money, simply because, in the end we know there will be caches of materials available for those of us who don’t mind looking or foraging from the dead.
Training with what you have is far more important then buying new equipment. However, I will be the first to tell you that buying new equipment is also extremely important at times especially if what you have is not working as it should. This is where MORE training and testing comes in handy and becomes necessary.
For instance, for the last few decades I have used aluminum or steel mil spec canteens and over time added camel backs because I simply liked them and they work! However, with time and much use has come the realization that a better approach was necessary. So I switched around a year ago too wide mouth canteens, the type many day hikers use. I have remained with single walled steel canteens simply because it was essential. After testing a small variety I settled on the Klean Kanteen as it was simply the best all around decision for myself. The sport version is the one I prefer as it is built a little more rugged then the standard and works quite well for my needs.
So now it is time to answer the questions.
Is more expensive better in prepping? Honest answer, rarely. It is the rare instance in which a less expensive but still structurally sound device will not preform to the same standards as the more expensive designer name brands do these days. When it comes to knives I have found that $9-$20 Moraknivs will work better then others in the same size. Or for folders the $9-$15 Opinel is an amazing bit of gear. Always be smart, always be ready, always train with what you have! As a side note, currently there is a great price on the Bahco version of the Morakniv Companion– same company, blade size, stainless steel just branded for Bahco, $9.40 you cannot beat the price- grab a couple!
What is really important? That’s easy, training (practice), always. The most important aspect of prepping is training!
Free the mind and the body will follow.