Thursday, August 28, 2008

Equipment condition

I bet REI would like to know/see the condition of my gear at the end of trip... the stuff that actually survives, that is.

My large backpack from MEI is still doing great. My small pack that I bought in Australia is closing in on death. I will have to buy a new one in Korea soon.

I have been wearing my KEEN sandals almost everyday in Thailand and they were doing alright until just the other day when the back tag line fell off because of an open stitch. I found out they fix almost everything in Thailand so I found a shoe repair person for me in a small town called Thong Sala on Ko Phangan and had him redo that sew and reglue the bottom liner on for $1.50. Very inexpensive even though he probably charged me more than usual because I am Falang (foreigner in Thai).

My $15 sunglasses that I bought in Airlie Beach, Aus have lost a nosepiece and even I had that repaired, the glasses are so cheap it lost another nosepiece, so I am going to look for another pair soon as well. Maybe something in the $20-$35 range.

My clothes are doing great, still no rips or broken seams or holed up crotches. The spandexy travel underwear I bought at REI is doing well. I had my clothes washed by other people while I was in Thailand and so far everything is still ok.

I've lost the soft pads that go on the earbuds of my headset. I can find those somewhere. My blackberry screen looks like it's been through quite a lot but still very easy to read so no problems there.

My camera looks like it's been through World War 3 but it's still working well and I'm still taking nice pictures on it.


Blogger Ben said...

Jim, you should send a note to Cannon or Kodak, tell them that you are on a world trip for a year. Ask them if they would send you a camera for free, in return you'll write a review how well the camera hold up. You should also write to Keen and other companies that you got stuff from. For them, it's really cheap advertising.

September 2, 2008 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger suslee said...

hey - what camera did you take with you (make & model)?

December 4, 2008 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

Hi susan :) it's a canon sd 1000
It's no longer on the market. Replaced with canon sd 1100. It's the same thing but with picture stabilization on it. I bought that one for my dad this week.

December 4, 2008 at 9:00 PM  

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