Generally, stick with a few brands that I know will work for me. Occasionally, if something comes on the market that looks good and the price is right I'll jump on it. So mostly Patagonia, Metolius, BD .75, 2, 3, BD screws. Jumped on some good deals for BD packs years ago, they worked but the longevity isn't there, I do love their avalung integrated packs. Took a chance with Cilogear awhile back, they're nice but I'll probably go back to CCW for the next one. Say what you will about Patagonia, but for me that stuff lasts, most of my long johns are 8 plus years, and I still rock one pair that's over 20 that I x-c skied in everyday for four years and gets stuffed in my pack for every hike and climb.