When it Comes to Sports Equipment

Most athletes are tempted to buy expensive, top of the line sports equipment – and who could blame them? Of course they want to use the best equipment available on the market! However, like most things, just because something is expensive does not mean it is always the superior product, and it certainly doesn’t mean that it is always the most appropriate product for each individual athlete.

When considering the purchase of new sports equipment, the interested athlete really needs to keep his or her own personal needs in mind. Much of the truly expensive equipment available today comes with added tools or specifications that are of no use to the casual or even moderately serious athlete. For example, there is little need for a weekend bike rider to spend £5000 on a competitive cycle. While such bikes may be invaluable to a professional biker, they just include unnecessary bells and whistles for amateur riders.

The other thing to keep in mind when searching for new equipment is that in many cases, the expensive equipment doesn’t really offer many more advantages over the less expensive equipment. Generally speaking, when it comes to equipment like football boots and gloves, bats and pads for cricket or clubs for golf, the moderately priced equipment offers the same benefits as the more expensive equipment at a cheaper price tag.

This does not mean that the moderately priced gear is always going to better than or equal to the more expensive equipment. It simply means that in most cases moderately priced gear is more appropriate for the average athlete, who presumably is not in need of a £5000 bike that weighs three pounds less than a £1000 bike in order to shave a few minutes off his speed in a marathon.

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