Green jacket, you’ve been good to me. We’ve been through a lot together, but it’s time to say goodbye. You just aren’t the same rain coat that I bought six years ago and I’ve found another, one that is better in the rain, is a lighter weight, and quite frankly, is better looking.
When I found you six years ago, you were $45, a steal amidst the other jackets whose price tags were over $100. When I wore you for the first time on the Pacific Crest Trail, you were good to me. We had some good rainstorms together, and you protected me in the wind. But, three months of daily wear took its toll on you, not to mention the next four years after that of intermittent use in Vancouver, Washington.
Then, we took our second journey together on the Appalachian Trail. That’s when I really started to see your faults and I realized you just weren’t the same anymore. You leaked in the slightest mist, pieces of your insides were falling apart, and compared to newer jackets out there, you were about a half pound too heavy. But, I stayed true to you, even when I saw jackets on sale at REI.
You cycled down the West Coast with me and even made an appearance in my 100 mile race. The final straw for me was when you no longer zipped up. Now, how am I supposed to stay dry when I can’t even close the front of you? Because of these reasons, I think you’ll understand my decision.
I have moved on, green jacket. This last hike on the Colorado Trail showed me the light when I took along a new companion, a North Face jacket, weighing in at just 10 ounces. It kept me dry, it didn’t break the bank, it weighs almost half your weight, and it’s downright cute.
This is it…so long, green jacket. We had some good years together and you have seen some of the best scenery in the country. You’re not even worthy of Goodwill, so you will be joining the weekly garbage. It’s not a dignified end to your life, but you are in such a dilapidated state that you have left me no choice. I’m sorry. It was good while it lasted. Goodbye, my friend.
PS. Your spirit lives on. Matt just purchased a green Marmot rain jacket that’s the spitting image of you.