I'm getting ready to buy a pack, tent, & sleeping bag for my first backpacking elk hunt in the fall. While I don't have a problem buying some of the expensive items that are made by some of the more well known companies such as Big Agnes, Mont Bell, Eberlestock, etc. I keep wondering how much different their items are compared to a company like Kelty, Eureka, or companies similar to them who make the the same items I'm getting ready to buy at a much cheaper price. I don't have an problem spending the extra money but is a BA tent is really going to keep me dryer or stand up better to the weather than a Kelty or Eureka tent, same when it comes to bags, and packs. Based on some of the reviews I see of the mid rage brands their items aren't that bad. So I guess what I'm asking in the end is it really worth it for me to buy the more expensive items?