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June 13, 2022, 11:46 a.m. -  Justin White

A good hunter is able to succeed no matter the quiver, yes. However, a quiver that fits the hunter, the prey, the environment of the hunt, will allow the hunter to succeed more easily, with less expenditure of energy, both physical and mental. Also, you think the good hunter is going to just continue to use generic or less suitable tools? This always annoyed me with the old "a good carpenter doesn't blame his tools" metaphor. A good carpenter just doesn't work with bad tools. Even the best carpenter ever can't make dull chisel work as well as a sharp one, so the tool will get modified: it gets sharpened so that it's not a bad tool anymore. You have to complete the metaphor: A good carpenter doesn't blame their tools, they make their tools better. The good hunter, or good rider, will do the same. I can, and did, ride the same terrain on a late 90s hardtail that I do today on a 20+ years younger 140mm trail bike that fits much better; but I can go further and farther on the new bike because I don't have to account for the bike's shortcomings, and can try alternate lines with a greater margin of error because the new bike is a better tool for the job. So yeah, don't blame your tools when it was a user error or limitation, but also don't suffer through ill-performing tools when there are better made, or just more suitable, options.

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