Each Spring, I start taking measurements for a custom order Hilltrek ventile cycling jacket. But by mid-April, the choice of features (single or double ventile?), sizing crises, my austerity matrix (see below) and fear of overseas shipping costs stop me from placing my final order. I always console myself by imagining that I will one day visit Hilltrek on some larky Archival Clothing business trip and purchase my a made-to-measure jacket in person.
My idealized version of the Hilltrek cycling jacket would be a short waisted jacket in single layer ventile. It goes without saying that I love the Hilltrek jacket’s two-way zipper, zip-up map pocket and overall, sleek fit.
Archivist John A. just sent me some detail shots of his own new ventile jacket which activated my Hilltrek made-to-order form filling frenzy a month early.
*Austerity matrix (working version): Will item still be available in three years? If yes–delay purchase. Will I wear item more than 3x a week? If yes–move forward with purchase. Could I wait three weeks before placing my order? If yes–cancel order. Does item cost more than $300–if yes, delay purchase. Unless the answer to three of the four questions is no (or is it the reverse?), I postpone my purchase (typically leading to a complete erasure of the consumer impulse and subsequent regret that the item is no longer available for sale–or company has subsequently gone out of business). I think a point total would help better sort out the system.