Step 1. ....see article on gear or a reference to a piece of gear.
Step2 ......start googling every single reference to the piece of gear, no matter how obscure
Step 3 ..... Stare critically at current version of gear
Step 4........continue reading obsessively about new gear. Study the specs until know them by heart
Step. 5. ......think About how lightweight my kit will now be by cutting that additional xxx ozs.
Step 6 .... Figure the cost per oz. think again that hiking will be so MUCH better with new gear
Step 7..... Break down cost spread over the 10 years I clearly will be using said new pice of gear
Step 8..... Go stare at all the gear that now fills my large walk in closet and agree that new gear will fit perfectly
Step 9 ......reaffirm that hiking will be so much better with new gear
Step 10.... Buy gear