In fact, I kinda justified my purchase based on the fact that I got them for about the cost of one month of a gym membership. Wouldn't you rather have new gear and the opportunity for fresh air over a previously sweated-on treadmill? I would.
And I should be able to pair them up with my gaiters for snowshoeing in the mountains. Hmmm.....mountains.....that makes me smile. Did you know I leave in less than two weeks? 12 days from now actually. Not that I'm counting.