Cottage manufacturers - interviewed
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Hendrik Morkel
(skullmonkey) - MLife

Locale: Finland
Cottage manufacturers - interviewed on 10/27/2009 12:44:41 MDT Print View

Shameless self advertising here, though I think you'll appreciate it. I interviewed Henry Shires from Tarptent, and some more interviews of cottage manufacturers will follow in the next weeks.

You can read it here.

If you got questions for them, let me know here or in the comments on the blog; I'll then include them in the next interviews.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Cottage manufacturers - interviewed on 10/27/2009 13:30:44 MDT Print View

Excellent. Looking forward to the rest of the interviews.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Nice on 10/29/2009 00:36:45 MDT Print View

Nice interview. It was an interesting read. I'm looking forward to the rest.

Hendrik Morkel
(skullmonkey) - MLife

Locale: Finland
Next is online on 11/01/2009 23:56:38 MST Print View

The interview with Glen Van Peski from Gossamer Gear is online.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Nice Job on 11/02/2009 00:15:14 MST Print View

Nice Job. That was a good read.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Next is online on 11/02/2009 02:54:32 MST Print View

Very nice! Things like this go a long way towards helping make BPL worth the time. Thank you for doing it.

Thomas Burns
(nerdboy52) - MLife

Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
Interviews on 11/02/2009 04:23:09 MST Print View

Thanks! These happen to be the two companies I do the most ordering from, and now I understand better why I do. Let's keep these cottage company's alive. They serve us well at great risk to themselves during these tough times.

Stargazer

Christopher Wilke
(wilke7000)

Locale: Colorado
Sweet on 11/04/2009 10:46:01 MST Print View

Awesome interviews Hendrik! I'm just starting down the lightweight path and have been particularly drawn to GG and TT's products. Very cool to get a glimpse of the men behind the gear!

Chris

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Cottage manufacturers - interviewed on 11/04/2009 11:03:51 MST Print View

Nice Job Hendrik - Ironically, this is what I expect to read on BPL.com...except from the staff @ BPL.com.

You should charge membership fees...;)

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Cottage manufacturers - interviewed on 11/04/2009 12:08:15 MST Print View

Thanks, Hendrick, very interesting interviews!

Hendrik Morkel
(skullmonkey) - MLife

Locale: Finland
ULA Equipment new owner interviewed on 11/05/2009 23:15:05 MST Print View

Thank you all so much for the positive feedback, its very rewarding to read and see that people like it!

Chris McMaster, the new owner of ULA Equipment, also took out some time to answer my questions, plus you're now also able to put a face to the name and get a glimpse at the new workshop!

(I know he was "interviewed" already here, though this interview is in a slightly more ordered form and puts down some rumours about coming products).

Edited by skullmonkey on 11/05/2009 23:16:02 MST.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: ULA Equipment new owner interviewed on 11/06/2009 13:00:33 MST Print View

Hendrik,

Thank you for posting up here about your interviews with UL Innovators.

Really was fascinating to get a look at the people behind the awesome products that we all love and to hear about what inspired them and how their businesses have matured over time.

Maybe someone/you should consider writing a book about the history of UL Backpacking?

How can we know where we are going if we don't know the history of where we came from?

The "fathers and mothers" of UL are without a doubt unique people who help identify and create an niche market that is having an impact on the mass market backpacking industry.....would make for an interesting read.

-Tony

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Cottage manufacturers - interviewed on 11/06/2009 13:06:53 MST Print View

Sounds like Chris is decidedly not UL. It will be interesting to see where the company goes from here.

Quite frankly I would be more interested in hearing what Brian plans to do.

Jace Mullen
(climberslacker) - F

Locale: Your guess is as good as mine.
Cottage manufacturers - interviewed on 11/06/2009 15:58:46 MST Print View

I do find it interesting that he is NOT UL.
Maybe cassey will take over a lot of the R/D stuff, as he knows what hes talkinga bout as far as what we ULers want

-Jace

Hendrik Morkel
(skullmonkey) - MLife

Locale: Finland
Re: Cottage manufacturers - interviewed on 11/07/2009 02:09:03 MST Print View

David, while Chris doesn't seem to be a UL backpacker, also Henry Shires stated that he has usually a baseweight of around 11 - 13 lb, and still he continues to make very innovative lightweight tents. Maybe we should give them a chance to prove themselves before we judge them?

Regarding Brian, I also would be curious to know, though I am not able to get in touch with him. If you got a good connection to him, feel free to hook up and interview him.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
ULA on 11/07/2009 19:21:22 MST Print View

Hendrik, I consider 11 pounds for a base weight UL.

Brian was the brain trust of ULA. Lose the brain and well.....


Time will tell.

Hendrik Morkel
(skullmonkey) - MLife

Locale: Finland
Grant Sible of Gossamer Gear on 11/11/2009 13:43:00 MST Print View

Grant Sible, President of Gossamer Gear interview is online =)

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Grant Sible of Gossamer Gear on 11/11/2009 14:52:01 MST Print View

Great interview....keep them coming!

-Tony

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Nice on 11/11/2009 15:05:18 MST Print View

Nice

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re:Cottage manufacturers - interviewed on 11/11/2009 16:01:50 MST Print View

Thanks for posting!

I have corresponded with Grant several times via email and he is always courteous, responsive, and knowledgeable. That is part of what makes Gossamer Gear my favorite gear manufacturer.