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Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Gear Brands and Their Pimps on 02/09/2010 23:40:04 MST Print View

On a lighthearted note... you guys ever notice how some people always post whenever a particular brand or gear type is mentioned? Be they pimps or gurus -- some that come to mind:


MLD packs - Thom Darrah!!
Tarptents - Franco!!
Big Agnes tents - Ray Estrella!!

Any wp/b jackets - Verber!!
Anything about insulation layers - Richard Nisley!!
Water treatment - yours truly :)

Any other associations that come to mind?

Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Gear Brands and Their Pimps on 02/10/2010 06:13:40 MST Print View

Patagonia - me
(Ben, it used to be you for the BA SL2 and the TT DR).

Also, I imagine we all promote what we use.

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: WNC
Re: Gear Brands and Their Pimps on 02/10/2010 06:18:07 MST Print View

I'll promote anything I feel works really well. I don't care who makes it really. Of course some of us buy and sell a lot more than others so we can try stuff out even if we know it likely won't replace something in our stable.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Gear Brands and Their Pimps on 02/10/2010 06:26:31 MST Print View

I;ve gotta admit I may have pimped ULA packs a few times. But only because I didn't have a beloved SL2.

Richard Lyon
(richardglyon) - MLife

Locale: Bridger Mountains
My brands on 02/10/2010 07:41:26 MST Print View

Ben, I'm guilty as charged. I tend to speak up for Nunatak, Westcomb, Hilleberg, and my friends at Mystery Ranch. Richard

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: Gear Brands and Their Pimps on 02/10/2010 07:42:48 MST Print View

Mont-Bell - Ben
Aquamira Tablets (not drops!) - Ben


I agree with Chris, we tend to recommend what works for us. I know that I do it as well (probably with Gossamer Gear). There isn't anything wrong with that at all as I see it, but it can be comical at times.

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: Gear Brands and Their Pimps on 02/10/2010 08:01:01 MST Print View

I'm definitely not a part of this. I easily see the flaws in any piece of gear. Everything is a compromise!

Thomas Burns
(nerdboy52) - MLife

Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
Gear Brands on 02/10/2010 08:14:09 MST Print View

I try to avoid writing positive reviews. Any outfit that I support tends to tank fairly immediately.

Has anybody tried to get to the Fanatic Fringe web site, for example. Great backpacks! I guess I'll be nursing mine along for a good, long while.

Stargazer

Josh Leavitt
(Joshleavitt) - F

Locale: Ruta Locura
Pimps on 02/10/2010 08:26:46 MST Print View

I hadn't noticed ;-)

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Gear Brands and Their Pimps on 02/10/2010 09:32:04 MST Print View

I have noticed the same trend / people.

I would characterize my pimping to be whatever I am playing with right now. I didn't realize I posted so much on wp/b threads, but as you noted in an earlier thread, I am always tinkering with my jackets so maybe I am guilty.

Hmm... From the first few pages of search results I noticed I did post a lot of rain wear and related topics. I also noticed someone who generated more posts that I did.... our very own Benjamin Tang. Now I know why Ben noticed these trends. He is on every thread :-).

My only wish is that I was "pimping" wp/b rather than complaining about them. Maybe I should try an umbrella again since I am not using pole most of the time these days.

--Mark

Edited by verber on 02/10/2010 09:43:42 MST.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Gear Brands and Their Pimps on 02/10/2010 09:53:11 MST Print View

Now Ben has made everybody self conscious and the forum will shut down from no posts! jk

Jonathan Ryan
(Jkrew81) - F - M

Locale: White Mtns
Re: Gear Brands and Their Pimps on 02/10/2010 09:58:42 MST Print View

I guess I am for Patagonia. I rarely find any fault with the stuff I buy from them. That said it could be due to the fact that their stuff always fits my 6'4" frame, it is functional on the trail and versatle enough to wear to the office.

Tom Caldwell
(Coldspring) - F

Locale: Ozarks
Re: Re: Gear Brands and Their Pimps on 02/10/2010 10:01:18 MST Print View

"I'm definitely not a part of this. I easily see the flaws in any piece of gear. Everything is a compromise!"

I have about the same philosophy. As a negative thinker, I tend to focus on flaws, but do my best to be content with what I can afford from available gear choices.

If I had to pick a brand, maybe Warbonnet Outdoors for the Blackbird hammock...although I could find a few flaws in their tarps, topquilts, and underquilts.

Edited by Coldspring on 02/10/2010 10:03:59 MST.

Gordon Smith
(swearingen) - MLife

Locale: Portland, Oregon
Pimp? on 02/10/2010 10:01:40 MST Print View

I consider myself more of a wh0re than a pimp. I'll sleep with any piece of gear once.

G

te - wa
(mikeinfhaz) - F

Locale: Phoenix
Re: Pimp? on 02/10/2010 10:03:44 MST Print View

the only thing i "pimp" or promote is my own brand.
now get to work, beeatch, and bring me my money!

www.te-waunderquilts.blogspot.com

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Pimp? on 02/10/2010 10:04:56 MST Print View

Aye. Whoring with gear is fun -- but pimping is where the money is. :)


Edit: Mike got it!

Edited by ben2world on 02/10/2010 10:05:40 MST.

Dave T
(DaveT) - F
posting. on 02/10/2010 10:10:57 MST Print View

> Now Ben has made everybody self conscious and the forum will shut down from no posts!

No, the forums will continue. However, it will just be long threads of only Ben posting, post after post, into the deafening e-silence.

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: posting. on 02/10/2010 10:18:36 MST Print View

No, the forums will continue. However, it will just be long threads of only Ben posting, post after post, into the deafening e-silence.

You wonder how we got by during that awful dry spell when Ben was on e-sabbatical!

obx hiker
(obxcola) - MLife

Locale: Outer Banks of North Carolina
Taking Ben Down on 02/10/2010 13:20:43 MST Print View

Just whisper these words......... Caldera Keg.....Caldera Keg....Caldera Keg so small so lite so tidy......Caldera Keg.

This thread could get ugly.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: The Caldera Troll on 02/10/2010 13:35:43 MST Print View

LOL! B to self -- don't fall for it, don't fall for it, don't fall for it...