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Mark Hurd
(markhurd) - M

Locale: South Texas
Enthusiastic Endorsement! on 02/10/2010 20:25:11 MST Print View

I have been known to enthusiastically endorse TrailDesigns, the TarpTent line, and Montbell.

But no one has mentioned Bill Fornshell and Cuben.

-Mark

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Enthusiastic Endorsement! on 02/10/2010 20:44:01 MST Print View

I think Bill is made of cuben! And I hear he's designing a space station using cuben!

Joshua Gilbert
(joshcgil2) - F

Locale: Seattle
Re: Gear Brands and Their Pimps/ Brett on 02/10/2010 20:46:49 MST Print View

I remember Brett posting an image of a guy in a purple pimp suit with "Pimping Montbell" next to it,a few years ago when I first joined. Pretty funny.

I rarely pimp anything, except maybe softshell systems for winter use. and I don't post enough to be associated with it.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Gear Brands and Their Pimps on 02/10/2010 20:49:35 MST Print View

It was really disappointing when Franco didn't get a Moment. I'm sure I'd know 5-10 new, unintended ways to set it up now. Oh well, it's all fun.

Ike Mouser
(isaac.mouser) - F
gear i pimip on 02/10/2010 20:59:06 MST Print View

Its not so much as pimping but rather a tested consensus; Everyone seems to like the warbonnet blackbird hammock as do i.

Other gear that i pimp? Not much really, im always talking about AARN bodypacks, simply because i think (from first hand experience) that its gonna change backpacking forever once those patents expire/someone copies it in the American market. Franco also pimps the aarn packs as well.

Edited by isaac.mouser on 02/10/2010 21:03:37 MST.

YAMABUSHI !
(THUNDERHORSE) - F
Re: gear i pimip on 02/10/2010 21:13:12 MST Print View

that earth glider, marathon magic,& liquid agility look nice.

Have you tried their trekking poles?

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Gear Brands and Their Pimps on 02/10/2010 21:24:14 MST Print View

I don't think I "pimp" brands. But it has been pointed out that I have a lot a Gossamer Gear stuff. Didn't start out that way, but I just keep replacing/adding stuff and it is generally GG.

Brad Groves
(4quietwoods) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Re: Gear Brands and Their Pimps on 02/11/2010 09:52:38 MST Print View

I'm probably "guilty" of spreading a great many loving words for Trail Designs Ti-Tri/Caldera and for Western Mountaineering...

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Gear Brands and Their Pimps on 02/11/2010 10:02:15 MST Print View

Brad - you are being too modest. What about Osprey?

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Gear Brands and Their Pimps on 02/11/2010 10:11:08 MST Print View

What about those who pimp their own MYOG ideas?

LIke Franco and his Tarptent mods, for example. (especially the Contrail)

Edited by T.L. on 02/11/2010 10:27:56 MST.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
OK! OK! OK! on 02/11/2010 12:33:02 MST Print View

Alright David, (Family Guy), maybe I do pimp the Moment just a teensy bit more than is seemly. But DAYMN!, that tent is so nice.
(Have I mentioned I like it a lot?)

Good tents are "artistry in fabric and poles" and that tent is one of the most artful. If "form follows function" then the Moment is a good example of that dictum.

(Gotta stop now. I've run out of superlatives.)

Lori Pontious
(lori999)

Locale: Central Valley
Re: Re: Gear Brands and Their Pimps on 02/11/2010 12:35:39 MST Print View

People tend to look at you funny if you talk about stuff you don't know about... so I talk about the gear I have. I know how it works, or didn't work, firsthand.

Also am very appreciative of the cottage industries that put out great gear and think that word of mouth helps them stay in business (selfish of me, but someone's gotta stick around to sell me another pair of Lightreks when I abuse mine into breaking).

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
International Pimp on 02/11/2010 13:01:05 MST Print View

I think Eric is the only international pimp though.
He pops up regularly on the OM forum (UK) everytime there is a thread on tents or waterproofs. Moment, Cabelas Paclite, Moment, Cabelas Paclite, Moment, Cabelas Paclite........
I'm sure he mentioned both on a thread about trekking poles once. ;)

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Gear Brands and Their Pimps on 02/11/2010 13:47:22 MST Print View

Ray
once asked Henry if Franco worked for him. ;-)
and...?

Travis
LIke Franco and his Tarptent mods, for example. (especially the Contrail)

Tarptent came to my attention because of the Virga/Squall. I thought that they were the nicest tents I have ever seen.
After corresponding at length with Henry (often about photographic gear and from work...) I bought the Rainbow because it seemed "safer" (more tent like ) to me.

Then I got the Contrail, the more functional but aesthetically challenged version of the Virga.
So I made it my business to re-design the rear end... (that also happens to work better in the rain and wind)

Franco
Contrail California way


Contrail Tarptent downunder

Contrail California version


Contrail TarptentDownunder version..

Brad Groves
(4quietwoods) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Re: Gear Brands and Their Pimps on 02/11/2010 13:54:33 MST Print View

Dunno, David... I think I only mention Osprey as a counter to your Granite Gear proselytization, er, pimpin' ;P... but then, I typically "represent" for GoLite, too... not brands I bring up so spontaneously, though, as others.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Gear Brands and Their Pimps on 02/11/2010 13:58:45 MST Print View

@Eric and Brad - most of us are gear whores here so pimpin' your favorites seems like the only rational thing to do. Now about that new Osprey Stratos 26.....

Arapiles .
(Arapiles) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Re: Re: Gear Brands and Their Pimps on 02/12/2010 04:23:18 MST Print View

It was good to meet/catch up with Brett and Miguel ... and in an act of extraordinary generosity Miguel gave me a UL present ...

By the way, although it's now been deleted from TLB, I posted a review of the Mont Bell Torrent Flier there in early 2002 ... so I claim the title to being the first Mont Bell pimp

Dan Cunningham
(mn-backpacker)

Locale: Land of 12,000 Loons
Re: Gear Brands and Their Pimps on 02/12/2010 08:37:12 MST Print View

Mike Clelland! is always pimping toilet paper.

Er... wait... I think I have that backwards.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Gear Brands and Their Pimps on 02/12/2010 08:44:22 MST Print View

I love the exclamation point after Mike's name. Mike, there a story* behind that?

*Originally misspelled as "store," hence Miguel's post.

Edited by T.L. on 02/12/2010 11:51:29 MST.

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Gear Brands and Their Pimps on 02/12/2010 09:20:13 MST Print View

Mike, there a store behind that?

Well, if he's pimping then most likely there is a store behind the exclamation mark!