I think you just stepped into a hornet's nest. Probably would have been best for you to hang around a few months to capture the breadth and width of the expertise here. Unless you are trolling.
Let me tell you about some of the members here (and I apologize for anyone I missed)...
Packs? Dan McHale has probably and fitted more packs than anyone on the planet. And people pay up to $2,000 for his biggest and best. Ever see these brands in Backpacker Magazine... Golite, MLD, Gossamer Gear? The owners post here.
Tents? Henry Shires (TarpTents), Ron Moak (Six Moons Designs), and Ron Bell (MLD) post here a lot. You can read reviews of their products in Backpacker.
Sleeping Systems? The most advanced quilts in the world are built by members here.
Books? You probably sold some of the ones written by members here. Ever hear of Chris Townsend?
Epic Trips? Our Andy Skurka just completed a 5,000 mile circle of Alaska this winter - solo and ultralight. Read about him in National Geographic. We have people who climb Denali with ultralight gear.
Stoves? Rand over at Trail Designs is world known.
Scientists? Richard Nicely and Roger Caffin are experts in their fields and do real world long term testing.
Oh... I forgot the publisher of this site... Dr. Ryan Jordan. You can purchase many of his books on Amazon. You should read about his adventures; such as the self-supported 1,000 mile hike across the Arctic.
And God forbid you post a gear list and Mike Clelland doesn't like it :)
I, like many members have been backpacking for 40+ years and are often humbled by the expertise here. We have other members who have worked at REI longer than you... they usually quit and go hike the PCT, ACT, or CDT (if not all 3).
So chill... I have never seen so many pages in one thread as have been generated today.
Oh, and welcome to BPL.. and I am sincere about that. The people here are really nice, but you may feel a little overwhelmed (or underwhelmed) by their reception.