Imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery. Luke, I'm not going to hate you.
"I actually recall a comment somewhere (I think it was Ryan Jordan's blog) comparing the HMG Porter prototype to McHale packs. I don't recall the specifics but basically Ryan said he was excited about the HMG pack and that he thought it MIGHT be almost as good as a McHale pack. Personally I'd say immitation is the sincerest form of flattery."
Don't you think The Porter might be almost as good as a McHale if Ryan is designing it for them? Doesn't anybody get this? Ryan takes in packs from various companies ostensibly to review and test them and then takes that knowledge to help other companies design their packs and build his reputation? Do you think it's a coincidence that the width of the Daisy Chains on the Porter is within 1/4" of mine? a 1/4" Margin of error in 12" is not much when dealing in fabric. What else is going on? Is this the sincerest form of Flattery? We know Ryan has been helping them - it's all over the net. If it's their design, they don't need him, so it is what it is because of him. But gosh, I guess it's OK because they are selling it cheap.
This is better known as Conflict of Interest.