Glad that you are softening your positions a little on this subject. Not that I am put off by opinionated articles as such. But sometimes things can get a little too pedantic, as with the observation in your prior referenced article: "It is foolhardy to go into the woods without good balance and strong joints." Does that mean you are banishing all of us without strong joints from backpacking? You seem smart enough to figure out how we are going to feel about that without my spelling it out.
While the choice of a Timberland product, of no better than average quality, might be seen as designed to fail, your inclusion at the end of the article of the Salomon products, that are usually of higher quality, removed this impression.
So, thank you for a very interesting and helpful article, overall.