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Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Honest Gear Maker Hall of Fame on 06/23/2005 10:07:17 MDT Print View

Reading Alan Shaver's post about honest vs. dishonest gear specs, I think this is a great place to highlight those gearmakers who publish HONEST specs!

In your experience, who's specs are the ones you read and trust?

Please do NOT include bad apples, since they are not here to defend themselves. Just list the honest ones.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Honest Gear Maker Hall of Fame on 06/23/2005 10:09:29 MDT Print View

1. Six Moon Designs
2. Henry Shires Tarptent
3. Golite
4. Montbell
5. Bozeman Mountain Works

Edited by ben2world on 06/23/2005 10:12:37 MDT.

paul johnson
(pj) - F

Locale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
Re: Re: Honest Gear Maker Hall of Fame on 06/23/2005 10:18:01 MDT Print View


Did you intend to forget Gossamer Gear? Or, is it that you have no firsthand personal experience with them?

often their delivered wts are less than the published wts.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Re: Re: Honest Gear Maker Hall of Fame on 06/23/2005 10:19:09 MDT Print View


My list is simply a start. Please add to it, based on your experience. Hopefully, everyone will do the same.

Edited by ben2world on 06/23/2005 10:22:02 MDT.

Thomas Laepple
(tlaepple) - F
another one on 06/23/2005 10:39:04 MDT Print View

I can add
mountain laurel designs

I only bought a EPIC bivy from them, but this is really great and exactly like the specifications.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Another One on 06/23/2005 10:40:10 MDT Print View

Fanatic Fringe - pack weight was right on!

Richard Nelridge
(naturephoto1) - M

Locale: Eastern Pennsylvania
Another 2 Manufacturers on 06/23/2005 10:48:32 MDT Print View

I would include Feathered Friends and McHale Packs in this list, but with so many options, materials and sizes, it is almost impossible to know what custom orders would weigh.


Edited by naturephoto1 on 06/23/2005 10:54:33 MDT.

kevin davidson
(kdesign) - F

Locale: Mythical State of Jefferson
Honest,indeed on 06/23/2005 11:08:16 MDT Print View

ULA should most definitely be included on the list

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
ula on 06/23/2005 15:06:04 MDT Print View

i second that on ula!! Brian does a wonderful job and their customer service is second to none.

David Peterson
(thegeoguy) - F

Locale: Sonoma County, CA
Re: Honest Gear Maker Hall of Fame on 06/24/2005 21:31:00 MDT Print View

Definitely MontBell (for a big company), although their stretch wind pants were actually lighter than listed; would that make them dishonest?

jacob thompson
(nihilist37) - F
Honest Gear. on 06/24/2005 22:27:33 MDT Print View

I'm also going to put in a bid for gossamer gear. I've purchased a fair bit of gear from Glen. He really did bend over backwards for me and sent Lightrek + poles to Australia albeit through the very expensive postal system but hey I'm the only one that has 'em. All the gear I have bought from GVP has been under the listed weights sometimes by upto 3/4oz. That is all bar a stuff sack for the Spinnshelter which was about .1oz over. I like to see Manufacturers that weigh their gear themselves and write the weight on each one.

Also I have a Montane Light Speed that comes up to nearly .2oz lighter than stated.

Edited by nihilist37 on 06/24/2005 22:28:39 MDT.

Mike Storesund
(mikes) - F
Add Nunatak on 06/25/2005 00:22:23 MDT Print View

I bought an Arc Alpinist with the Pertex Quantum shell. While they did not publish the weight with the PQ fabric, the bag fell right in between the 16 oz .85 Fabric and the 18 oz Microlight at 17 oz.

Edited by mikes on 06/25/2005 00:23:32 MDT.

Al Shaver
(Al_T.Tude) - F - M

Locale: High Sierra and CA Central Coast
Hall O' Fame on 06/27/2005 04:00:43 MDT Print View

For large companies, MontBell is the champ; with Go-Lite a distant second. I've also had great experience with Bozeman Mountain Works and Gossamer Gear.

Jason Smith
(JasonS) - MLife

Locale: Northeast
Bay Hat on 07/06/2005 12:36:13 MDT Print View

I would like to add Bay Hat & Canvas Co. as I just had a really good experience exchanging a Watership Trading Company hat purchased from them at

Robert Ebel
(poop) - F

Locale: Earth Orbit
Re: Another 2 Manufacturers on 07/15/2005 02:10:51 MDT Print View

McHale packs should most certainly be in there.

Jan Unneberg
(BlueSkyII) - MLife

Locale: Pennsylvania
Re: Honest Gear Maker Hall of Fame on 08/07/2005 11:11:47 MDT Print View

SnowPeak has blown me away with the accuracy of the stated weights of their products. Weighed on my digital scale, each of the five products I've bought has weighed exactly, to 1/10th of an oz., the published weight.
Now that's awesome!