I’ve been writing this blog for nearly three years now. In that time I’ve commented on a lot of gear, giving views and occasionally suggesting areas for improvement. I’ve not sought out manufacturers and distributors. Neither have I solicited gear for review. What has surprised me has been how few comments I have received from the outdoors trade. Do the “professionals” read blogs and do they care?
The biggest surprise has been that Terra Nova haven’t been in touch about my Laser Comp mods. In my view, these have significantly improved a good tent. In fact, if they were to allow me, I could suggest a few more that could be designed into the tent that would make it an even better tent.
I’m not bothered about charging for my time or ideas or, indeed, blagging free kit. I do this for fun. My restless mind is always looking for improvements in whatever I do, and that includes backpacking gear and techniques. What prompted this line of thought was a blog entry where POE had bothered to answer some issues on their Ether Elite mat. Well done POE for engaging with the bloggersphere.