Why worry about this? It just leaves more trees for the rest of us. You don't want EVERYONE hanging do you? I don't spread the word unless somebody asks me.
I subscribe to, and enjoy, BP when it hits my mailbox. Do I agree with everything it promotes and states? No. As was said, a good bathroom read. Some of the articles are outstanding. While other should be used as toilet paper. For me it is a nice break to read some more gear garbage like many of the backpacking forums I visit. Every so often they hit on something good. Granted, those times are few and far between. I almost like the contrast between commercial backpacking and our views. Be it UL zealot or a heavy geared hammocker. I just dig to read about gear and the back country.
I love the community here and the DIY attitude. I will have my first hang this weekend. I can't wait.
I will still subscribe and read backpacker. Do I believe they are light years away from us truly hardcore? Yes, although, I still enjoy looking at pics and sub par reviews of gear.
Last edited by RouX; 04-13-2008 at 20:46.
My biggest issue with backpacker is that there are no negative reviews. If you consider the volume of gear they review for their gear review issues, you think there would be a good precentage that wouldn't work.
I remember reading somewhere that the mag used to be a great resource for DIY projects back in the day. I would like to read some of those.
Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
The hanger formly known as "hammock engineer".
I like backpacker for the photos. I know this sounds childish (ohh all the pretty colors) but from a photographic standpoint, I like the work of their photographers, and as an admited backpacking and photgrpahy adict, I enjoy the pictures. Their ARE YOU ALL HAPPY NOW!!!! OOOOHHHH Pretty Pictures. =) Anyway, sometimes an article peaks my intrest, and the occasional Ultra Light review/article excites my wallet (but not as mush as NEW NIKON D300 reviewd or Rumors of Canon to Replace the aging EOS 5D(they probably wont anytime soon ). On the other hand when in this years gear review they sing the praises of Ospreys new pack that weights 5-7 lbs empty, I scoft at the fact that as everyone knows, Backpacker hasn't accepted UL as its personal savior (no flaming please, just a joke =).
Last edited by Bulldog; 04-13-2008 at 21:19.
CPR goes up and down, up and down......because my patient's dead.
Hanger Fromally Known as Ghost93.
...and there came to be a day, all too soon, that I became aware that I could travel no more on my long journey. Though I did not arrive where I had planned, I believe that here is exactly where I am supposed to be...
I rate Backpacker in the top two of backpacking print magazines.
They contacted me and asked me to fill out periodic marketing surveys. The surveys mostly consist of questions asking about article topics. My 'concern' is that they always have room for suggestions and I always suggest articles about 'cottage industry' businesses and products and often, ultralight backpacking. To date, there's not been much a response to those suggestions...