Standards Watch: Hikes into the Sunset
Jul 20, 2021 at 9:00 am #3722501Rex SandersBPL Member
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Rex Sanders reflects on what he learned after eight months of digging into backpacking standards.Jul 25, 2021 at 7:46 am #3722964Q SmithBPL Member
@neotechktc-com-2-2Locale: Texas Hill Country
Well, that sucks, but is hardly surprising…Jul 25, 2021 at 2:08 pm #3722993Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
Decades after the 1960s when backpacking took off and we STILL have no good standards for these products. Our if they do exist there is NO good policing of advertising to be sure the companies meet the standards. CAVEAT EMPTOR!Jul 26, 2021 at 2:12 am #3723035Roger CaffinBPL Member
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
I can attest from measurements I have made myself, that some well-known American companies are quite fraudulent with their claims for pack volumes. They were not at all repentant when I challenged them.
One known American company was selling a day pack with a claimed volume. The prototypes I was sent for review were about half the claimed volume. I asked how this could be. Reply was along the lines of: Oh well, what we sent you were just prototypes the Chinese company made from our designer’s sketches. We didn’t think you would actually use them or measure them.
And the buckles on the shoulder straps were non-locking.
CheersJul 26, 2021 at 5:59 am #3723038PaulWBPL Member
@peweg8Locale: Western Colorado
Rex, thanks for taking the time to do this series. I’m sure you put in a great deal of hard work and it’s appreciated. I learned many new things along with having a number of my suspicions confirmed. Caveat emptor!Jul 26, 2021 at 7:20 am #3723041Ken LarsonBPL Member
@kenlarsonLocale: Western Michigan
<p style=”text-align: center;”>The Truth Shall Hurt, BUT First It Will Make You Miserable!</p>
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