In case you hadn't already read about it I thought you should hear it from me directly. I have recently volunteered to be a Trail Ambassador for Gossamer Gear, one of the original pioneers in ultralight backpacking.
The purpose of the Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassadorship program is to raise awareness about ultralight backpacking, but not necessarily to promote one manufacturer over another. I'm certainly under no obligation to promote Gossamer Gear products to my readers, unless of course I happen to like and own the products. In fact the guys at Gossamer Gear have encouraged me to provide them with my honest feedback and criticisms so that they can improve their products.
Besides occasionally testing new or unreleased gear and being an evangelist for lightweight backpacking, I see this as an opportunity for me and all of my readers to have a direct communication channel to Glen, Grant, and Dave at Gossamer Gear. This is your opportunity to have direct input into the product development life-cycle via the comments you leave.
I'll continue to provide you with honest and candid reviews of all types of gear manufacturers, but wanted to be upfront and open about my new partnership with Gossamer Gear. There are lots of new types of UL gear in the pipeline for 2011 and I can tell it is going to be very interesting year!
Gear Links: Eastern Mountain Sports | REI | CampSaver | Patagonia | Altrec
Brian is a Charlotte based backpacker, gear junkie, runner, and CrossFit(er). Originally from Southampton, England, Brian has lived in the US for over 20 years, finally settling in North Carolina. He spends as much time backpacking as his busy work schedule and family life will allow.