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Posted by Michael Strahan on May 01 2006
I know you're not above learning something from other folks; after all, we ALL have gotten to where we are by learning from others, right? It's a rare and usually offensive individual who claims to be the foremost expert on anything. That's a title that must be bestowed by someone else; not assumed for one's self. Anyone can claim to be an expert, but true expertise is best made evident by the observations of one's peers and the general public. Of course we are educating each other on sleeping bags! I hope we always will. That's one of the reasons I continue participating in this forum. I've learned a lot, and have shared a lot of what I've learned here.
As you know, I receive nothing from the sale of sleeping bags, or any other outdoor gear. I don't own a store, I don't work at one, and have received no compensation from anyone for recommending their stuff. I did have a raft manufacturer offer me a free boat one year though; my choice of anything in their product line, as a gesture of gratitude for recommending their stuff (a $4500 value). I turned them down because I wanted to remain objective and beholden to no one. Most recently, someone offered me some new game bags (a $60 value) but I paid for them anyway. It was a nice gesture, that was, once again, borne out of gratitude because I had been recommending the product in my seminars for the last two years. But once again, I'm not interested in receiving perks from anyone for recommending their stuff.
None of that makes me an expert, but hopefully it does say something about my desire to remain objective.
I recommend Bob's gear for one reason alone; it's good stuff. I've purchased a lot of it over the years and have put it to the acid test in the field, under diverse and very stressful conditions. I still have the first tent I purchased from him 13 years ago or so, and it still looks new, though I've had it out on countless sheep hunts over the years. Same deal with his sleeping bags, packs and pack frames. The list of features I posted on bags is one I developed several years ago after trying other bags, before finally settling on the things I like and find most useful in the field. If another company made a bag with those same features, and I was in the market for a bag, I would probably try it. Nothing personal in that at all; just trying to recommend good gear to folks.
As to the warranty comment in your "More importantly" post, you said to get the ONE with a lifetime warranty. I read that as an implication that only one company made such a bag. I apologize for the misunderstanding. Clearly there are a number of bags that fill the criteria you listed.
Hope this helps!
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