And I'll say something else, slightly OT I guess: I think there was also PC(so to speak) when it comes to gear. Not PC so much as GC(gear correct).
There were always certain hammocks du jour, certain types or brands of UQs, that were more popular than others, When someone showed up asking about whatever it was, there were always quickly, and predictably, folks showing up saying with confidence that what they used was clearly superior to any other and smart experienced folks would not seriously consider anything else. And that would usually be one or two brands or types/approaches which quickly became the consensus of most folks. Other approaches would almost
be ridiculed. I watched this happen over the years as new equipment showed up and suddenly became all the rage.
But you may ask: what's wrong with that, assuming all remained civil(often it did not). Maybe that just means this new stuff was that much better? Well, on a strictly personal level, just me, here was my problem with it: I was often a contrarian on whatever the gear was. By that I mean: the new gear might be just great, but I always seemed to be able to get real good results with numerous different types of hammocks and insulation. And I might find the new gear great in some ways, but maybe worse in others, so pros and cons but really the older and now dumped by so many hammock or whatever was just as good OVERALL seemed to me. But again, maybe the majority was right and I can't really say they were not. But let me give one specific example.
I was very active at the other forum for 9 or 10 years. That's a long time. At first every one loved either Speer top loading hammocks or even more often, believe it or not, the bottom loading HH hammocks like I started with were very popular and many raved about how comfy they were, plus a few DIY usually Speer style. About maybe 2 or 3 years after the forums started, a new vendor(won't say which because they make a great product overall and I have several pieces of their gear which I like a lot) showed up with a hammock that was noticeably different in some areas than the other brands. Man, it took off like wildfire, with rave reviews all around. I could not wait to get one. I got it and it seemed wonderful like everyone said. And soon it was the recommended hammock to any noob by 80-90% of responses.
But it wasn't long until I noticed- for the 1st time with any hammock (I had Speer 8.5 and HH Explorer UL and Claytor No Net before the new hammock) an irritating pain in my left calf. I fiddled around with various solutions, usually a pillow or sack under my knees, and/or hanging the foot high and different amounts of ridge line tension, with varying success. But as time went on, I found myself using this hammock less and less because of that one problem and no other. I was more likely to use my Claytor with a PeaPod or even my HH. But it remained at the top of the polls at the forum.
And then I noticed a change. First, more and more threads showed up with folks complaining about that calf ridge problem. This went on for a couple of years, until finally I noticed this particular hammock was no longer the hands down recommendation of folks, and there were even more than a few folks showing up arguing that they preferred the HHs or older hammocks, due to this one problem they had not been able to ovecome. But for at least a couple of years, there was only one hammock that got the most recommendations. In fact, you might be subject to a little ridicule if you thought otherwise. Or I guess another way to put it is, if you suggested other hammocks might be as good, you might offend some folks!
(and same could be said about other equipment)
Sorry if this is OT, it might be only somewhat related. But, point is, people can fight and get offended about all kinds of things. Never really understood why my signature was such a problem for some.
Rom8:21the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption23..but..we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit.. groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body