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I’m sure we all have things we find really annoying about some outdoors gear that makes us wonder if the folks who design the stuff ever actually use the stuff they sell. I’ll start this discussion with a BIG pet peeve of mine. Let’s hear yours.

I’m presently out hunting on a new piece of property I lease this week, and I’m tent camping.

Why the $&@! is it that so many camping products like tents, sleeping bags, etc BARELY fit back into the fabric bags they came in without executing some very specific Rubik’s Cube-esque folding/rolling technique? Then, it can be equally difficult removing the stuff from said bags without ripping the bags! My most annoying example of this is my cot. Unless you position the legs, braces, fabric and included air mattress “just so,” I defy someone to get it back into the 5” interior dia carry bag it came in. That bag is on the verge of tearing apart due to the repeated strain of forcing the cot components inside, then having to step on one end of the bag to hold it stationary while I forcefully extract the contents when I need to use it. The same goes for 2 of my sleeping bags and an air mattress. You damn near need a vacuum pump to suck the air out of them to roll them tight enough to fit back into their storage bags! My tent is nearly as bad. These gear manufacturers supply carry bags that are just large enough to — theoretically — contain the product and not a millimeter larger. They can’t use 75 cents worth of additional fabric to make the storage bag just a tiny bit larger so the average consumer who doesn’t know the secret folding technique doesn’t have to perform gymnastics to get the product in and out of its bag?
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Its Walmarts fault.  They created the BS that they would only sell a vendors wares if they fit on shelf space spec'ed out by Walmart.  So now all retailers do it.  I learned about that in college, IIRC it was actually in a textbook we were studying. 
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Interesting. So Walmart is to blame?

Anybody else? Come on, let’s hear your gripes!
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Gee and here I was thinking it was all Ted's hot air that was at issue.... Bucky
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Interesting. So Walmart is to blame?


They definitely play a massive role in the size of packaging that vendors have to use if they want to sell in Walmart.  They want to maximize the use of their shelf space.

 
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Originally posted by budperm budperm wrote:

Gee and here I was thinking it was all Ted's hot air that was at issue.... Bucky


Prolly plays a role, Bud.
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I can't stand all the politically correct safety crap on gear.... the labels, warnings, latches, etc.....


I say remove safety and warning labels and let natural selection take out the ignorant.

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Friend of mine is a deputy sheriff and sat in on part of a civil trial about the failure of a 2 person ladder stand that failed. Both were injured, and I believe one was paralyzed. If I remember, he said their clam was that there was no weight limit posted on the stand. Both parties were rather heavy I think. Don't know the outcome; he was moved to a different courtroom before the case ended.
Crap like this could ruin a small company.

Funny though, when I bought my tree climber stand; the second thing I looked at was the maximum weight it would hold and made sure it would hold me and at least 50lb.s of clothes and gear.
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Seems like outdoor gear has been that way forever. Until more recently, I always had to replace sleeping bag stuff sacks with compression versions...then remember, of course, to take them out and store the bags loose. Camp tables, etc are all a pain in the butt to repack. Covers are torn from sharp edges.
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I purchased two sleeping mats (air beds) for use this fall at our hunting cabin. Exped megamats. They were awesome, comfortable and come with an oversized, horizontal storage sack. Easy peasy lemon squeezee!!
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