CALLING ALL GEAR JUNKIES!A major outdoor fabric manufacturer has invited me to attend a 2-day workshop to brainstorm and develop new ideas for technical clothing. There are going to be 6 or 7 other people representing various outdoor sports and it looks like I'm the "backpacking guy". I know that a lot of you in the forums and those who follow my blog have had some great ideas and I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to bring them to the table of a company who has the desire to listen, and the ability to bring them to fruition. Basically, I'm hoping to act as an ambassador for the backpacking community and see if I can get some of our ideas into the hands of the R & D guys.
In an effort to compile ideas and present them at the workshop, I ask that you answer the following 2 questions in as much detail as possible:
1. What are some problems you have experienced with your outdoor clothing or things you don't like that you wish could have been designed better?
2. What are some design features you'd like to see in outdoor clothing that don't currently exist but you would like to see developed?
Please keep in mind that if any of our ideas are actually implemented, we have no rights to them--they become the property of the company; however, at least we have a chance to have our voices heard and maybe get a few things from our collective wish lists checked off! Wouldn't it be nice to see that pocket design you've always wanted on a rain shell hanging on a rack at REI?