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I just received the new April issue of Backpacker. It's the annual gear review. I always feel a bit ripped off by this issue since it's essentially a big catalog of equipment and not much on places.
Am I alone in this opinion. How do others feel?
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Well, it's a gear issue. It's not meant to include places.

It's only once a year and a lot goes into it. It's their biggest (most pages) issue of the year. Plus, I bet it brings a lot of revenue from gear makers and distributors. Where else in the world of print can a backpacker get objective reviews of the stuff we need to do our activity?


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I guess it is just a matter of personal taste.  The gear issue is my favorite.

Maybe BP should start a gear only magazine.

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I like the gear issue, but in general I always feel like Backpacker needs more information on locations.
I feel like they're really recycling information, and really not going out there and exploring.
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Count me as another who likes the gear issue.  Do prominent advertisers sometimes get a feature over some other great product? Yeah, probably.  But this isn't an unrelated magazine just trying to sell some fringe products, its reviews from folks actually using the gear in similar situations that we would.  Personally, I like a consolidated source of new gear that I can flip through at my leisure.

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I enjoy reading about gear. There are only so many locations in the world that I can't get to visit.
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I also enjoy the gear issue. I notice they only highlight the new gear. In years past all the gear was in the magazine. Now, gear companies like Western Mountaineering, Snow Peak, Mont-Bell and others, aren't even mentioned, even though they are the best in their class.
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Just got it in the mail today.  They've put a bit more work into soft goods and descriptions vs. the old tabular data which is best accessed online anyhow.  An improvement but the gear issue is what it is.  Prefer their travel issues myself but it's all good.

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I love the gear issue. Even though I don't have a long gear list right now. I enjoy seeing how some gear evolves and some is refined. In the end it is nice reading. Most trips I read reports online. Some stuff gets heavier, some gets new names and some is just cool. In the end I am refining gear so it takes a lot to get me to spend money. Some folks are obsessed with gear. I would rather use the money to get out west and backpack myself than by a new pack losing 8 ounces.
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