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Jan 31, 2017
Hi Everyone - Thank you for voting and posting in this poll. We have been testing the waters with some non UL products that were popular with the community and have sold well. We have been following this poll closely too, and talking with many of you directly.
We are happy to announce that we will be starting an Outdoors Community, in addition to keeping the UL Community. This will allow us to keep the UL a bit more pure in direction, while allowing us to offer you some cool products for more traditional backpacking, beginners, car camping, and whatever assorted sports we see demand for (along the lines of what @FutureFossil posted below). So, the core of Outdoors will be day hiking, car camping and backpacking, with a smattering of seasonal sports when we can find the right products and manufacturers to work with.
I think we can all agree that there will always be some kind of grey area where a product might be considered UL to some people and not to others. Those type of products may end up in UL still, or it might show up in both communities to help the dialogue.
You can find out more about the Outdoors Community and add to the ideas of new activities we might include:
I am really excited to open the Outdoors Community because there are many great brands we simply haven't worked with before (sneak peak: we have some cool stuff coming from Gregory, Granite Gear, Klean Kanteen, Teton Bros, and Goal Zero). I think we can serve a greater number of people, who are going on anything from a local day hike to prepping for Denali. Thanks @ag3nt for starting this poll. Thanks to the 4000+ people who voted. Thanks for keeping us true, whether you're posting here, BPL, reddit, or on social media.
See you on the trail -Danny
Jan 31, 2017
@DannyMilks, thank you for listening. I believe this allows for a more diverse set of users while still allowing the UL hikers to feel at home :)
Jan 31, 2017
Awesome! I think the new organization will help alot! So glad I have found this site recently.