This is on my mind. How do we help our sport carry forward in the vein it's meant too? Is that possible, can we keep our casts true-blue? Do we let advertisement push us into that next purchase. Or do we make choices bassed upon a real need?
So many questions, more questions than answers.
Sorry to pick on William Joseph, but if their R&D folks actually fish, I would be suprised. I'm astonished at the amount of new product that company puts out. Think about product developement from a desgin perspective, just for a second. If you replace a model of chest-pack every year with a new line, what does that say about the life expectancy of your product?
I bet the average guy doesn't make it out past twenty trips per year. Not trying to knock anyone, any day on the water is a good day in my book. More so, trying to make a point about quality control going into the companies making gear for us.
What does it say about a company who knows, better than my guess of twenty days per year, that makes a product they replace every year?
Would you make gear to last, use materials that are strong, and processes that stand up: If you knew you had an new product due out in six months?
This is just one slice of the thoughts I've had lately. Seeing our banks under the microscope, as of late, makes me think the problem is larger, indicative of society as a whole, not just financial companies..
When did we stop accepting, the best from our own? Seems we lost the right as consumers to demand it and it's been so long we've forgotten that we deserve it.