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New Community Mega Thread: Outdoors

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UPDATE (Feb 16th, 2017): Outdoors is its own community https://www.massdrop.com/outdoors

UPDATE (Feb 15th, 2017): Outdoors is becoming its own community! After the great response from everyone, it is graduating out of incubation and we are preparing for a super exciting launch. The Outdoors Community will be launched as a stand alone community this Friday (February 17th).

UPDATE (Feb 3rd, 2017): New drops will be launching everyday for Outdoors. Please take a look at the new drop here https://www.massdrop.com/hub/drops

UPDATE (Feb 1st, 2017): And it's on! Commerce team is starting to launch drops for 'Outdoors' starting tomorrow. As you can see https://www.massdrop.com/talk/1188/outdoors-community-drops-coming-tomorrow :)

UPDATE (Jan 31st, 2017): Our Commerce team has been planning on drops for Outdoors and we'll start listing them on Massdrop Hub later this week.

We’re excited to introduce Outdoors as the first new community to launch on Massdrop Hub. Many members have shared ideas for new communities, but none has been so hotly requested as a more general community for those who love the great outdoors.
What can we expect in the Outdoors Community?
We’re glad you asked! “Outdoors” is pretty broad, so to keep the focus strong, we’ll be concentrating on the following subcategories during the community’s launch:
  1. Camping and hiking
  2. Climbing and mountaineering
  3. Seasonal sports (for example, this time of year, it’s all about snow sports)
As the community builds, we’ll introduce more subcategories using polls and new discussion threads.
How can I let Massdrop know what I want in Outdoors?
We’ve created some polls to gather input on products and brands from all of you. Please vote in these polls and feel free to create more—we’re here and paying attention to make sure we bring you exactly what you want.
  1. https://www.massdrop.com/vote/What-gear-would-you-like-to-see-within-the-climbing-community
  2. https://www.massdrop.com/vote/What-products-would-you-like-to-see-from-Outdoor-Research
  3. https://www.massdrop.com/vote/What-are-other-activities-and-or-product-categories-you-would-like-to-see-in-Out

Keep Reading
New Communities Ideas & Poll Thread: https://www.massdrop.com/talk/1095/new-communities-ideas-poll-thread
How Massdrop Decides on New Communities: https://www.massdrop.com/talk/1094/how-massdrop-decides-on-new-communities
What Is Massdrop Hub?: https://www.massdrop.com/talk/1093/a-new-place-to-explore
Site Features Discussion: https://www.massdrop.com/talk/1097/site-features-discussion-feedback
Help Desk for New Users: https://helpdesk.massdrop.com/hc/en-us
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I was tidying and setting gear out when I thought it would be great to see some options on personal handheld GPS devices and software or accessories add-ons.
Any chance snowboarding/ski equipment/gear getting some Massdrop treatment? I was thinking since it's seasonal there could be good chance of getting consistent/yearly deals (Idk if it works that way) but there's definitely lots of things to be sold. A lot of my friends go skiing/snowboarding and lots of them would probably end up buying other stuff from the other communities in Massdrop. Plus we all kind of hop on sales for winter gear/clothes/equipment every chance we get every year. What do ya say?!?!
Outdoors is becoming its own community! After the great response from everyone, it is graduating out of incubation and we are preparing for a super exciting launch. The Outdoors Community will be launched as a stand alone community this Friday (February 17th).
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Would love to see an angling community!
I guess I'm still confused. It sounded like you were going to start an Outdoors community but it wasn't ready yet. OK, I eventually got that. Now I'm seeing drops with the words "NEW COMMUNITY: OUTDOORS" but when I go to the Communities dropdown it's missing. But I do see them under Massdrop Hub community (which just seems weird to me). I think it would be easier for people to find the drops if they could subscribe and view the Outdoors community. I can't believe I'm the only one being confused by this roll out -- looking forward to the new community though.
Scrope
The idea is to launch a new community in Massdrop Hub which acts like an incubator to see how it would perform before the full roll out. Here is a link with how this process will take place: https://www.massdrop.com/talk/1094/how-massdrop-decides-on-new-communities. That being said, an "Outdoors" community is pretty much certain and we'll soon be making an update about when it is launching.
I hear you about the surfacing of drops for the new communities being incubated within Massdrop Hub and we are working on it.
kunalkumar
Thanks for pointing me to that article. It made the process much clearer.
In the current Massdrop web design, there appear to be a hierarchical grouping of various communities under "Communities" which is represented by the drop down at the top of the page. What isn't shown, is that there is a sub-hierarchy under Massdrop Hub for the incubator communities. This is what confused me because I wanted to see the Outdoor community but it's not listed.
May I make a humble suggestion or two. If you want to have the new communities under the Massdrop Hub community, it might be nice to have the dropdown (and the subsequent community page) clearly show these communities. Alternately, you might want to have a new top level drop down on the page saying something like "Beta Communities" (Incubator Communities?) that would make it easier to access them and to make it clear that these are still in the beginning/testing phase and haven't been incorporated into the main Communities structure.
It's good that Massdrop is changing to reflect the communities interest. I'm looking forward to the Outdoor community and would like to see all the drops/discussions/polls/etc and also to subscribe -- even if it's only a beta community which may undergo changes or be dropped completely.
The outdoors means to me hunting and fishing, reels, rods, tackle, and stuff like that, hunting isn't all guns and ammo plus to be a vendor for that there are LOADS of restrictions in the states and the ability to vend weapons is restrictive in and of its self. Just providing things like hunting vests in orange to comply with laws and get some function for the added clothing, maybe some thermal clothing, camouflage, game calls, and more to garner some interest from this group of people. There are more things you could provide there just needs to be some research to find out if there is a community here that will want these offerings or if they are looking for something else.
I would like to see a drop on external frame, modular MOLLE/Malice packs that can be reconfigured for a wide variety of use by adding day packs, duffles, dry bags, pouches, used as a pack board, etc. Examples such as the J51 Warhammer from Eberlestock, Kifaru package, Mystery Ranch built on the NICE frame etc.

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Would love to have Canoe and Kayak represented here...Wilderness Systems, Necky, Perception, Jackson, NRS, Kokatat, Werner paddles, AT, Bending Branches, Wenonah, Yakima, Stohlquist and many, many more.
Would also love to have more Tenkara fishing stuff (now in Ultralight) and regular flyfishing. St. Croix, Sage, Lamson, Ross, TFO, Rio, Scientific Angler, and so on.
Finally, it would be great to have archery represented, not necessarily bow hunting, but archery. Martin, Bear, Hoyt, Samick, Easton arrows, Truglo, Matthews, Morell and Block targets, Delta McKenzie targets, Allen accessories, NAP, Quad arrow rests, Trophy Ridge, etc.
Evolve climbing shoes Petzel hardware
Climbing Gear and knives
Please tell us how to add it to My Communities.
mbjst
They will be here https://www.massdrop.com/hub/drops for now and once we see that community is thriving we'll make it into its own community.
edit: you can subscribe to Massdrop Hub and you'll see all new community drops.
Where do I find it!?
Trident
Right now it'll be in Massdrop Hub. Once there is enough momentum, it'll become its own community on the site.
I'd like to see some more MSR gear lightweight gear
I wanted to quickly paste the most recent update from us over here as well.
'UPDATE (Jan 31st, 2017): Our Commerce team has been planning on drops for Outdoors and we'll start listing them on Massdrop Hub later this week.'
I think it would be good to define the clear difference between this and Ultralight. Also maybe EDC. I think ultralight has been handling a lot of the items that would have gone to outdoors. And EDC has some.
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Sure, but they're keeping ultralight right? So what's the distinction?
Rexar5
"Sure, but they're keeping ultralight right? So what's the distinction?"
They shouldn't. Outdoors drops and ultralight outdoors drops should both be under Outdoors, imo.
No matter what Massdrop is trying ,first thing to do is finding a way more reasonable shipping company ,often the shipping is killing the deal not to speak of exchange rate ,duties ,taxes and other costs added to this!!!!
Have a canoe/kayak sub-section in the outdoor community.
Please,add "bushcraft" to this section too!!!!
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Thank you ,I'm a long time outdoor enthusiast,but fairly new to what is now called "bushcraft', but in effect was for centuries just "survival" in nature. I'll see what I can do to help out, to start anybody can wath very good video shows on You Tube by looking for Ray Mears,they are very nicely done and give some good information.
Also Paul Kirtley give good on line bushcraft courses and like Ray Mears good"hands on" bushcraft courses in different parts of the world. Paul also has a weekly blog where he answers people's questions about camping ,bushcraft etc etc.,he will email it to you . They give good advice about tools ,clothing and equipment they are using in the wild.
Really happy here to get more outdoor drops coming! Maybe we could get some diving gear too! Masks, fins, spearguns etc.., :) PLEASE! Then we can really have Sea to Summit drops!
I'm interested in the Outdoors community. Just a suggestion, you might want to mention that this is a community that will be coming but doesn't exist yet. I spent a bit of time trying to find it so I could subscribe and eventually figured out that it isn't really a problem that I can't find it. I don't want anybody else to waste their time looking for it until it's available.
It might be nice to have some backcountry stuff on here. Basic avalanche safety equipment would be a great start especially with more people venturing into the backcountry these days.
LKD.ME
I'm a backcountry skier myself, and the gear can be quite expensive, so I think it would be a good fit. I hope there is a lot of community support for this! I'll see what I can start sourcing, maybe some shovels and probes, then transceivers and climbing skins.
DannyMilks
That would be awesome! I started a poll for climbing skins.
this might get me to come back to massdrop.
*edit* added photo of my truck for inspiration
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I just shot it with my 5D, but honestly any Micro 4/3s or better camera should be able to take that photo. It's all about editing color. For photography, color is the most important piece.
People don't realize this, but the difference between film and digital photography is that film only displays color in one way. Digital cameras, their sensors are ultra sensitive, so they record all types color that the eyes normally don't see and re-interpret it into extra blue, too much green, etc. Photographers have to craft the color to the specific scene to recreate the feeling in the image.
kalieaire
Expedition Portal finally decided to repost our story after pulling it for undisclosed reasons.
The trip was through Thanksgiving week 2016.
https://expeditionportal.com/the-grand-adventure-the-north-rim-of-the-grand-canyon/
I'd like to see some cool survival gadgets here. The Ultralight Community has offered a lot so far, so I really look forward to see what else can be offered under "Outdoors!"
I wouldn't mind seeing if Sea To Summit might do something with Massdrop. Really cool brand, with well informed ideas, but seamingly very little representation on the platform
ChimeraReunion
I just met with Sea to Summit at Outdoor Retailer last week. I've been trying to get them to work with us for a long long time, and am now seeing the tides turning in our favor. I'll keep you posted. I think Sea to Summit is a great brand too!
I've been eyeing an ultralight drop from Underground Quilts ( UGQ) . Specifically, the UGQ Outdoor Equipment Cat Cut Hex Tarps. Interested in others opinions on it? Anyone already take advantage of the drop?
PNWGUS
I picked up a 12 foot cat cut hanger. It's high quality, and the french seam on the ridge means no seam sealing. At 1 lb. it really helped lighten my loadout for summer backpacking. I'd absolutely recommend it.
jbdiven
Sweet , that's the response you love to hear. I opted w/ the 4 pull outs for addl options. I read that seam sealing was recommended for the pull outs and possibly the French seam @ ridge. I have a bit untill it drops, hopefully I can read up more and get more excellent responses like yours.
In Reply for your request for the re-brands to be posted on the Community Announcement Thread.
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Head2Toe
Is it ok if I use your third option and circle it into the thread?
kunalkumar
yeah that''s fine.
Hyped about more Communities! especially outdoor!!
DJRemwind
anything in particular that you want to see in Outdoors?
DannyMilks
Not particularly but I am excited for the community picks on backpacks, rock climbing gear, etc.
Will this help the ultralight community be more ultralight centralized and take some of the not so ultralight items in so it can have more that are in its category?
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I think we aiming for a start in the next couple of weeks, given the support we're seeing here in Hub, the requests and discussions we've had previously in Ultralight, and the success our staff has had in talking with more outdoor brands.
DannyMilks
How to get in contact with support?
So stoked about this community! I'm allergic to being inside...
its only "all" about snow sports in half of the world, in the other half its about staying out of the oppressive heat
DCBunce
Australians represent!

Once we find somewhere that won't melt our thongs