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I would imagine (?) many here are somewhat aware of my predilection for NOT being one of LBJ's "Silent Majority".
No one ever accused me of being shy.
Several months ago, I mentioned in a thread here, about my experiences with outdoor gear retailers NOT carrying / offering full-grain leather hiking boots WITHOUT Gore-Tex liners.
There are two in my area (Annapolis, MD).
I discussed the issue with the managers at EMS (Eastern Mountain Sports) and Hudson Trail Outfitters. The EMS people blew me off. The Hudson Trail Outfitter guys listened to me with interest. At the time, I was returning from a day-hike in the C & O Canal Nat'l Trail, and I had boots with me. I went out to the Vanagon and brought in my Fabiano's and Scarpa's, to show them.
Aside from a few jokes about the "clunkiness" and weight, they recognized the quality of the boots.
Yesterday, I visited both stores. Of the two, I was pleasantly surprised when one of the guys at Hudson Trail Outfitters recognized me and wanted to show me the new offerings in the boot / shoe department.
He indicated my earlier comments made an impact ... and the store is now taking on the Scarpa line and is also going to be stocking FLG boots from another manufacturer, WITHOUT Gore-Tex liners.
Sometimes ... it pays to be vocal in our frustrations ....
BTW -- If you visit the Annapolis Hudson Trail Outfitters, ask for Wayne or Rob. Two VERY knowledgeable and "stand-up" guys.
It is a pleasure doing business there.