Interview With “Lightning Layne:” Adventure Gear Tester

Lightning LayneFor more than a decade, Layne Oliver has tested adventure gear ranging from headlamps to tents to climbing gear. Known in the industry as “Lightning Layne,” Oliver is a professional field tester whose job is to help gear designers make only the changes that significantly improve a product’s performance. Layne ain’t no bells-and-whistles kinda guy.

An avid outdoorsman, a National Guard reservist, and an electrician by trade, Layne seems like he’s living a sweet life. In this 9-minute interview, SNEWS quizzed Layne about how to break into the industry and how he got his nickname. The answers to both questions are fascinating.

[Via Adventure Travel]