Meet Arson: Trailspace's Most Helpful Reviewer

We're recognizing Trailspace's outstanding reviewers and community members as part of our 20,000 Reviews Contest.

Today we meet Arson, the member with the most helpful review ratings of all, as rated by other members.

Arson is Anson, a firefighter/paramedic who lives in the Indianapolis suburbs.

Here's a little more about the guy with the video gear reviews, in his own words.

Activities: Most of my outdoor activities are fly fishing, hiking, and kayaking. I grew up in Michigan, so I primarily go there for the trails and the fish.

Family: I have two daughters and a beautiful wife. They allow me to go out and do "The Wild Man" thing in between gymnastics and ballet classes. I love them dearly and gladly give up the remote trail or trout stream to go have a tea party with my girls.

On Being "Most Helpful": I am really emotional about winning the "most helpful" award from Trailspace. It touches me deeply to know my reviews are helping people. That is why I do it. Like firefighting, I do the reviews to help people and it means so much to have this recognition from my peers. Thank you.

I started doing reviews specifically to give back to all of the people who had given me a review of a product I was considering purchasing. I find Trailspace an invaluable service and I want to thank you for doing an exceptional job, and thank everyone who contributes reviews to help me when I go looking to buy a piece of gear.

 

Thank you and congratulations, Anson!

For his efforts, Anson will receive:

Congratulations, Anson!

Thanks to Princeton Tec, Nikwax, CamelBak, Clif, and Leave No Trace for donating the prizes.


Filed under: Reviewer of the Month

Comments

XterroBrando
REVIEW CORPS
1,397 reviewer rep
442 forum posts
November 17, 2010 at 10:38 a.m. (EST)

Congratulations Anson! Thank you for your commitment to the community of Trailspace and for helping to make it THE resource for gear considerations.

More importantly, thank you for your service as a firefighter. We are indebted to men and women like yourself who continually put themselves before others in the interest of safety!

My daughter loves to dance 24/7 as well. Cheers to you!

mikemorrow
314 reviewer rep
1,124 forum posts
November 17, 2010 at 1:21 p.m. (EST)

I've watched many of your videos. Great stuff!

SouthEastHiker
0 reviewer rep
118 forum posts
November 17, 2010 at 4:24 p.m. (EST)

Thank's for all the awesome video reviews, I have found many of them very useful and insightful. 

P.S.

I was looking at some of your stuff on YouTube and found your video on the burrito tarp set up, last month I was on the A. T. and on a particular windy night I helped my brother in law make and attach the burrito to my tent so he wouldn't freeze.
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Arson
REVIEW CORPS
1,601 reviewer rep
76 forum posts
November 17, 2010 at 4:55 p.m. (EST)

I can't wait to receive my prizes!  I'm going to review them!!!!!!

Alicia
TRAILSPACE STAFF
501 reviewer rep
2,995 forum posts
November 17, 2010 at 5:01 p.m. (EST)

The prizes are in the mail, Arson!

The bonus of having you and XtrerroBrando win prizes in the contest is that you're both very likely to turn around and give the rest of us some helpful gear reviews.

Congratulations again.

trouthunter
MODERATOR REVIEW CORPS
983 reviewer rep
3,470 forum posts
November 17, 2010 at 8:33 p.m. (EST)

Congratulations Arson, your videos are very helpful!

It looks like Alicia gave you enough stuff to survive for at least 3 days.

Good deal & have fun!

 

cajuncyclr
124 reviewer rep
2 forum posts
November 18, 2010 at 4:25 p.m. (EST)

Arson, you are D-man!

I believed strongly in the message you conveyed in your video review where you described your own homegrown First Aid Kit. I could some it up as "a First Aid kit by a professional responder for professional responders". Simple, effective, and based on knowing your limits while out there. Based on this review I've continued to follow your reviews because of your unique perspectives.

Aside from this I've purchased gear based on your reviews and tested them with very similar results. Thanks for your honest and technical reviews!

PS - I got to agree with Alicia, what an incentive to keep giving us great reviews! LOL.

Arson
REVIEW CORPS
1,601 reviewer rep
76 forum posts
November 20, 2010 at 8:26 p.m. (EST)

I just received my prizes in the mail.  My daughters were so impressed with Daddy winning a major award.  It was even better than getting a leg lamp!

Thanks to everyone who voted for me and all the positive comments on this blog.

XterroBrando
REVIEW CORPS
1,397 reviewer rep
442 forum posts
November 21, 2010 at 4:33 p.m. (EST)

Arson said-

I just received my prizes in the mail.  My daughters were so impressed with Daddy winning a major award.  It was even better than getting a leg lamp!

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LOL. Sorry I misspelled your name earlier. Did the box the prizes came in say "Frajjjeeeeeellllaaaayyyyy" on it?

Alica told me I get the leg lamp with a Smartwool over-the-calf hiking sock on it. Can't wait!

Alicia
TRAILSPACE STAFF
501 reviewer rep
2,995 forum posts
November 22, 2010 at 8:48 a.m. (EST)

Alica told me I get the leg lamp with a Smartwool over-the-calf hiking sock on it. Can't wait!

Now those would be a prize! Although your and Arson's spouses probably would not thank me for them.

gonzan
MODERATOR REVIEW CORPS
658 reviewer rep
2,148 forum posts
November 22, 2010 at 9:40 a.m. (EST)

I guess there will be no "soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window" this Christmas.      ;)

Although, maybe it will be included in future contests:

http://www.redriderleglamps.com/Store.cfm?category=100331152225738567&position=1

Regardless, a big Congrats and thank you to Arson!

stumo
5 reviewer rep
1 forum posts
November 26, 2010 at 11:29 p.m. (EST)

Arson's reviews are excellent!

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