Test Backcountry Gear with Trailspace's Review Corps

Is next season's much-heralded backcountry stove really worth all the advance acclaim? How many times and where did the tester use that lightweight tent before publishing his review? Who are the lucky people who test new outdoor gear and apparel before it's even available at the local retailer?

If you've ever wondered about other outdoor gear testing and review programs, meet Trailspace's Review Corps and find out what it takes to become a member.

The volunteer members of our Review Corps program thoroughly test new, noteworthy backcountry equipment in the field during their own hikes, backpacks, climbs, paddles, and runs. They take pictures, videos, and many notes, and then publish their findings in expert-level reviews for the benefit of the rest of us, the Trailspace community and readers. 

Who are these dedicated, helpful outdoor figures? They're fellow community members, selected for Review Corps based on the superior quality and helpfulness of their reviews and their outdoor expertise and skills. Thanks to each of them for going the extra mile (sometimes much further) to share informative reviews with other hikers, backpackers, climbers, paddlers, skiers, and trail runners.

Think you too have the skills and expertise to put innovative, new backcountry gear through its paces, and then share your results in in-depth reviews? 

We periodically invite new members into the Review Corps program. We look for active community members who:

  • Have written at least five helpful gear reviews;
  • Have written at least one best-of-the-best Killer Review;
  • Demonstrate appropriate gear knowledge and familiarity;
  • Show a high-level of hiking, backpacking, climbing, paddling, skiing, and/or trail running skills and experience; and
  • Represent diverse outdoor groups. (For example: women, ultralighters, backcountry skiers, etc.)

Whether you think testing new outdoor equipment would be gear nirvana, you're a reader who wants to know more about the review process, or you're a manufacturer who wants your own backcountry product tested and reviewed, check out the recently updated and expanded Trailspace Review Corps FAQs.

There you'll find much more info on the Review Corps program, testers, the gear, and the reviews themselves. 

Trailspace Review Corps FAQs


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Comments

Peter1955
1,357 reviewer rep
1,339 forum posts
June 29, 2012 at 12:13 p.m. (EDT)

Hmmm. Gotta work on that.

Callahan
245 reviewer rep
1,469 forum posts
June 29, 2012 at 7:16 p.m. (EDT)

this sounds great.

300winmag
447 reviewer rep
277 forum posts
July 6, 2012 at 12:38 a.m. (EDT)

Well, I've written several reviews but none of them labeled "killer" by the staff. (As a retired English teacher I'm wounded, I tell you, wounded!)

Lessee... sea kayaker, former ACA Moving Water Canoeing instructor, 10 years as a Nordic ski patroller including the '79 World Cup and '80 Olympics, Finished 2 day, 100 mile Canadian Ski Marathon,  lightweight backpacker, cyclist, US Army ROTC cadet winter survival instructor, tall ship sailor (US Brig Niagara).

Currently Sierra Club Nevada Outings Chair/certified outings leader and LVSSR Mountain Patrol Ski Patroller (Las Vegas) W/ Avalanche 1 and Mountain Travel and Rescue 1 certifications.

Will that do for qualifications? Oh, yes, my wife is an excellent proofreader.

And P.S. Professional trail builder on the 9 mile Snow Creek section of the Pacific Crest Trail,1980. (One mountain north of Palm Springs, CA)

 

 

Alicia
TRAILSPACE STAFF
501 reviewer rep
2,993 forum posts
July 6, 2012 at 7:46 a.m. (EDT)

300winmag said:

Well, I've written several reviews but none of them labeled "killer" by the staff. (As a retired English teacher I'm wounded, I tell you, wounded!) 

Those are excellent qualifications, 300winmag!

Here are the qualifications for a Killer Review:
http://www.trailspace.com/about/killer-reviews.html

Reviews that meet the criteria are automatically given the label. We don't subjectively judge and award them.

The biggest pieces are:

  • being complete (an appropriate length, though they don't need to be overly long) with a summary, pros, cons, and body;
  • having a certain number of helpful votes by the community;
  • including original pictures or video

The one piece most often missed is the images. There are a number of reviews by community members that just need the addition of an image to make them Killer (hint hint, folks).

Hope that info helps!

300winmag
447 reviewer rep
277 forum posts
July 6, 2012 at 5:07 p.m. (EDT)

Yep, I know I need photos of the gear I've reviewed. I may add some for a few of my past reviews, like my Tarptent Moment.

Alicia
TRAILSPACE STAFF
501 reviewer rep
2,993 forum posts
July 6, 2012 at 8:40 p.m. (EDT)

300winmag said:

Yep, I know I need photos of the gear I've reviewed. I may add some for a few of my past reviews, like my Tarptent Moment.

 An excellent idea!

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