Trailspace Updates: Gear Deals, More Sharp Stuff, Flagging

December can feel like the busiest time of year, and that includes a lot happening here at Trailspace from your user reviews and forum posts to work behind the scenes.

Here's a roundup from the past month of Trailspace developments, updates, and new features.

More Sharp Stuff

EstwingGransfors Bruks, Sven, and Wetterlings. Agricultural pests, Nordic superheroes, or outdoor brands? The last.

You can now review and compare prices on these and other specialty axe and saw brands. We've expanded the Knives and Tools gear category to include not only Knives and Multi-Tools, but also Axes and HatchetsCamp Saws, and Camp Shovels and Trowels

Know another axe, knife, or outdoor brand we should add to our directory of Outdoor Gear Brands? Tell us about it below or in a review.

Flagging

See a spam post? Members can now flag forum posts and reviews that need moderator attention. Flagging gives the community an easy way to report violations of the Community Rules and Guidelines, without needing to PM or email a moderator or staff member directly.

To flag something, click the little blue "Flag" link at the bottom of reviews and forum posts. Then select the reason the post needs moderator attention, for example: spam, offensive or abusive content, off-topic, no disclosure, or another reason. 

Find the Best Gear and Save Money

Giving the gift of outdoor gear and recreation this Christmas? Trailspace's database of 27,000 independent reviews and thousands of price comparisons can help you cut through the clutter to find the best gear, while saving time and money.

You can browse thousands of outdoor gear, apparel, and footwear in specific categories, from canister stoves to baselayer tops to climbing shoes, sorting by price and ratings. Then read user reviews of the products on your gift list, find the best deals in a product's "Where to Buy" section, and finally, click “Where to Buy” links to buy directly from one of our retail partners.

Buying your gear through Trailspace supports us so we can share the best, independent, real-world outdoor gear reviews and product information for free. We want everyone to have a voice, and to get outside! Plus, with two weeks left till Christmas, many retailers are offering great deals on products and shipping.

Increased Fraud Detection

Trust and credibility are essential to our community and to us. We’ve further improved detection and filtering of spam and fraudulent registration attempts, added checks for mistakenly created duplicate accounts, and clarified the "Use one account only" rule in the Community Rules and Guidelines.

Bugs Zapped

Two pesky bugs have been eradicated: 1) one in the "sort by store" option in products’ "Where To Buy" lists, and 2) a bug where forum links in email notifications would occasionally lead to a "404 Not Found" error page. Gone!

Product Gender and More

We've better identified gender-specific products as such on their product pages. So, if you're checking out a women's daypack or a men's soft shell, you'll see its gender listed up top under the product name. 

Additionally, we’ve optimized the newsletter signup process for non-members, decreased the load time of user avatars on profile pages, and improved compatibility with adding a home-screen shortcut on Android devices.

Thanks for all of your contributions to Trailspace and our great outdoor gear community in 2013! Here's hoping your December includes plenty of time to explore outdoors.


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thetentman
RETAILER
5 reviewer rep
47 forum posts
December 12, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. (EST)

Add UPC numbers for better SEO results.

Alicia
TRAILSPACE STAFF
700 reviewer rep
3,110 forum posts
December 12, 2013 at 8:28 a.m. (EST)

thetentman said:

Add UPC numbers for better SEO results.

Hey tentman, thanks for asking about this. We actually do have UPC data, and we displayed it for a while on product pages. However, it had a couple of downsides:

  1. It got really unwieldy for products with lots of variations/sizes that changed from year to year. For example, The North Face Denali Jacket, has many hundreds, if not over a thousand, UPCs. For a lot of products like that the data was near useless.
  2. Our data comes from retailers and is not always clean. There's not a lot (or any) way to know if it's correct, or which years various UPCs refer to, etc.
  3. Displaying that many UPCs or SKUs on a page was challenging from a user interface standpoint, and it's not clear that it was providing any value for most users. (Though we'd like to hear if there are ways it could be presented and used well.) 
  4. Google seems to do weird things with UPC searches. Even when we had a UPC on the page we wouldn't show up in searches for it, even with "site:trailspace.com"

While it's not exactly what you're looking for, you can search by UPC or manufacturer SKU/style number using our on-site search.

Including it as a field for reviews is something to consider too. 

I would love to hear more about how you as a retailer or as a consumer would want to use UPC numbers on Trailspace. How can Trailspace and its reviews and product info be of use to buyers and other industry folks, in addition to consumers?

Thanks!

gonzan
MODERATOR REVIEW CORPS
658 reviewer rep
2,149 forum posts
December 12, 2013 at 10:50 a.m. (EST)

Thanks for the update on these improvement, Alicia!

Wonderful to see Gransfors added, they are magnificent woodcraft tools, and verge on art. 

John T. Jeffery
0 reviewer rep
1 forum posts
December 12, 2013 at 1:20 p.m. (EST)

Perhaps when it comes to fixed blade/sheath knives appropriate for hiking the following should be included.  They are all comparable in price, size, weight, and utility to the excellent products by Morakniv already reviewed on Trailspace.

1.  Cold Steel's Finn Bear

Specifications:
Blade Length: 4"
Overall Length: 8 1/2"
Steel: German 4116 Stainless
Weight: 2.8 oz
Blade Thickness: 2.5 mm
Handle: 4 1/2" Long High Impact Polypropylene
Sheath: Cor-Ex™ Sheath

"Reflecting the best of its Finnish heritage, the Finn Bear is an extremely affordable version of our popular Sisu™. It's ideal for hunting, fishing or camping trips, and makes an efficient utility knife as well!

The German 4116 Stainless blade is hollow ground and given an Rc hardness of 56-57, so it will hold a good edge and is easy to re-sharpen. Its blade shape is centuries old and practical because of its good sturdy point for piercing and long belly for skinning, cutting and carving. It's big and strong enough to skin a Moose, yet thin and delicate enough to slice a tomato or cut up an apple.

The Finn Bear has a straight handle with a slightly ribbed texture for traction. Its modified diamond cross section will fit your hand like a glove and accommodate a wide variety of gripping methods. It's made of tough Polypropylene, so it's impervious to the elements and won't swell, shrink, rot or crack.

For safety and convenience, the Finn Bear comes with a deep pouch style Cor-Ex sheath and generously sized belt loop so it can be worn on the waist, slung around the neck or tossed into a duffle bag or tackle box."

Source:  Cold Steel dot com.

2.  Marttiini's Condor line including the Little Classic (Little Condor, 186011 and 184010), Skinner (Condor Skinner, 186014 and 184014), and Utility Hunter (Condor Lapp, 186015 and 184015).

1)  Marttiini Little Classic (Little Condor).

7 3/8" overall. 3 1/2" 420 stainless straight hunter blade. Black textured Kraton handle with cast metal finger guard. Black leather belt sheath. Country of Origin: FINLAND

"A handy small knife. The textured rubber handle and finger guard ensure a firm grip of the knife. The blade is made of easy to maintain stainless steel. The handle is designed to fit the hand of a youngster, but the knife is a handy tool for adults for carving and work that requires precision."

See the 186011 on Marttiini dot fi (select British flag for English).

Available in the U.S. at Knifeworks dot com and Smoky Mountain Knife Works at smkw dot com.

2)  Marttiini Skinner (Condor Skinner).

8 7/8" overall. 4 1/8" 420 stainless skinner blade. Black textured Kraton handle with a cast metal finger guard. Black leather belt sheath. Country of Origin: FINLAND

"This model won the hunting knife test in the ERÄ magazine. It is one of the most popular Marttiini hunting knives. The textured rubber handle and the finger guard ensure a safe and firm grip in the most demanding forest conditions. The easy to maintain stainless chrome steel blade maintains its sharpness for a long time. The design of the blade is extremely suitable for handling game, whilst carving is also effortless with this knife."

See the 186014 on Marttiini dot fi (select British flag for English).

Available in the U.S. at Knifeworks dot com and Smoky Mountain Knife Works at smkw dot com.

3)  Marttiini Utility Hunter (Condor Lapp).

9" overall. 4 1/4" 420 stainless straight hunter blade. Black textured Kraton handle with a cast metal finger guard. Black leather belt sheath. 
Country of Origin: FINLAND

"excellent general knife. The textured rubber handle is combined with the legendary blade of the Lynx knife offering incomparable sharpness and featuring the traditional blood groove."

Note: The 184015 model frequently seen in the U.S. does not have the "traditional blood groove" mentioned above and seen in the 186015 on Marttiini's site.

See the 186015 on Marttiini dot fi (select British flag for English).

Available in the U.S. at Knifeworks dot com and Smoky Mountain Knife Works at smkw dot com.

Alicia
TRAILSPACE STAFF
700 reviewer rep
3,110 forum posts
December 12, 2013 at 4:41 p.m. (EST)

gonzan said:

Thanks for the update on these improvement, Alicia!

Wonderful to see Gransfors added, they are magnificent woodcraft tools, and verge on art. 

Thanks, Gonzan. We've already got two reviews previously of Gransfors, but would love to hear others' experience with these axes, and others.

Alicia
TRAILSPACE STAFF
700 reviewer rep
3,110 forum posts
December 12, 2013 at 4:45 p.m. (EST)

John T. Jeffery said:

Perhaps when it comes to fixed blade/sheath knives appropriate for hiking the following should be included.  They are all comparable in price, size, weight, and utility to the excellent products by Morakniv already reviewed on Trailspace.

....

 Hi John,

Thanks for highlighting Cold Steel and Marttiini knives.

We've got Cold Steel info here: http://www.trailspace.com/gear/cold-steel/

I've also added a Finn Bear product page:

http://www.trailspace.com/gear/cold-steel/finn-bear/

I also added a product page for Marttiini, including pages for three of the knives you mentioned:

http://www.trailspace.com/gear/marttiini/

I hope you and others will share reviews of these and other knives you've had experience with. And, as always, even if an outdoor brand or product is not already listed on Trailspace, as long as it's on-topic go ahead and review it and we will add the product and brand info later.

Thanks!

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