To Write the Best Backpack Reviews Answer 3 Questions

8:00 a.m. on June 19, 2013 (EDT)
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When buying a backpack, people want to know how it will fit, feel, and hold their gear. Give those details, and you'll help other hikers, backpackers, climbers, skiers, trail runners, and paddlers find the right pack for their next backcountry adventures.

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1:27 p.m. on June 19, 2013 (EDT)
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I like it.  If I win the chance to test a pack I'll definitely reference this article.

10:50 p.m. on June 19, 2013 (EDT)
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Good stuff Alicia, thanks for firing this out. 

12:59 p.m. on June 20, 2013 (EDT)
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Great advise Alicia...maybe I can improve my recent review with these very helpful tips :)

8:52 p.m. on June 20, 2013 (EDT)
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Thanks, all.

Everything I've learned comes from reading all of your thousands of reviews for the past decade-plus, and seeing the best of your efforts. Thanks for showing us how it's best done.


9:41 a.m. on June 22, 2013 (EDT)
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Nice job Alicia! Can I suggest a fourth point, albeit to some extent well covered in your 3 questions. 

Are the materials and construction appropriate for your intended use?

I'm thinking that for example folks who will be travelling in more off-trail areas would do well to by packs made of fabrics with a slightly higher denier and denser weave-heavier to be sure, but way more abrasion resistant. Another example would be to consider the typical weather for the area where most trips are conducted; fabrics made with air-texturized yarns while having a nice feel, tend to pick up a lot of moisture over time and become spongey as opposed to flat filament yarns that have a much smoother finish. 

Just a bit of food for thought on an otherwise excellent piece!


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