What to write?
Here are some things to consider when reviewing apparel:
Fit & Comfort: How is the overall fit: arms, legs, torso, hood, etc? Is the garment comfortable during outdoor activities? Any friction, tightness, gapping, etc?
Adjustability: Can the garment be adjusted with cuffs, cords, or other devices?
Water Resistance: If waterproof or water-resistant, how does it hold up to rain and snow?
Breathability: How well does the garment vent during activity?
Moisture: Does the material wick sweat away from your skin?
Warmth: Does it keep you warm or cool as expected outdoors? While active? While at rest?
Layering: How well does it layer with other outdoor apparel?
Abrasion: How well does it handle abrasion under normal outdoor use?
Function: Are pockets, zippers, drawcords, hoods, cuffs functional and convenient?
Ease of Use: Do parts and features work as expected? Consistently?
Features: Any noteworthy features, designs, or technology (ex. UPF protection, insect resistance)? Do they live up to expectations?
Construction & Durability: Is it well made? How has it held up over time?
Conditions: Where, when, and how long have you used this gear?
Make it a Killer Review
Find the positive, find the negative Acknowledge the pros and cons. Even a disappointing product probably has something positive going for it. Likewise, your favorite five-star product probably has some limitations worth mentioning. You don’t have to give equal weight to both sides, but you need to acknowledge positives and negatives for other potential users. More tips for a killer review »