What to write?
Here are some things to consider when reviewing footwear:
Fit: How well does the shoe fit your foot, heel, ankle? Does it suit your foot and arch type? Does lacing system help customize fit?
Comfort: Any break-in needed? Any chaffing from friction? Pressure points? Does it keep out debris, snow?
Support: How well does the shoe and its sole support your foot and ankle?
Water Resistance: If it's designed to keep your feet dry, does it?
Traction: How well does it grip on different surfaces? On wet or dry ground?
Temp Control: If it's designed to keep you warm in winter, does it? If it's designed for hot, dry conditions, how does it vent?
Ease of Use: Do parts and features work as expected? Consistently?
Features: Any noteworthy features, designs, or technology? 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
Be fair Keep in mind commonsense limits for gear. Don’t expect a tarp to keep out the snow on Denali, or an ultralight rucksack to carry 50 pounds comfortably. Consider how the product performed during normal usage. Did it meet manufacturer claims? Fall short? Exceed them? More tips for a killer review »