Gear Reviews

Outdoor Insiders' Top 10 Tips for Standout Gear Reviews

What makes a product review valuable and trustworthy? We've been asking community members, reviewers, and outdoor industry professionals to share their insights. Here's what we learned.

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Where'd You Get That Gear? Identifying Incentivized Reviews

In addition to knowing how a piece of gear has been used, we at Trailspace think knowing how a reviewer got that gear is important too. So, here's what we're doing.

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Member Feedback: What makes you trust a review?

What makes you trust a review? What makes you value a review? We want to hear our community members' thoughts on the info and opinions they find most useful when considering new gear.

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4 Ways to Give Great Gear

The holidays are an ideal opportunity to share the gift of outdoor recreation with friends and loved ones. Here's how to efficiently navigate holiday gear purchases, so you can spend less time shopping and more time outside.

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How We Fight Fraud

We value honesty at Trailspace. But, while people increasingly turn to online consumer reviews, by next year one in 10 Internet reviews could be a fake. Here's what we do to prevent fraud on Trailspace.

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Your Gear Reviews Are Focus of Updated Product Pages

We've redesigned the product pages on Trailspace, putting the focus of each product where it belongs—on your first-hand, real-world reviews and ratings. We've also added some new features, to help you find the outdoor gear info you want faster.

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To Write the Best Backpack Reviews Answer 3 Questions

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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11 Tips for the Best Outdoor Gear Reviews

Whether you're reviewing your 20-year-old backpack, the latest solid fuel stove, or any other outdoor equipment, clothing, or footwear, follow these tips to write the best outdoor gear reviews.

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Introducing Reviewer Reputation

Today we're introducing reviewer reputation: a rough measurement of each member's standing within the Trailspace community, based on the quantity and quality of their contributions.

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Trailspace Community Publishes 25,000th Gear Review

The Trailspace community has published 25,000 outdoor gear reviews! Congratulations to Kkpro. For writing the 25,000th (of his Black Diamond Cosmo) he wins a $400 gear prize pack. Plus, everyone gets special discounts from CampSaver, Massey’s Outfitters, Rock/Creek, and Tahoe Mountain Sports.

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Trailspace Community Nears 25,000 Outdoor Gear Reviews

We’re about to reach 25,000 outdoor gear reviews, thanks to our amazing community members! The author of the 25,000th review will win a Trailspace prize pack, so share your review today.

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Trailspace Top Ten: Your Best Outdoor Gear

For Trailspace's Best Outdoor Gear List, we turned to you, our community members. We've compiled one ultimate gear list from your 24,000 reviews, featuring your best shelter, sleeping bag, stove, water treatment, multi-tool, light, navigation, trekking poles, backpack, and food and drink.

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What New Gear Do You Want Reviewed?

What noteworthy outdoor gear do you want to see independently tested and reviewed here at Trailspace? Suggest promising, new-for-2013, backcountry equipment and apparel you'd like our Review Corps to field test.

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Vote Up Your Favorite Reviews

Community feedback plays a vital role in identifying and highlighting the best and most useful gear reviews on Trailspace. Today we're introducing a new interface to clarify and encourage your feedback.

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Test Backcountry Gear with Trailspace's Review Corps

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.

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Make your gear review a "Killer Review"

Noticed that Killer Review badge on a gear review? Learn what it means and how you and your reviews can earn one too.

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New Feature: Comment on Gear Reviews

Have you ever read someone's gear review and had a follow-up question or two? Or just wanted to comment on a stellar, helpful review? Great job! Now you can leave comments on any Trailspace gear review.

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New Tools for Writing Great Gear Reviews

One of our goals at Trailspace is to give our members the best tools to write and share great gear reviews. So we’re excited to announce that we’ve launched a redesigned and enhanced version of our “write a review” form.

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Write Gear Reviews, Get Smarter

Write Reviews Online. That sage advice was number 30 on Newsweek's list of "31 ways to get smarter — faster," in the January 9 & 16 issue.

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This Just In: How to Update Your Gear Reviews

You can now easily add updates and change the star ratings of your existing Trailspace gear reviews. These updates can be as long or short as you like, and will appear on the same page as your original review. Here's how.

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Vargo Outdoors Hexagon Stove Review

The Vargo Hexagon wood stove boils two cups of water almost as fast as a canister stove. The temperature adjustment is limited though. See if our tester recommends this unconventional stove.

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Light & Motion Solite 150 Headlamp Review

Light & Motion, maker of high-end bike lights, has a bold new offering in for multi-sport enthusiasts: a sleek light that combines a flashlight, helmet light, and a headlamp. How did this light preform on the water, on the trail, and on the road?

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Instant Camp Eggs Cook-Off

Dehydrated and freeze-dried instant eggs can inspire strong reactions among outdoor enthusiasts. We wondered which, if any, were worth packing along on the trail and put a batch to the backcountry taste test.

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Therm-a-Rest Sleep System Review

Combine Therm-a-Rest's NeoAir All Season pad, Alpine Down Blanket, and Fitted Sheet and you get a full sleep system. Find out how comfortable and versatile the pieces were for our tester.

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Sierra Designs Revival 65 Backpack Review

The Revival 65, from Sierra Designs' new pack line, is designed for long multi-day trips into the woods. So how did it fare for hiking, backpacking, and canyoneering in the Southern Appalachians?

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Contribute to Trailspace's Gear Brands Directory

Trailspace features than 1,600 outdoor gear brands (and counting) in our directory of brands, and recently we've been busy updating and adding even more...

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Leki Micro Stick Review

The folding, ultralight (8.9 oz) Micro Stick from Leki was designed for fast and light hiking and packability. So how did these minimal trekking poles hold up under our testing?

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Black Diamond Ultra Distance Z-Poles Review

Designed with the long distance thru-hiker, fast-packing ultra-lighter, or trail runner in mind, the Black Diamond Ultra Distance trekking poles, fold up like an avalanche probe and are very light (9.2 oz). So how did they hold up under our gear test?

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Clif Shot Energy Gels Review

We tested all eight flavors of Clif Shot energy gels hiking, snow-biking, and road biking this winter and spring. See how well the gels performed, and tasted, during endurance activities.

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Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport Barefoot Review

As interest in minimal footwear builds, we assigned three reviewers to test the utility of barefoot shoes for backcountry adventures. So, how did the Vibram FiveFingers TrekSports fare for our outdoor trail enthusiasts?

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Osprey Argon 85 Expedition Pack Review

Described by Osprey as "a favorite of weekend warriors to elite mountaineers," the Argon 85 expedition pack proved well made with an excellent fit and was very comfortable under heavy load.

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Point6 Hiking Tech Medium Crew Review

After a combined 700 miles of hiking, backpacking, and trail running, the Point6 Hiking Tech Medium Crew and Mini Crew socks remained well constructed and our tester's feet blister-free.

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Point6 Hiking Tech Medium Mini Crew Review

After a combined 700 miles of hiking, backpacking, and trail running, the Point6 Hiking Tech Mini Crew and Medium Crew socks remained well constructed and our tester's feet blister-free.

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Got Gear? Write a Review

Did you get the gift of outdoor gear? Do you search the gear reviews before buying new equipment? Submit your own gear review and help your fellow backcountry enthusiasts select great gear.

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How to Write a Killer Gear Review

Want your gear review to stand out from the crowd? Want fellow backcountry enthusiasts to find your reviews helpful, informative, and credible? Here’s how you can write a thorough, informative, and honest (e.g. “killer”) outdoor gear review.

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Outdoor Research BackStop Gloves Review

The Outdoor Research BackStop fleece liner gloves with WindStopper have become my go-to gloves for year-round use. For a single pair of 100-weight fleece gloves, they are incredibly versatile and useful.

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20,000 Reviews: Hooray!

Whoo Hoo! On Monday, November 8, at 19:40:32 p.m (EST) Trailspace's 20,000th user gear review was added to the backcountry gear guide.

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Primus ExpressSpider Stove Review

Primus’s ExpressSpider is a small, lightweight (6.9 oz), affordable remote canister stove with manual ignition. It makes an excellent option for budget backpacking.

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You be the judge: Rate gear reviews

We sometimes caution community members not to be judgmental in the forums. It's far too easy to rush to a verdict about others online from the distance...

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Facts: The Window to a Closed Mind?

Most of us like to believe we're well reasoned, thoughtful individuals. That the strong, life-affirming opinions we've formed — whether they're about...

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New feature: Was it helpful?

A couple of weeks ago we quietly added a simple question for members at the bottom of every gear review (and forum post) on Trailspace: "was this helpful?"...

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Gear Reviews: Do's and Don'ts

Since you're reading the Trailspace blog, I'll assume you've consulted a gear review or two at some point.

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Timex Expedition WS4 Altimeter

The WS4, designed with advice from famed climber Conrad Anker, generally is very useful. There are a few places where it could be improved though.

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Gear Review: CamelBak Flow Meter

CamelBak has introduced a clever new device called a Flow Meter that measures how much water you have left and your rate of consumption. So, does it take the guesswork out of staying hydrated?

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Gear Review: In-Bottle Water Filters

While each type of water filter system has its pluses and minuses, bottle-based filters offer extreme portability and simplicity. See how the ones we tested fared during backcountry use.

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Review: CamelBak ShredBak Hydration Vest

I first tried the new Camelbak ShredBak hydration system at the winter Outdoor Retailer show’s on-snow session in January. This summer I tested the ShredBak on a half dozen hikes, totaling perhaps 40-50 miles, and on several bike rides.

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Review: Leki Thermolite AERGON Antishock Trekking Poles

The Thermolite AERGON Antishock hiking poles feature Leki’s newest antishock system, the Soft Antishock System Lite. So, what did this reviewer, previously biased against antishock poles, think of them?

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La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Runners

I’ve been wearing the Wildcats trail running and hiking in Maine and New England for several months now and I’m extremely pleased.

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Review: CamelBak ShredBak — Hydration in a Vest

The CameBak ShredBak, a softshell vest with an integrated, removable, inner hydration layer, is one of the more interesting new products for 2009. I’m already a devotee of hydration reservoirs and packs when hiking, backpacking, biking, and cross-country skiing. So, I was eager to see how the pioneering piece would perform on the slopes.

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So, Was it Good For You?

I’m interrupting our regularly scheduled Outdoor Retailer coverage for this reminder, which we all can stand to hear: Just because a piece of gear is...

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