Trailspace News

Congratulations, Seth and Maine Coast Heritage Trust

For the past decade, Seth Levy has supported Trailspace and our outdoor community in a variety of evolving ways. This month Seth moves on to become the Donor Engagement Officer at Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and we'll miss him.

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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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Trailspace helps launch Maine Outdoor Brands alliance

Trailspace is proud to be part of Maine Outdoor Brands, a trade group to help grow the state's outdoor rec economy, promote brands, and attract manufacturers and a younger workforce.

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Congratulations, Top Gear Reviewers of 2016

Congratulation to Trailspace's top gear reviewers of 2016! Meet the individuals most recognized by their fellow community members for their helpful, informative outdoor gear reviews.

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Happy 15th Birthday, Trailspace

Happy 15th birthday, Trailspace, and thanks to our community members! Together we've published 32,000+ reviews and helped millions of hikers, climbers, paddlers, backcountry skiers, and trail runners find the best outdoor gear.

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Congratulations, Top Reviewers of 2015

Congratulation to Trailspace's top gear reviewers of 2015! Meet the individuals most recognized by their fellow community members for their helpful, informative outdoor gear reviews.

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Congratulations, Top Gear Reviewers of 2014!

Congratulation to Trailspace's top gear reviewers of 2014! Meet the individuals most recognized by their fellow community members for their helpful, informative gear reviews.

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Trailspace Updates: New Brand and Category Pages

With the help of our members, we strive to make Trailspace the best outdoor gear community. Here are some of our most recent developments toward that goal, including new brand and gear category pages.

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Welcome, Ashleigh and G00SE, Our Newest Moderators

Welcome and thank you to Ashleigh and G00SE, our newest community moderators! They join Gonzan, Mike, and Tom D in welcoming, guiding, and assisting community members.

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Happy 13th Birthday, Trailspace!

Happy 13th Birthday, Trailspace! A huge thanks goes out to everyone who has been a part of Trailspace since we launched back on March 14, 2001.

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Trailspace Updates: Site Nav, Nonprofits, Mobile, More

Improvements to navigation and the mobile site, charitable contributions to our nonprofit partners, a trip to Outdoor Retailer: Here's what Trailspace has been up to.

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Congratulations, Trailspace's 2013 Top Reviewers

Congratulation to Trailspace's top reviewers of 2013! Meet the individuals most recognized by fellow community members for their helpful, informative gear reviews.

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Trailspace Updates: Gear Deals, More Sharp Stuff, Flagging

Research axes, saws, and shovels in an expanded Knives and Tools category. Flag problematic posts. Find the best gear and save money, and more. Here's a roundup from the past month of site developments, updates, and new features.

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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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Trailspace Updates: Cameras, Apps, Thousands of Products

We've added an Electronics category for your camera and outdoor app reviews, added thousands of new fall and winter products, and provided more gear and review sorting options. Here's a roundup of developments from the past month at Trailspace.

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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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Trailspace Updates: New About, Login, Review Forum

We've added a new About Trailspace page and Review Tips forum, tweaked the login, sped up page loading, listened to community feedback, and more. Here's a roundup of developments from the past month.

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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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Gear Reviews & Outdoor Stewardship: Why We're 1% for the Planet Members

Ever notice that 1% for the Planet logo at the bottom of every Trailspace page and wonder what it means? Learn why we're member of 1% FTP and what outdoor nonprofits we support.

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Gear Discounts for Trailspace Members through April 30

Want to save 10 to 20 percent on gear for summer? We've got special discounts from CampSaver, Massey’s Outfitters, Rock/Creek, and Tahoe Mountain Sports. But, only through April 30.

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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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New Trailspace Hats Arrive!

Our updated Trailspace Trail Runner Caps arrived this week. Find out how you can get your own Trailspace lid to wear on the trail.

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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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Share Trailspace Sticker Adventures

Introducing the new stickers adventure forum. Share pictures of Trailspace stickers and hats on your outdoor adventures, and you could win some sweet gear.

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How's your reputation?

Anyone who's ever read comments online knows that the numbers of posts, comments, or reviews an individual shares doesn't necessarily correlate with his or her value to the community. Enter reputation systems, which measure the value of each member's contributions.

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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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Sneak Peek

If you've been on any of our social media sites today, you may have noticed a new look for Trailspace.

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What does Trailspace mean to you?

As a reader and member of Trailspace, you likely have some impressions of our online outdoor community. Whether you joined us today (welcome!) or back in 2001, what does Trailspace mean to you?

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Happy 11th Birthday, Trailspace

Happy Birthday, Trailspace! Eleven years ago, we started this online community with two forums and the beginnings of a backcountry gear guide. Thanks to every one of you who has been a part of Trailspace over the last 11 years.

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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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Share Your Outdoor Events in New Community Forum

Trail races, hiking club gatherings, trail and climbing fests, backcountry film fests. Now you can share information about your outdoor events in a new Events forum on Trailspace.

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The Antidote to Cyber Monday: Free Stickers

Burned out on holiday shopping already? How about changing it up with something free? We're celebrating/defying Cyber Monday by giving away Trailspace stickers.

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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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Trailspace's New Moderators

Trailspace welcomes Gonzan, Rick-Pittsburgh, and Trouthunter as our newest volunteer moderators.

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Your New Community Evangelist

Long ago, I dedicated my life to experiencing as much of this planet as possible under my own power, and helping others to do the same. Now I'm excited to be joining the Trailspace team as your new Community Evangelist.

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Welcome, Seth

Trailspace is excited to welcome Seth Levy as our new Community Evangelist.

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It's time for a Break

Every day I know I'm quite lucky to work on Trailspace, a site that melds my personal interests—getting outdoors and being active—with my professional...

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Community: What makes a good one?

Community. It's a marketing buzzword, a television show, and even appears on the résumé of the commander in chief (a former community organizer himself).

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New Feature: Private Messages

Today we're launching one of the features most requested by community members: private messages. You can now send and receive messages with other Trailspace...

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We're looking for Data Entry Gear Geeks

Do you think categorizing climbing cams and tracking down sleeping bag specs sounds fun? Do you have a passion for outdoor activities and gear and a talent...

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Happy 10th Birthday, Trailspace!

Happy 10th Birthday, Trailspace! Thanks to every one of you who has contributed to our outdoor community over the past decade. You've helped make Trailspace a success.

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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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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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