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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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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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Trailspace 20,000 Reviews Gear Giveaway

Call it the Trailspace 20,000 Reviews Contest, a grab bag of gear, fall office cleaning, or just an awesome giveaway.

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Trailspace 20,000 Reviews Contest: Win Gear

Back in 2001, a little outdoor community called Trailspace hit the world wide web with a small collection of backcountry gear reviews. As we approach 20,000 reviews, we think that milestone is worth celebrating. So, we're giving away gear in the Trailspace 20,000 Reviews Contest.

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We've got new Trailspace hats!

If you've already got the free stickers, you can now show off your love for the Trailspace backcountry community on the trail and around town with a new...

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New Feature: Forum Email Subscriptions

Earlier today we launched a new feature to help keep Trailspace members up-to-date with threads of personal interest in the Trailspace forums.

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New Feature: Genders Unblended

For a long time, the Trailspace product database has contained information about men's, women's, and kids' versions of many of the thousands of outdoor...

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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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Celebrate Winter in July: Backcountry ski/ride gear and gear care/repair products added

It may be 90 degrees and up in parts of the Northern Hemisphere, but some of us think about skiing or riding all year long.

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Get your own Trailspace stickers

Ever wanted a Trailspace water bottle, ice axe, bear canister, or car box? Well, now you can personalize your outdoor gear thanks to the wonders of Trailspace stickers.

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Paddling Gear and Forum added to Trailspace

Many Trailspace community members are amphibious. To meet their gear needs, Trailspace has added paddling gear reviews and info, and a paddling forum for members to discuss paddling gear, techniques, and tips.

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Goggles and sunglasses added to Gear Guide

Just in time for spring hiking, skiing, climbing, paddling, and exploring, we've added sport sunglasses, glacier glasses, and goggles to the Gear Guide.

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Happy 9th Birthday, Trailspace

Nine years ago, Trailspace.com started out as a backcountry community and independent gear guide. Today we turn nine years old and have grown to a community...

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New Feature: Video Reviews

A couple weeks ago we announced the ability for Trailspace members to add images to their gear reviews.

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New Feature: Include Photos in Your Gear Reviews

Today we launched a cool new feature for all you Trailspace review writers: the review form now features a visual editor interface (just like the Trailspace...

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Socks added to Trailspace Gear Guide

Today I added about a dozen brands of outdoor socks to our Gear Guide. We've got all the major players -- Wigwam, Smartwool, Thorlo, Fox River, Darn Tough...

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Happy 2010, Trailspace friends

It's that time of year, a time for resolutions, retributions, and renewal. But first, here's a quick and not-too-nostalgic look back at 2009.

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New Forum for Backcountry Beginners

If you're a backcountry beginner, trail novice, or just branching out to try a new outdoor activity (snowshoeing or winter hiking, for example), there's...

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Food & Drinks added to Trailspace Gear Guide

Trailspace adds backpacking meals, energy foods, sports drinks and coffee to its Gear Guide.

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New in our Gear Guide: Books, Maps, Software

OK, so there was a gaping hole in our Gear Guide: No actual guides; not even a single map. Well, those days are over, folks: we've just added more than...

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Recommend good gear repair services

Need to resole your backpacking boots or rock shoes, fix a broken tent zipper, modify a backpack, sharpen some ice screws? Once you have the right outdoor...

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Expanded Gear Guide: 34,146 Products and Counting

Hello, Trailspace blog readers. We’ve been even busier than usual at Trailspace lately. In addition to hiring Tom Mangan as our new assistant editor,...

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This blog is not for sale

The Federal Trade Commission is taking on bloggers who’ve been paid for their posts or wooed with freebies from companies that they cover.

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Welcome, Tom Mangan, Trailspace's assistant editor

I'm very excited to report that we’ve hired Tom Mangan as assistant editor of Trailspace. You may recognize Tom’s name from a series of cottage gear...

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Trailspace names Tom Mangan as Assistant Editor

Trailspace has hired Tom Mangan as assistant editor. Mangan, an avid hiker and backpacker, will maintain and expand Trailspace’s online gear catalog database and write and edit outdoor gear guides, comparisons, and reviews.

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New site features: photos, articles, and more

I'm excited to announce the release of some major new features here on Trailspace: The most obvious and widespread change is that every page on the side...

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Outdoors Writers Wanted

We’re looking for a few, talented, outdoorsy freelance writers to write profiles, gear news articles, and gear reviews and comparisons for Trailspace...

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Giving Back: 1% for the Planet Donations

It’s Tax Day. As members of 1% For the Planet since 2006, we donate at least one percent of annual sales to environmental organizations.

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Happy 8th Birthday, Trailspace

     Trailspace turns 8 years old today. Happy Birthday! If we were celebrating a traditional anniversary, the eighth would call for a gift of bronze.

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Trailspace on Facebook

If you're a Facebookaholic (or, like me, just someone who inadvertently got sucked into the insidious social network by friends) you can now become a...

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Search Enhancements

Tonight we launched a bunch of improvements to the site's search engine. The search box in the sitewide page header is the same (we didn't want to clutter...

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New Features: Express Yourself

The core of Trailspace is our community of users who gather here to review, discuss, and debate outdoor gear.

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Happy Birthday, Trailspace

     Trailspace turns 7 years old today. Happy Birthday!  

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Giving Back: 1% For the Planet Donations

As members of 1% For the Planet, we donate at least one percent of annual sales to environmental organizations.

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Starry (and not so) Starry Reviews

We know that sometimes a pair of trail hikers isn’t a 3 star shoe or a 4 star shoe. It’s really more like a 3.5 star shoe.

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New Feature: Post and Review Editing

I'm pleased to announce the launch of a long-overdue, and much-requested feature here on Trailspace: the ability to edit your forum posts and gear reviews.

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More Climbing Gear

Just a quick note to let everyone know that we've launched a whole slew of climbing gear categories, including protection, biners and draws, ice gear,...

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Trailspace Hats

At long last, Trailspace hats are available for purchase! If you enjoy the site, show your support by hitting the trail with a Trailspace lid on your head.

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Trailspace Joins the Access Fund

If you’re a climber concerned with keeping climbing areas open and conserving the climbing environment (and why wouldn’t you be) you should know about the Access Fund.

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Calling Chris Ryan

Hey, Chris Ryan, one of the winners of our tagline contest with "Gear Up and Get Out." I have Trailspace hats with your tagline for you, but your e-mail...

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It’s an Honor Just to be Nominated

Today I found out that Trailspace was nominated to win a Best of the Web Award from Maine’s Software and Information Technology Industry Association.

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Fire Up the Yaks

Yesterday we got this e-mail autoreply from a Trailspace newsletter subscriber: I am currently in a remote region of Nepal walking through the valleys...

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New Feature: Forum Quick Reply

Just a quick note to let you know about a new feature in the Trailspace forums: we've added a "quick reply" form the the bottom of each thread, so that...

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Spring Cleaning

Spring is a season of renewal in the outdoors, and it is here at Trailspace too. This afternoon we launched a partial redesign of the the site, featuring...

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Here's Johnno: Trailspace's 10,000th Reviewer

A few weeks ago Trailspace’s 10,000th review, a review of Garmont’s Passo hiking boots, was posted by Johnno.

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Trailspace Publishes 10,000th Gear Review

On February 26 Trailspace published its 10,000th independent outdoor gear review when Johnno submitted a user review of Garmont’s Passo hiking boots.

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New Blog Features

I've been tinkering under the hood of the blog and added some long-overdue functionality. Most notably, there are now archives browseable by subject and...

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Trailspace’s First 1% For The Planet

Last August when we joined 1% For The Planet we promised to update you on what organizations Trailspace supported. We just finished our 2006 1% For The Planet donations and I’m excited to report where our contributions went.

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Trailspace: Gear Up and Get Out

In case you haven’t heard, Trailspace now has its tagline—Gear Up and Get Out—thanks to Jeffrey Perez and Christopher Ryan.

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