Just by scanning the most recent gear reviews on the front page each day, it is obvious that a whole lot of 5-stars get handed out. I was just curious as to how people rated their gear – for instance, if you do rate your stuff, how much use does it get first? I am probably guilty of one over-zealous gear review on this site, and perhaps I was a little unfair in another review.
I know that it's not wise to base your opinions solely off of gear that hasn't personally been tested, and that it is even more foolish to base an opinion off of one data point (and a subjective one, at that). I just find that a lot of times, by the time I am comfortable rating a piece of gear, it is no longer being manufactured to those specifications (i.e., next year's model, etc.). For instance, I would love to review my Lowa Scarab II's, but they aren't made any more, so what's the point?
I am really excited about the new "Trailspace approved" gear test reviews.