Not sure if it's just me, but my impression is that the most common rating for a review is 5 stars. I feel this could be due to a variety of reasons:
- More of an urge to review gear you are really excited about.
- Subconcious or maybe conscious need to justify a purchase.
- Lack of in depth and honest analysis of the benefits and flaws of a piece of gear.
- An abundance of really good gear.
- Not enough time spent with the gear to fully evaluate its true potential, like durability.
Admittedly it's difficult to hold back a review...you really want to spread the word or have a chance at a really cool freebie being offered that month. I have several pieces of gear from last year I am having a hard time holding back until another trip or two so understand, but consider the usefulness of the review to others as well. I tend to ignore reviews by folks who only rate things highly. I might be missing out on a good review but tend to trust reviewers with more variable ratings as well as in depth reviews...anyone else do the same?