What to write?
Here are some things to consider when reviewing trekking poles:
Fit: Do the straps and grip fit your wrists and hands comfortably?
Adjustability: Does the pole's length adjust? How about straps?
Locking: Are any locking mechanisms easy to use, secure? Any slippage?
Shocks: Do the poles have shocks? Do they work? Are they adjustable? Can they be turned off?
Traction: How well does the pole's tip grip different ground? Any slippage on wet or dry terrain?
Flex: How stiff or flexible are the poles relative to other trekking poles?
Baskets: Do baskets stay on? Do they get in the way? Are they easy to switch out?
Accessories: How well do accessories, like camera mounts and tips, work?
Ease of Use: Do parts and features work as expected? Consistently?
Features: Any noteworthy features, designs, or technology? Do they live up to expectations?
Construction & Durability: Is it well made? How has it held up over time?
Conditions: Where, when, and how long have you used this gear?
Make it a Killer Review
Be fair Keep in mind commonsense limits for gear. Don’t expect a tarp to keep out the snow on Denali, or an ultralight rucksack to carry 50 pounds comfortably. Consider how the product performed during normal usage. Did it meet manufacturer claims? Fall short? Exceed them? More tips for a killer review »