What to write?
Here are some things to consider when reviewing a shelter:
Setup: How easy is the tent to pitch? Are footprint, poles, fly, stakes easy to setup?
Stability: Does it pitch tautly? Does it stay stable in wind, rain, snow?
Weather Resistance: How well does the tent -- floor, fly, and sides -- handle moisture?
Ventilation: Is condensation an issue? How well does the shelter vent?
Room & Storage: How's the room and headroom for users and equipment? How useful is any internal gear storage?
Packability: How do the tent and parts pack up for stowage, relative to pitched size?
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: How has it held up over use?
Conditions: Where, when, and how long have you used this gear?
Make it a Killer Review
Include yourself Backcountry enthusiasts come in a range of sizes, styles, and experiences. Readers want to know who you are and how you use your gear. Is this your first backpacking tent, or are you a veteran AT thru-hiker? Do you tend toward ultralight trekking, or do you happily hump 50-pound loads of creature comforts? More tips for a killer review »