I have been posting gear reviews on Trailspace over the last couple of years. The links below take you to that great site with my reviews as well as others, and a wonderful community of knowledgeable folks who post in the forums. My early reviews are weak at best but have been improving steadily. I always have several more in the works and will post additional links as I complete testing. See the footnote below for my approach to gear reviews.
A quick review of an item I returned after a couple of nights of testing.
Marmot Sawtooth 4/5
An early review with no photos of my older go-to sleeping bag (for temps between 0 and 20) that I still use on some winter trips.
My first review of what is now my second favorite backpack. I still use it in the winter when the Ohm 2.0 doesn’t quite hold everything.
Gear Review Approach
I try to test gear thoroughly, but within the realm of what I call the “average” backpacker, if there is such a person. I won’t generally post a review (although there are exceptions) until I have thoroughly used the piece of gear for multiple seasons (unless the gear is winter or summer only etc.) and several trips. Many of my go-to items were reviewed after years of use. The exception to this is Trailspace Review Corps gear tests – many of them must be done within a prescribed time frame as part of the conditions arranged with the manufacturer. However, I try to follow those with updates after more use.
The tests are my typical trips of 2-5 nights unless otherwise noted – nothing really extreme. For wear and tear discussions, keep in mind that I treat my gear with respect and clean/store it properly, although often scramble through off-trail areas and put the outer gear through significant abuse including briers and rhododendron thickets.
I have no affiliations with any outdoor gear manufacturers or others in the industry. Up until Fall 2016, I have purchased all the gear that has been reviewed. However, at that time I was asked to join Trailspace’s Review Corps of independent volunteer testers, so a few of my reviews since 2016 will be of gear that was provided through them. This will not influence my reviews, and will be noted up front in each review. I did sign and commit to their ethics policy so if you are a gear manufacturer or distributor please contact Trailspace directly rather than me if you would like to have a piece of gear reviewed.