Gear, equipment, and vehicle tests and reviews are one of the many things we as journalists get to do. They are a lot of fun most of the time. Product launches, new technology, and gadget features sometimes can sway your opinion about an item if you let it. So we wanted to share how we test all of this so when you read our review you know it was thorough, unbiased as possible, and truly tested the manufacturers claims.
Every item that comes across our desks will be used in as many different weather and terrain scenarios as possible. We want to make sure if it’s listed as waterproof, windproof, cold weather, warm weather unbreakable, best ever, capable of reinventing the wheel etc… that it truly stands up to that. It gets put into daily use commuting, touring, weekend off road running, track time, camping, whatever scenario it’s designed for. Ideally this would take several months but we can’t always dedicate that kind of time to one review. When we can we will make durability claims for the long haul. If it’s a short test we won’t guess. I can promise if something goes wrong we will share it. The idea is that we are reviewing each item as if we spent our own money on it. In many cases we did buy the items we review. If we wouldn’t buy it because of an issue we will tell you that as our reader.
All items will be tested for safety, ease of use, durability, practicality, and price. We list price last because if the product is correctly executed price becomes a lower priority. If it’s worth saving for we will definitely recommend it.
We use a subjective rating system that ranges from Poor, to Below Average, Average, Very Good, Excellent and Outstanding. These will be applied to multiple categories for each item and then an overall will be given.
This will be updated as criteria changes and new procedures are established.