Gear Review Policy
The primary purpose of this blog is not to test and review gear, or to derive income or free stuff by doing so. Occasionally, though, I am given or offered something to test or review, and when that happens the following applies:
- I usually only accept things for review that are relevant to the outdoors activities I do. There are several reasons for this: (i) it means there’s a much better chance I’ll actually be able to test the product properly, (ii) it’s less likely to clutter up my gear cupboard barely used, (iii) any review I do is likely to be more credible as a result.
- I carefully screen the products that I am offered for review, turning down way more than I accept.
- The amount of time I will use the product before writing a review is heavily dependent on what the product is and the time of year and weather. If it’s going to be a few weeks before a full review is written, I will generally at least do a first impressions type review.
- My gear reviews will always make it very clear when it is a product I have been sent for review, whether that is lent or gifted outright. If it doesn’t say this, then I have bought it myself.
- One of the conditions of review for anything I am provided with is that I am free to write an honest appraisal of the product. If something’s crap, I will say so.
- When I dispose of ex-review products, any net proceeds after the costs of disposal are donated to charity.