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Kyle Purcell
(dufus934) - F

Locale: North Texas
gear testing on 11/25/2007 14:10:06 MST Print View

is there a place where you can have gear sent to you to test. and do any of these places let you keep the gear you test. this is a shot in the dark, i think i remember someone telling me about a place where this happens, but i can't remember where it was.

Mark Hurd
(markhurd) - M

Locale: South Texas
Re: gear testing on 11/25/2007 14:17:17 MST Print View

Kyle,

Check Backpack Gear Test

They might have what you need.

-Mark

Edited by markhurd on 11/25/2007 14:18:43 MST.

larry savage
(pyeyo) - F

Locale: pacific northwest
Kyle for a long time I was sponsered as a cyclists ... on 11/26/2007 11:35:16 MST Print View

Kyle, for a long time I was sponsered as a cyclist and I found most manufacturers are constantly bombarded with request to test equipment. The hoops one has to jump through are enormous to get much of anything in your hands.
The outdoor industry is in the same state, for a long time I would request guide discount and even that was a pain.
Approach backcountry gear test, even backpacker magazine [ the name that sticks in my mine is Kristen Hostetter] but I would start also at local level networking with your nearby outdoor store, these are the people who purchase the stuff so the makers respond a little better then a blind contact, the regional sales people can sometimes swing a deal.
You have to bring something to the table; a resume of hikes, a plan of new hikes with conditions expected, why you think this would be the perfect venue to test their stuff, and some writing ability. Good luck.