Yeah, I agree that, in an ideal world, all reviews would be stuctured and tree-d like backpackgeartest,org. In the real world, there are a LOT of users of gear that can't/won't don't have time to do such a thorough review. BPL provides a quick and dirty, sometimes gut reaction or bad experience feedback to help folks out. Backpackgeartest also sponsors a lot of their reviews, and if I was given something for free to test, I would make the effort to be a lot more thorough. I also have noticed with backpackgeartest,org (OK, I KNOW I'm gonna get flack for this), that if a manufacturer provides the gear-testers with free merchandise to "test" that there are a lot more positive reviews of that piece of gear.
I have proposed in this thread a group aproach to gear testing that I feel would be a lot more meaningful and honest,
though I don't really have a clear idea yet of how it would be structured.