I fully understand the need for peer review! It's one of the reasons that most individual reader reviews need to be taken with several grains of salt. However, during my professional career, any time I was going to be absent I had to arrange for someone to cover at least my major tasks, known in most businesses as a "delegation of authority." Surely your editor has delegated authority to allow release of articles while she's gone? (Congratulations to her, BTW!)
I very much agree with Ashley: With such a "hot" item as the NeoAir, you should plan to bump reviews and articles of far less interest (like the reviews you published the last 2 weeks--I bought my MLD rain mitts almost 2 years ago, and I didn't even bother to look at the other reviews) in favor of getting the "hot" review out to the public! One of the great things about internet publishing is that it can be extremely flexible--you don't have to be on a strict schedule! Even the lovely John Muir essay could have waited another week!
The worst part is that, in the horrendously long NeoAir thread, there are several posts from BPL staffers recommending that would-be buyers wait for the reviews. How long? Next fall? In another month, the first field reports from Backpackgeartest.org will be online, and their testers didn't receive their NeoAirs until the end of March (early April in the case of the Australian tester). According to Ryan's blog, he's had his since at least early December, and the review article was completed over two weeks ago.