Seems like the reoccurring theme here is "Want to know gear"
Maybe I'm abnormal, but knowing what gear a person used is far, far, far less important than the person's experience, the writing, the photos, etc.
When Grandma made a great meal, I enjoyed the interplay of the garden fresh vegetables, just the right balance of herbs and spices, the way that simmering it for just so long can make perfection and how everyday ingredients can make something magical.
And while I sometimes would ask how she would make a dish, it never occurred to me to ask what knife or pan she used. ;)
In the same way, for a trip report, I enjoy all of what I noted above concerning writing style, photos, etc (enjoyment of meal) and sometimes want to know how to get there and what map to use (recipe) ...but what tent, stove or shoe a person used? ((pot/pan/knife)
Figure that's what a gear review post and/or gear review article is for.