Various forums are not really about increasing your skill set so as to carry less weight. Or what NOT to carry in terms of gear. But rather overwhelmingly what a person should buy to go outside.
And many outdoor forums are almost entirely FOR SALE or WANTED TO BUY message posts at this point.
So to get outside..buy more stuff? I guess?
Regardless, gear reviews tend to be overwhelmingly popular.
However, have you read these gear reviews?
An popular format is followed:
- A person gets some crap for free.
- Sets it up on their kitchen table or backyard.
- Maybe goes on a weekend trip.
- Writes about it.
- Repeats the cycle many times.
- And then they are magically a gear and outdoors “expert”.
- More free gear is given
I’d argue that a real review takes at least one year of regular use.
An initial overview based on experience has some merit.
But a review? Naaaah…that it ain’t.
But it is what people like and want.
And these so-called reviews? They sound almost all overwhelmingly the same.
So as to save time, I have come up with a gear review edition of the popular Mad Libs.
Read the gear version below, insert the appropriate word and you’ll have read at least 65% of the gear “reviews” from web sites, magazine and online forums that are currently available.
Today I received a new [TYPE OF GEAR] from [COMPANY].
When I un-boxed this [TYPE OF GEAR], I was immediately impressed with the stitching and attention to detail.
[COMPANY] makes some good products and I was glad to be able to get a first look the new [BRAND] [MODEL OF GEAR] .
When [I DID SOMETHING TO IT FOR THE SETUP] in my backyard, I could not help but admire the [INSERT NAME OF SOME OVERWHELMINGLY EXPENSIVE FABRIC TYPE] and how strong it was for its weight.
The [TOTALLY UN-NEEDED FEATURE THAT IS SOMEHOW A SELLING POINT] is a nice touch and is sure to make [AN ACTIVITY DONE OUTDOORS]
I took out the [TYPE OF GEAR] to the [NAME OF LOCAL DOG PARK] when it was [DESCRIBE SOME MILD WEATHER CONDITIONS BUT MAKE IT #EPIC SOUNDING].
The [BRAND] [MODEL OF GEAR] performed well.
I covered [NUMBER] of miles and was able to have the [TYPE OF GEAR] [DO WHAT IT SUPPOSED TO DO ANYWAY] quite easily.
At the end of my [#EPIC] I really appreciated how well the [BRAND] [MODEL OF GEAR] held out.
At only [NUMBER] dollars, the [BRAND] [MODEL OF GEAR] is a good value. An at [NUMBER] ounces not really that heavy for a [HOW THE PIECE OF GEAR WILL BE USED].
I see myself using the [BRAND] [MODEL OF GEAR] for many [LIST OF FUTURE TRIP TYPES THAT I PROBABLY WON’t TAKE BECAUSE I AM TOO BUSY USING ALL MY FREE GEAR AT THE LOCAL DOG PARK INSTEAD].
An excellent [TYPE OF GEAR] and a [TYPE OF GEAR] that should suit many people well.