How I Review Gear

I love gadgets and I like how they help they help make my life easier on several aspects. I love bags in particular and over the past few years I’ve geeked out on all the many indie brands for their innovative and well thought out designs. I’ve followed bag reviewers like Chase Reeves, Bo Ismono and the people of Pack Hacker; and I was really inspired in how they reviewed products. With that I wanted to be able to express my love of bags and gear as well. So one of the reasons I created this blog site is to use this as a place to do my reviews.

In reviewing I wanted to have a structured criteria or points to base my reviews on, so I came up with the following:

  • What is the maker’s intention or purpose
  • What are the noteworthy materials that add to it’s purpose
  • What are the things that it does well
  • What can be improved
  • What are my impressions after using it for a while
  • How do I live with the perceived downsides

The last point is the one that I think would be most interesting because it may provide some ideas on how you can still enjoy the experience of using the gear, or any particular gear for that matter. If I was to review a bag for example, it’s about finding out how I can live with the limitations of the bag when I try to use it for a long while or beyond its intended purpose.

I will also be splitting my reviews in parts. The first part would be the features and my first impressions and the next part will be for long-term use. I like how Pack Hacker has a section there where they do bullet point updates on the bags after a certain number of weeks or months. I think this works for me as I often purchase my things and (try to) use them for months and even years. I will be consolidating all this in just one page, so that it’ll be easier for everyone, including myself 😊.

So this is how I will try to do my reviews. I see that this will evolve over time and I will probably track those updates on this page as well. If you have any suggestions, do let me know by sending me a Twitter dm at @fhicarte.

I hope you all have a great day!