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So, you want to be a gear tester?  Great; you've come to the right place!  This series of lessons was created to help you to easily become a BackpackGearTest tester.  There are sometimes misconceptions about what it takes to participate as a gear tester.  Some think that becoming a tester is hard, or that you need a lot of experience before becoming a tester, but in reality, gear testing is fun, easy, open to people of all experience levels - including newbies! - and it allows you to try new things.  

Depending on the item being tested, your major investment will usually be time - but that will be time backpacking, so who could complain?  The three steps to becoming a gear tester for BackpackGearTest are listed below.  Each step is broken down into a series of lessons.  If you have any questions, or any problems along the way, help is provided by a group of veteran gear testers in the BGTFileUploadHelp group, which you will learn about in the first step below.  Go ahead and click it now, and you'll be on your way!

For fast track students: see the Quick Start Guide and Use the Report Writer

Or for a more detailed approach: THREE EASY STEPS 

1. Join the BackpackGearTest group on

2. Create two Owner Reviews of gear you are familiar with.
        - Writing a brief biography.
        - Writing the review.
            -- Initial considerations.
            -- Examples.
        - Submitting the review.
        - Uploading the review.

3. Apply to test gear.

Product tested and reviewed in each Formal Test Report has been provided free of charge by the manufacturer to Upon completion of the Test Series the writer is permitted to keep the product. Owner Reviews are based on product owned by the reviewer personally unless otherwise noted.

If you are an avid backpacker, we are always looking for enthusiastic, quality reviewers. Apply here to be a gear tester.

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