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Hi and welcome! Here at (BGT), we are always looking for enthusiastic people who love the outdoors and are willing to commit to 16-week testing periods with multiple overnights.   

You need to be open to new things, able to write clear and informative reports and be prompt and responsible in meeting deadlines. 

It is not hard, and you do not need a lot of experience. Gear testing is fun, easy, and open to people of all experience levels.

Depending on the item being tested, your major investment will usually be time - but that will be time spent backpacking, so who would complain?

And no, you do not get paid but you do get to keep the gear you test AFTER your three-report commitment is fulfilled. First thing to do is to read several Owner Reviews (ORs) and Test Reports on the (BGT) website so you understand what is expected in our ORs and Test Reports. BGT is not Amazon and those sorts of reviews are not acceptable here. Anything by Richard Lyon is a good example.

Once you understand what is required for proper field testing and good reporting, if you are ready to commit to these standards, please send an e-mail to Kathy at BackpackGearTest dot com with your FULL NAME, city/state where you live, e-mail address, age, gender and a brief background of your backpacking experience and style (base camper, hammock camper, etc.). Also include a one-sentence explanation of why you want to join BGT.

In return, you will receive an e-mail explaining the next steps for becoming a member of BGT. We look forward to working with you!

Kathy and John Waters

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.

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