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JOIN THE BACKPACKGEARTEST GROUP ON uses several discussion groups to allow communication between members. The BackpackGearTest group is the mechanism by which you submit owner reviews, receive test calls, submit test applications, and receive relevant news and information. In order to be a tester, you MUST belong to the BackpackGearTest group, and in order to join it, you will have to join the discussion group.  

  Click here to jump to the BackpackGearTest group, then click the 'Apply For Membership In This Group"' link.

That's the only group you need to belong to in order to be a gear tester. :

So, that's it.  You've now joined the group and will quickly become a part of the BackpackGearTest community.  Welcome aboard!

From time to time the various groups will generate a lot of mail, and you may wish to create a separate folder in your email software and route these messages into that folder.  Most email software supports this.  Refer to your email documentation for instructions on how to do this.

HOWEVER, in order to be a reviewer and actually receive product for review, you must complete the following steps. We need to know if you are serious about following our guidelines and that you can write a detailed review well and that you can accept criticism from our editors and mentors. What we do is fun and there is great product to review, which you get to keep. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR FIRST OWNER REVUES WITHOUT READING EXISTING REVIEWS ON THE SITE! The reviews we do are NOTHING like what you see on Amazon, so be sure to submit your entry revues with the same detail and structure you see on our existing reviews.

You now have two options:

Return to the Introduction page or Continue to the second step - Create Two Owner Reviews.

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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