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APPLYING FOR TESTS

To be eligible to apply to test gear, you must first have completed two Owner Reviews of gear you already have experience with.  You must also have submitted a tester agreement.  Once these steps are complete, you are eligible to apply to test gear.
Once you have joined http://www.backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com, you will be able to read test calls that go out to the group.   Most test calls end one week from date of the original posting.  Due to the number of applications received for most calls, test call managers are not able to accept incomplete applications.  If your application is incomplete, it will not be considered and will be discarded without notice. 

New members are referred to as 'Newbies'.  This status is held through your first completed test series.  While you are a Newbie, you will only be able to test one item.  There are some exceptions to this rule. Test calls specify if an item counts toward the Newbie limit or not.  If an item doesn’t count toward the limit, Newbies may apply to test it without penalty.  If an item specifically says that it counts toward the limit, and the Newbie is already testing one item, you may still apply with the understanding that you will not be picked, unless there are not enough veteran applications, you have a very good test plan and you are well into your first test series.

If you are selected, you will be contacted off-list for additional information such as street mailing address or product choice options necessary to get the test underway. Respond as quickly as possible.  The Moderator will pick an alternate tester if you do not respond within 48 hours.  The Moderator for each test series will endeavor to inform the group when the testers have been selected.

Do NOT apply for a test if you are unable to spend the time and effort to gain the experience with the gear necessary to write complete and impartial reports over the four-month period typical of gear tests.

Items do not become the property of the tester until AFTER all required reports have been posted.

Please use your best judgment about the information you include. For example, it may be necessary to add additional measurement information such as torso, inseam, etc. for applications for other types of gear such as backpacks or wind pants. Including information in both imperial and metric units is a good idea.  

The following is a starting point for required information:
Personal biographical information
    • Name
    • Age
    • Gender
    • Height
    • Weight
    • Email address (need not be clickable)
    • City (or region), state, and country (if outside the US) where you live
    • Backpacking background
      • Short, comprehensive description of your backpacking experience (how long, where, etc.)
      • Style (lightweight, tent vs. tarp)
      • 100 word limit – more info: "Writing a Brief Biography" 

Field information

    • Location or locations where you propose to test the gear
    • Description of location (mountains, elevation, terrain, etc.)
    • Typical weather conditions expected (temperature, precipitation, etc.)
    • Style of hiking you plan to do during the test (lightweight, tent vs. tarp, etc.)
    • Test plan or strategy
A short test plan should be submitted with your application. This test plan should briefly describe how you plan to test the item.  It should also include a brief description of the location (include type) and duration of any trips you plan on taking.

Previously written reports

Before you send in your application, remember the manufacturers are 'paying' you for your reports by letting you keep the item being tested. If you are not going to post the reports in good faith then please do not apply. The items do not become the property of the testers until AFTER they have posted the required reports. You MUST include in your application that you understand all of this and will comply or you will send the item back to the manufacturer at your expense.

IN YOUR APPLICATION, YOU MUST INCLUDE THE STATEMENT THAT YOU HAVE READ THESE REQUIREMENTS AND WILL COMPLY WITH THE REPORT REQUIREMENTS FOUND IN THE BYLAWS. INCLUDE THE DATE YOU READ THIS FILE OR THE VERSION NUMBER FROM THE TOP OF THIS FILE. IF YOU FAIL TO DO SO, YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE IGNORED!

 



Product tested and reviewed in each Formal Test Report has been provided free of charge by the manufacturer to BackpackGearTest.org. 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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