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Welcome to BackpackGearTest.org. This page is a map of all relevant BackpackGearTest.org documentation. This page links to all the information you will need to become a tester, or to submit gear for testing if you are a manufacturer.
Do not let the volume of documentation discourage you. The documents are designed to be easy to read, and to take you step by step through the BackpackGearTest.org process at your own speed. You will only have to read a small part of the documentation for each step. Stick with it, and you'll become a tester in very short order.
If you would like a quick overview of the BackpackGearTest.org Experience, please read the Survival Guide. The Survival Guide contains three sections.
If you would like a step-by-step guide to becoming a Gear Tester, please read How to Become a Gear Tester in Three Easy Steps. (Please note that this document is somewhat out of date and is being updated.)
A custom Report Writer is available for you to use when writing reports. Using the Report Writer is not required, but it helps many of us and it is FREE!
All of the Rules and Regulations are embodied in the BacpackGearTest.org Bylaws. The Bylaws are made up of several chapters:
The Appendices to the Bylaws provide additional information on a variety of topics.
A handy conversion utility is provided for those times when you will have to convert between English and Metric units:
A list of the current BackpackGearTest.org Staff is available for your amusement.
If you are an avid backpacker, we are always looking for enthusiastic, quality reviewers. Apply here to be a gear tester.