Honest, straightforward and reliable reviews are the cornerstone of everything we do at Outdoor Gear Outpost. We’re here to provide the best information we can, so you can make an informed decision before buying a piece of gear. We test gear ourselves, and we have bins overflowing with old gear to prove it!

Why We Review Gear

The reasons why we review gear might be just as important as how we review it. We do it because we love it. The writers who create reviews for Survival Gear Outpost are hikers, backpackers, survival experts and gear nuts who have decades of experience in the field. We’re passionate about this stuff, and it shows. 

We also do it because we believe that independent, unbiased voices in the world of outdoor and survival gear are important. You’ve probably had the experience of reading a review only to discover it’s really just a sales pitch. We don’t do that. In an age where paid promotions and advertisements disguised as reviews are more and more prevalent, we aim to provide a platform for real knowledge and opinions based on real experience. 

Our Review Process

For us, the review process looks a little different for each piece of gear that passes through our hands. We eat, sleep and breathe this stuff, and we spend a lot of time simply looking for cool new gadgets that we want to check out. Sometimes we also review old classics from our extensive collection. 

It can start with word of mouth too. We often hear about gear from other folks in the industry, from our similarly gear-obsessed outdoorsy friends, or even from commenters on this site. Occasionally we get sent things to review, but most of the time we just go out and buy the stuff ourselves. Bottom line, survival and outdoor gear finds its way to us in all kinds of ways. But when it does, these are the three key components of our review process:

  • Doing Our Homework. No matter what piece of gear we’re reviewing, we start from a place of intensive research. We like to learn everything we can about a product, from how it works and what it’s made of to where it was made and who made it. This helps us not only assess the product itself, but also to see how it fits into the bigger picture.
  • Real World Testing. Hands-on testing is an integral part of assessing survival gear and outdoor equipment. When we test a product, we put it through all the rigors of real-world use to ensure that we can review it fairly and accurately. Testing a piece of survival gear involves pushing it to its limit to ensure that it will hold up in a real survival situation.
  • Listening to Other Voices. A big part of evaluating a piece of gear is listening to what others have to say about it. We may be a team of experts, but we also know that we don’t know everything! Opinions from other authorities and feedback from our community of like-minded outdoor enthusiasts are always valued. 

No Paid Reviews

Objectivity is absolutely essential. It’s part of our core identity at Outdoor Gear Review, and it’s something we absolutely refuse to compromise on. We will not, under any circumstances, accept money from a company to write a positive review of their product. You might be surprised how rare that is in this business.

Sometimes gear manufacturers and brands ask if they can send us a knife, a watch or some other piece of equipment for us to test out and review. We always say the same thing: “sure, but you might not like what we have to say.” We welcome new gear to try out, but we don’t guarantee that we’ll write a review if it turns out not to be up to our standards. And if we do write about it, we make no secret of the fact that we’re going to tell it like it is. 

Affiliate Disclosure

In many cases, you’ll see links in our reviews that will take you to a site where you can purchase the products we’re reviewing. If you click on those links and buy the products, we might earn a commission on that purchase. This tends to be the case with all review sites, and it’s a small thing we do to help pay our bills and keep the lights on at Survival Gear Outpost. 

Believe it or not, we don’t make a ton of money reviewing survival gear, and a lot of the money we do earn goes right back into buying more gear. It’s a vicious cycle. 

We maintain our commitment to only featuring products we believe in. We don’t let affiliate links influence our coverage, and we don’t overstuff our articles with links. We also review plenty of gear that we earn no commission on at all. When we do include links, we try to find options that will give you the best possible deal on the gear you’re looking for.