The Gear Institute is a network of the best outdoor gear testers in America, dedicated to providing you the most professional, objective, and helpful advice you can get about what gear you should buy (and how you should use it).
Who we are
We are committed users of outdoor gear—professional guides, product engineers, specialty shop employees, athletes, writers, and everyday outdoor people. And we’re stoked about good gear.
To learn more about the people behind Gear Institute, visit the Faculty page.
What we do
Our goal is to professionalize outdoor gear testing. We conduct fair, thorough, head-to-head tests of comparable outdoor products, both under controlled conditions and in appropriate real-world field-testing scenarios. We publish our testing criteria and open our methodology to discussion.
How we do it
Above all, we strive to provide fair, objective, and credible product reviews to the buyers of outdoor gear. That means we cannot and will not be influenced in any way by advertisers, product representatives, or our own biases.
For an explanation of the Gear Institute Rating system, click here.