I find myself doing more and more reviews of gear on this blog – lots of running clothes and shoes, and some cycling stuff (and more cool stuff in the pipeline). I am happy with this direction as I am definitely a person who loves trying out the latest equipment for the sports I participate in. I also spend a lot of time reading others’ reviews and manufacturers’ marketing material. That being said, when I write gear reviews, it is obviously biased in terms of what I think is important. Given that I really want other people to read these reviews that I work hard on, it behooves me to identify what my audience would want to know about the ‘stuff’ I get to try out. I try to provide an objective opinion from a typical runner/cyclists perspective but it would be nice to know that I am also providing the right balance of pertinent information.
What do you think? What specific things are important to you when it comes to reading about new gear? Do you like long, in depth, reviews (I do!) or do you prefer short, list style, pro/con assessments?
My goal for this blog is to provide a place to record my thoughts, but also some valuable and interesting information for people out there who are considering a certain shoe, or hat, or jacket. If you have thoughts or opinions, please leave a comment or contact me on twitter @runbikeraceblog.
Thanks for reading!
Check out Roger Hospedales Gear Reviews with Running Free. He writes awesome gear & race reports.
Good suggestion Karen. I’ve read some of his in the past but will go back to the TRF page and see tips I can pick up. Thanks.