During an overnight trip into the Walls of Jerusalem, I reflected on my experiences of researching outdoor gear. It’s late 2020 and at this point I’ve been bushwalking in Tassie’s wilderness for four years. After spending $5,000 and making a few mistakes, I’d finally completed my four season outdoor kit (for the meantime anyway).
It had taken the best part of those four years to be satisfied with my loadout and to get my weight down, whilst balancing some comforts. I had spent countless hours on the net comparing the big ticket items like backpacks, boots, sleeping bags, and especially tents. What I found was that the researching process was frustrating as most sites were just affiliate links and US based products. A lot of brands listed their information differently and some had a few gaps in their specifications. I visited my local bushwalking shops and found myself taking photos and walking from shop to shop to try and work out what product I liked best. I decided to come up with a better way to research and compare gear and after many months of tinkering I ended up with Outdoor Gear Comparison.
My goal for the business is to help outdoor enthusiasts (like you) have a better outdoor experience by providing more tools to find the most suitable equipment. I decided that I wanted to stay clear from the affiliate sites and sponsored posts, and give every brand an equal opportunity to show off their goods, no matter how big or small they are. I also wanted to use any success that the business found as a way to give back to causes that matter to me, and I think to the wider hiking community. If you’re interested, you can read more about our 10% giving pledge here. I think it’s pretty cool.
So if you’re already a member, or even just passing through, I want to say a huge thankyou for checking us out and for giving us your support. Be sure to tell your outdoorsy friends about us.
Catch you on the summit!
Zac Hardman – Founder