Mission statement

To help hikers, backpackers, outdoor enthusiasts, and everyone else learn more about their outdoor gear before they buy it. By providing the world’s best outdoor gear reviews and top 10 gear lists we hope you will be able to get the best tool for the job.


about - gear assistantMy name is Andrew Nicholls and I love hiking and camping around new places more than just about anything else.

This fact was cemented for me on a trip I took to New Zealand. It really is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and I spent almost all my time exploring it in the best way possible – hiking and camping throughout both islands.

The thing is, I ended up not being as prepared for this trip as I thought I was. Part of that was simply not knowing the terrain as well as I should, and part was due to the malfunction of old gear. The end result, though, is that I found myself in need of gear I didn’t have. Relying on what I already knew about certain brands and build quality I managed to get some decent gear, but it cost a pretty penny.

Normally I spend hours sifting through search results and reviews before I buy anything substantial and am well trained in sorting out the good reviews from the bad. This blog is the product of all my extensive research and testing over the years and will hopefully share some of the things I have learned along the way.

Yes, I like researching outdoor equipment but not as much as I like going out and testing it in the wild. As I am sure most of the people on this blog can agree, it is better to be outdoors on a rainy day than stuck in an office on a sunny day.

I really have one simple mission here. I want to provide you with everything you need to make informed decisions about your choice of camping and hiking gear before you head out. I’ll investigate as much gear as I can as thoroughly as I can and pass on the results to you, along with a small team of testers.

All we care about is providing you with the best information possible so you can make the most out of all your hiking and camping trips.

Gear Assistant