Being frugal, some may say cheap, I like to research products before making a purchase, things like backpacks, tents, bindings, etc. Surprisingly, given how many of our population are opinionated bastards, it can be awfully hard to find a decent review. What is most surprising, are the people who review a product after using it one or two times. Just about any product will be reasonable in the first 24 hours of use, but what really counts is how well the product stands up to daily use (and abuse).
There should be mandated minimum use time of one year before you can review a product, but, given the overweening consumerism of our age, most people will have long since discarded the original product in favor of something in this season's colour.
Broken ski on an 8 day ski traverse - now I can do a review