Review: Gear reviews
July 7, 2014 § Leave a comment
Review: Gear reviews of Ultimate Direction Jenny Ultra Vesta
Loyal fans of the popular Nathan and UltrAspire race vest reviews will be excited to learn that a new version has arrived: the Ultimate Direction Jenny Ultra Vesta race vest review.
I was lucky enough to be sent a couple of pairs of the new gear reviews via Facebook. I read about 120 reviews each week so I need ones that load quickly and can handle a lot of comments and general abuse.
All of the reviews are available online, which is a really convenient way for readers to find and share them. Gear reviews on the web are gradually becoming the norm but you would be surprised how many people are still buying magazines.
Let’s start with the basics. Every review is written in English, and I was able to find all of them using Google which is a plus as that is the only search engine I use.
I really appreciated the fonts used in the reviews. Most of them were in standard Arial, with just a few flourishes like Book Antiqua. Thankfully, there was no sign of Comic Sans. Well done to the reviewers for thinking of this detail.
Colour photography was a thoughtful touch (though one or two were a bit busy – 35 photos is overkill), and there was no background music on any of the reviews – a very welcome relief after all the auto-play settings on other sites I visit.
I found all of the reviews quick to navigate simply by scrolling up and down, and closing them securely was really easy – all it took was a click on the X in the top right hand corner.
Most of the reviews have sub-headings in a contrasting colour for storing different information about materials, construction and capacity (for example). I thought this was really well thought out. Also, the use of dot points was a convenient way to get frequently-needed information about the vest. You never know when you’ll be reading something and suddenly need to copy-paste into a search engine! The reviewers have anticipated this and addressed it.
Regarding fit, all of the reviews are compatible with multiple devices. I opened them on a desktop, a laptop and my iPhone and had no problems adjusting my screen size.
If I have one gripe it is that there was a bit too much white space on some of the webpages but this was a minor point considering I did not have to pay to read them. Also, anyone who sweats excessively will probably find that their screens get pretty wet as none of them are made of wicking material. Something to think about for next time!
Overall I’m going to give these reviews 8/10. They’re comprehensive, make good use of photographs and links, and they were very compact in terms of space. I’m looking forward to reading them a few more times in different locations (at work, on the toilet, etc) and in different weather conditions as so far I’ve only read them at home in winter.