Prior to making a purchase on your outdoor sporting gear, no matter what kind of gear you are going to buy, you have to make sure that you take the time to get reviews on the gear, on different brands, and on different pieces of equipment, in order to know you are truly getting the best, and are getting what is the best value to you as well. So, rather than buy the cheapest, or the first thing you find on the shelves, that you believe to be a good value, you should instead take the time to examine the gear, find reviews about it, and then decide on the purchase, or decide to go with a different brand.
So, when you are looking for reviews, you want to make sure to get a diversified review site, or reviews from several sites and people. You are going to want to speak with experts, with other outdoor enthusiasts, and with anyone who may be willing, or who can offer you, a great review on the pieces and the gear you are looking to buy. This will give you a unique and interesting blend of reviews, both from the experts, and just from those who have used the gear, know how it feels outdoors, and can give you an in depth look at whether or not it is good gear to purchase.
When you have a good range of reviews, from several sources, you are now more in line with being able to make a good purchase decision. Since you have so many points of view, and so many different pieces of information about that one piece of equipment you are considering to purchase, you are going to be able to make a better informed, and a better overall decision on the purchase.