About Kikin Sports

Have you ever wanted to buy a sports fitness or outdoor product and been stumped about which product is best? Or, worse, bought a product only to learn later that you didn’t buy the right one for your needs? I have, and that is why I started Kikin Sports.

The Kikin Sports mission is simple: to create world’s best sports, fitness & outdoor gear reviews.

We believe the world’s best gear reviews are the ones that help you select the right products for your specific needs, budget, and interests.

Our secret sauce is side-by-side comparative reviews.

Here’s how it works:

  1. We select the top products in each category.
  1. We buy the products we review ourselves, at retail just like you, to help assure complete objectivity and independence in our ratings. We will not accept free evaluation units from manufacturers.
  1. Our Experts put the products through detailed side-by-side tests, both in the lab and in the field, and carefully assess performance, ease of use, and reliability.
  1. We rank the products, explain why, and give awards to the best.

Kikin Sports is reader-supported. When you click on links to buy products we may earn money to support our work.

Our review process starts with selection: we look at hundreds of products to determine the top contenders in each category. We then buy the top contenders for detailed hands-on testing.

To provide a fair basis for scoring, we develop a set of objective lab tests for each category that will help us quantify important differences between competing products.

In addition, we put products through real-world field tests where we use and abuse them to see how they hold up to the competition. Our gear (products) lab testing environments are the great mountains of America and Pakistan: Himalayas, K2, the High Sierra, the Cascades, the peaks of Alaska, and the Rocky Mountain. Our testers are avid sportsman, fitness freaks, climbers, skiers, bikers, surfers, hikers, trail runners, and backpackers. Each of them has an eye for detail and an obsession to find the best. Many of our testers are professional outdoor guides who bring years of hands-on experience and back country wisdom to our reviews.

In the end, our mission is to help you find the best product for your situation, keeping in mind that each person’s needs are unique. To achieve that goal we publish the scores of each product relative to its competition, both overall and across important attributes for each category. That means you can find the one that best meets your individual needs.