Disclosure Policy

We do not accept guest posts from freelance writers, PR people, brands, or manufacturers.

Gear Diary is a collaborative blog written by a group of individuals managed by Judie Stanford and Dan Cohen. For questions about this site, please contact us. You can read more about our Review Policies by clicking here.

Gear Diary accepts forms of advertising, affiliate sales, sponsorship, and other forms of compensation.

Gear Diary abides by word-of-mouth marketing standards. We believe in the honesty of relationships and opinions. The compensation received may influence the advertising content or the inclusion of any sponsored topics or sponsored posts on this blog. That content, advertising space, or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content.

Our strict policy prohibits any of our writers — whether editors, team members, or contributors — from accepting payment of any kind in exchange for coverage unless the post is clearly marked as Sponsored.

Using Gear Diary contributors to self-publish paid content violates our terms of use. Anyone we discover engaging in such abuse will have their post/s removed from the site, and they will be banned from future publication.

The owners, editors, and team members of Gear Diary are compensated to provide our opinions on products, services, websites, and various other topics; most often, this compensation is in the form of the item reviewed.

Even though this blog’s owner, editors, and team members may receive product compensation for our posts, we will always give our honest opinions, findings, and experiences on those topics or from using those products.

The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely each blogger’s own. While we strive for accuracy in our reporting, any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party in question.

We participate in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to pay us fees for linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. This comes at no cost to you, and it is a way for you to help support this site when you make regular purchases. 

Gear Diary does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.

Privacy Policy Regarding Third-Party Ad Servers

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Web Site. A list of these ad-serving companies is available here. These companies may use information (generally, not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this website and other websites to provide targeted advertisements about goods and services that may interest you.

These companies may employ cookies and clear GIFs to measure advertising effectiveness.

Any information these third parties collect via cookies and clear GIFs is generally not personally identifiable (unless, for example, you provide personally identifiable information to them through an ad or email message).

We encourage you to read these businesses’ privacy policies if you have any concerns about how they will care for your personal information.

If you would like more information about this practice and your choices about not having this information used by these companies, see the Network Advertising Initiative’s consumer website.

Sponsored Posts

We occasionally publish news posts and reviews that are sponsored by manufacturers and written by Gear Diary Team Members and Editors: These posts will always clearly show that they are Sponsored, both at the beginning of the review and in the category tag. This is both for FTC reasons and to maintain the site’s integrity.

If your company requests that we publish a sponsored news post or review with or without “Do Follow” links without the post clearly stating that the posted piece is sponsored, we will not accommodate your request.

Paid-Link Insertion Requests

We do not sell links or accept payment to insert links into published posts. Don’t bother asking; the answer will always be no. 

Some Gear Diary Policies of Which You Should Be Aware

• Please read our full Terms of Use here.

• By sending an email to Judie, Dan, Admin, or any other Gear Diary writer, you are giving your explicit permission for it to be reposted in part or in full — along with your name, company, and website — unless Judie and/or Dan agree to keep your name private in writing.

Logo, Photos, and Quote Requests

Are you interested in using our logo, quotes, photos, or content somewhere in your media materials?

Licensing, permission, re-use of content:  For all content licensing, permissions, reprints, or any other re-use, including using quotes (with or without the Gear Diary logo), please contact Judie and Dan at [email protected]. Please note that Gear Diary, LLC is the only authorized company to license our materials.

Sweepstakes (aka Giveaways) Policies

• No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win.

• We will list the sponsors who have provided the prizes for our sweepstakes.

• The value of the sweepstakes prizes will be listed.

• Our sweepstakes are only open to anyone in the United States who is age 18 and up.

• Unless otherwise explicitly stated, sweepstakes are open only to people with a continental USA mailing address; if your address shows as out of the country, we will pick a new winner.

• When there are multiple prizes listed, unless otherwise explicitly stated, we will give one prize to each winner; prizes and winners will be chosen randomly through Rafflecopter.

• Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received during the sweepstakes entry period.

 • The starting and ending dates for entry in our sweepstakes will be explicitly stated. 

• Winners will receive an email from [email protected], generally on the day after a sweepstake ends. Please be sure that you have that email address whitelisted in your email settings.

• If you are chosen as the winner, you will have two weeks to respond to the winning announcement email. If you do not respond on the 15th day, we will pick a new winner. It is not our responsibility to notify you more than once that your entry has been chosen, so be sure to check your spam folder.

• All sweepstakes winners will be posted on Gear Diary in the Rafflecopter box where entries were accepted. We will leave this list in place for three months after the sweepstakes has closed. 

• Each sweepstakes winner is responsible for all federal, state, and local sales taxes and income taxes related to their particular prize. Any other incidental expenses on the prize not specified herein are the sole responsibility of the winner. 

• By entering any sweepstakes on Gear Diary, you agree to receive exclusive offers from Gear Diary. You can unsubscribe at any time.

• We retain the right to revoke prizes for contest winners whose profiles appear to use multiple usernames, email addresses, or other potentially fraudulent credentials.

• By participating in this sweepstakes, you (i) agree to be bound by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and (ii) agree to be bound by the decisions of Gear Diary, LLC., which are final and binding in all matters relating to the sweepstakes. Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from the sweepstakes. 


This policy is valid from March 25, 2024