How to test new gear for Runner’s World

Here has The runner’s world, we test thousands of products every year in our labs, workstations, and on the roads and trails. We evaluate a wide range of criteria in our reviews, including comfort, performance, durability, ease of use, safety and price.

We’re running thousands of miles on new shoe designs, speeding up the wear of running shorts, putting snow cleats to work, the list goes on! Depending on the product, we’ll even stretch it, drop it, or heat it to make sure it stands up to real life.

As part of these tests — this is where you come in — we invite a select group of Runner’s World + members to use the product themselves, to make it work extensively, and as a group to report on the performance of the item under various conditions. After all of this, we make our final selection of the best products to recommend to our readers.

All The runner’s world+ member is eligible to become a product tester. To access this benefit exclusive to members, the first step is to subscribe.

We are looking for runners from all backgrounds and varying levels. Curious about how to become a Runner’s World + member and test the products yourself? Here’s everything you need to know to register.

How to become a product tester

  1. Become a The runner’s world+ member.

  2. After becoming a member, follow this link and complete the request form.

    Product testers faq

    I am a The runner’s world+ member, and I applied for the program. How do I know if I have been selected to test a product?

    When you are selected for a study, you will receive an email confirming your participation and providing information on when you should expect your product to arrive in the mail.

    Share your experience with The runner’s world+ Members

    The world of runners field testers are often the first to try new products (shoes, clothing, headphones, winter wear, etc.) and your feedback may even appear in our trusted product reviews or magazine, as well as in expert evaluations of the The runner’s world‘s Test team.

    We can’t wait to hear what you think of the products we ship to you. But first you have to become a The runner’s world+ member. Several weeks after you register for The runner’s world+, you will receive an email invitation to activate your tester profile. After activating your profile, you will be eligible for selection and participation.

    Please note: There is no guarantee that you will be selected for product testing. This offer is only available to residents of the United States.

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