MyOutdoors

MyOutdoors

are creating outdoor adventure news and reviews

$172

per month
Hi, thank you for visiting and considering supporting MyOutdoors. My name is Dave Mycroft and I started MyOutdoors in late 2009 after working for 5 years at Outdoors Magic and following major spinal injury. Over the last 9 years MyOutdoors has grown from a one-man band to a community of active outdoor and adventure enthusiasts working together to produce the best adventure news and reviews site in the UK.

MyOutdoors started initially as my way of staying involved in an industry I’d been part of for nearly 3 decades and a reason to get up each day following surgery. With the principles of offering independent real-world product reviews based on experience on a free to access for all basis, combined with up to the minute news reporting via social media, the workload steadily increased to the point where I had to bring a couple of industry friends on-board to help out.

9 years on we still operate to the same principles of independent reviews and free-access, but we’ve grown to a team of over 15 adventurers across multiple disciplines. We’ve built relationships with many of the biggest brands in climbing, mountaineering, trail running, cycling, skiing and travel, and work closely with tourist organisations across Europe on destination reviews.
To date every member of the team has worked unpaid in testing products, visiting destinations and compiling unique and independent content, retaining review products as reward. The costs of hosting, insurance and travel have been met by a minimal amount of commercial advertising, supplemented by subsidy from my Working Tax Credits. This model has allowed us to remain totally independent of brand influence but, unfortunately, is no longer viable after recent changes in Working Tax Credit entitlements. With over 25,000 social media followers and 65,000 unique users across our website and social media, however, we feel a responsibility to not only continue our service but to retain the principles of brand independence and free access to all.

That’s where you come in. We’re asking for your support, if you can afford it, because you value the service we provide and having an independent voice at a time when outdoor and adventure magazines and websites are struggling to survive. The money we raise will go directly into not only supporting, but improving, the service MyOutdoors provides.

At present our team members cover the costs of travel insurance on official press trips from their own pockets and travelling to and from airports, meetings and events. Our first target is to cover these costs, so no-one is out of pocket for producing unique and informative content, followed by product distribution to reviewers, hosting, and specialist software costs essential to producing MyOutdoors.

While we really value each and every supporter we gain we also understand that by contributing you expect and deserve something in return. Although we hope to gain supporters who are on-board simply because they value what we produce and want to see us continue we also see it as an opportunity to allow our readers a bigger say in what we do, where we visit and what products we review. As a member of our community you’ll have an input on these decisions, and be able to talk directly to the review team on how products have performed in real world conditions. We’re also working on a series of “rewards” for higher level supporters ranging from advanced access to features to live Q&A sessions and social meets outdoors.

With 1000 supporters at our entry level rate we’d not only be able to support the review team’s costs but also improve and expand. At present we only attend a single outdoor trade show, the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS), each year – declining Europe’s biggest trade shows ISPO and OutDoor (best known as Friedrichshafen) although accredited, due to costs. We’ve also been restricted in terms of the number of products we can physically review with team members all having “day jobs” (often in the outdoor industry) and limits on how much they can contribute from their own pockets.

A reliable source of income will also enable us to plan ahead, developing our adventure travel coverage. More importantly, however, it would enable us to remain totally independent of commercial interests. We’re proud that despite the offers, we’ve been able to take a moral stand on refusing advertising from the gambling industry and funding from supporters will help reinforce our values.

The subscription level is set low because MyOutdoors don't want to be elitist about who can be involved in this community- if all you can afford is a pound a month, but you still want to be on board and support, that's huge, and that's plenty. If you can afford more, that would be fantastic.
The whole team at MyOutdoors would like to thank you for your interest and hope you feel you can support or aims and ideals of producing free, independent, outdoor and adventure news and reviews 365 days a year.

Tiers
Early Access
$2 or more per month

Thanks for supporting our work. Your support helps fund our daily social media feeds where we bring you the latest news from the outdoors.


Includes


  • Early access to product reviews and features before they go on the website
  • Access to MyOutdoors Community on Discord


Exclusive Access
$5 or more per month

Thanks for showing your faith in us. Our supporters help keep us independent and keep the website free of banner ads. 


Includes


  • All the above
  • Exclusive Videos
  • Exclusive Seasonal Guides to new kit before it hits the shops
Meet and Win
$10 or more per month

Thank You for backing us, your support helps us to keep our website free of personal tracking cookies and free to access without registration.


Includes


  • All the above
  • Entry in our 4 seasonal ex-review kit draws, with 1 entry for each month's subscription (max 12 entries)
  • Notification and invites to our social meets around the UK
Top Level
$25 or more per month

We can't thank you enough for giving us your support. You're helping to expand our coverage of outdoor adventure and test all products in real word conditions prior to review.


Includes


  • All the above
  • Entry in our top level ex-review kit draws, with 1 entry for each month's subscription (max 12 entries)
  • Direct access to our review team and influence on the future direction of MyOutdoors
Brand Supporter
$30 or more per month

As a Brand Supporter you'll jump the queue when you issue press releases, with guaranteed publishing of your gear news within 24 hours on MyOutdoors. Press Releases will also be publicised on our social media channels.

PR Supporter
$55 or more per month

As a PR Supporter you'll jump the queue when you issue press releases, with guaranteed publishing of your clients' releases within 24 hours on MyOutdoors. (up to 5 clients)


Press Releases will also be publicised on our social media channels.

Super PR
$85 or more per month

As a Super PR Supporter you'll jump the queue when you issue press releases, with guaranteed publishing of your clients' releases within 24 hours on MyOutdoors. 


Press Releases will also be publicised on our social media channels.

Foundation Supporter
$130 or more per month

As a Foundation Supporter you're the foundations of MyOutdoors, your support shows us that you value our independent editorial position and our ability to give honest, real-world, assessments based on extensive in-the-field testing.


Includes


  • All the above
  • 2 Advertorials per year
  • 4 weeks of featured content above the fold on our Home page in 1 week blocks per year
  • 2 competitions per year
Goals
$172 of $1,310 per month
When we reach this goal we'll cover all the costs our team incur testing kit for reviews, from travel to insurance. We'll also cover the costs of website hosting, software and development.
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Hi, thank you for visiting and considering supporting MyOutdoors. My name is Dave Mycroft and I started MyOutdoors in late 2009 after working for 5 years at Outdoors Magic and following major spinal injury. Over the last 9 years MyOutdoors has grown from a one-man band to a community of active outdoor and adventure enthusiasts working together to produce the best adventure news and reviews site in the UK.

MyOutdoors started initially as my way of staying involved in an industry I’d been part of for nearly 3 decades and a reason to get up each day following surgery. With the principles of offering independent real-world product reviews based on experience on a free to access for all basis, combined with up to the minute news reporting via social media, the workload steadily increased to the point where I had to bring a couple of industry friends on-board to help out.

9 years on we still operate to the same principles of independent reviews and free-access, but we’ve grown to a team of over 15 adventurers across multiple disciplines. We’ve built relationships with many of the biggest brands in climbing, mountaineering, trail running, cycling, skiing and travel, and work closely with tourist organisations across Europe on destination reviews.
To date every member of the team has worked unpaid in testing products, visiting destinations and compiling unique and independent content, retaining review products as reward. The costs of hosting, insurance and travel have been met by a minimal amount of commercial advertising, supplemented by subsidy from my Working Tax Credits. This model has allowed us to remain totally independent of brand influence but, unfortunately, is no longer viable after recent changes in Working Tax Credit entitlements. With over 25,000 social media followers and 65,000 unique users across our website and social media, however, we feel a responsibility to not only continue our service but to retain the principles of brand independence and free access to all.

That’s where you come in. We’re asking for your support, if you can afford it, because you value the service we provide and having an independent voice at a time when outdoor and adventure magazines and websites are struggling to survive. The money we raise will go directly into not only supporting, but improving, the service MyOutdoors provides.

At present our team members cover the costs of travel insurance on official press trips from their own pockets and travelling to and from airports, meetings and events. Our first target is to cover these costs, so no-one is out of pocket for producing unique and informative content, followed by product distribution to reviewers, hosting, and specialist software costs essential to producing MyOutdoors.

While we really value each and every supporter we gain we also understand that by contributing you expect and deserve something in return. Although we hope to gain supporters who are on-board simply because they value what we produce and want to see us continue we also see it as an opportunity to allow our readers a bigger say in what we do, where we visit and what products we review. As a member of our community you’ll have an input on these decisions, and be able to talk directly to the review team on how products have performed in real world conditions. We’re also working on a series of “rewards” for higher level supporters ranging from advanced access to features to live Q&A sessions and social meets outdoors.

With 1000 supporters at our entry level rate we’d not only be able to support the review team’s costs but also improve and expand. At present we only attend a single outdoor trade show, the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS), each year – declining Europe’s biggest trade shows ISPO and OutDoor (best known as Friedrichshafen) although accredited, due to costs. We’ve also been restricted in terms of the number of products we can physically review with team members all having “day jobs” (often in the outdoor industry) and limits on how much they can contribute from their own pockets.

A reliable source of income will also enable us to plan ahead, developing our adventure travel coverage. More importantly, however, it would enable us to remain totally independent of commercial interests. We’re proud that despite the offers, we’ve been able to take a moral stand on refusing advertising from the gambling industry and funding from supporters will help reinforce our values.

The subscription level is set low because MyOutdoors don't want to be elitist about who can be involved in this community- if all you can afford is a pound a month, but you still want to be on board and support, that's huge, and that's plenty. If you can afford more, that would be fantastic.
The whole team at MyOutdoors would like to thank you for your interest and hope you feel you can support or aims and ideals of producing free, independent, outdoor and adventure news and reviews 365 days a year.

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Tiers
Early Access
$2 or more per month

Thanks for supporting our work. Your support helps fund our daily social media feeds where we bring you the latest news from the outdoors.


Includes


  • Early access to product reviews and features before they go on the website
  • Access to MyOutdoors Community on Discord


Exclusive Access
$5 or more per month

Thanks for showing your faith in us. Our supporters help keep us independent and keep the website free of banner ads. 


Includes


  • All the above
  • Exclusive Videos
  • Exclusive Seasonal Guides to new kit before it hits the shops
Meet and Win
$10 or more per month

Thank You for backing us, your support helps us to keep our website free of personal tracking cookies and free to access without registration.


Includes


  • All the above
  • Entry in our 4 seasonal ex-review kit draws, with 1 entry for each month's subscription (max 12 entries)
  • Notification and invites to our social meets around the UK
Top Level
$25 or more per month

We can't thank you enough for giving us your support. You're helping to expand our coverage of outdoor adventure and test all products in real word conditions prior to review.


Includes


  • All the above
  • Entry in our top level ex-review kit draws, with 1 entry for each month's subscription (max 12 entries)
  • Direct access to our review team and influence on the future direction of MyOutdoors
Brand Supporter
$30 or more per month

As a Brand Supporter you'll jump the queue when you issue press releases, with guaranteed publishing of your gear news within 24 hours on MyOutdoors. Press Releases will also be publicised on our social media channels.

PR Supporter
$55 or more per month

As a PR Supporter you'll jump the queue when you issue press releases, with guaranteed publishing of your clients' releases within 24 hours on MyOutdoors. (up to 5 clients)


Press Releases will also be publicised on our social media channels.

Super PR
$85 or more per month

As a Super PR Supporter you'll jump the queue when you issue press releases, with guaranteed publishing of your clients' releases within 24 hours on MyOutdoors. 


Press Releases will also be publicised on our social media channels.

Foundation Supporter
$130 or more per month

As a Foundation Supporter you're the foundations of MyOutdoors, your support shows us that you value our independent editorial position and our ability to give honest, real-world, assessments based on extensive in-the-field testing.


Includes


  • All the above
  • 2 Advertorials per year
  • 4 weeks of featured content above the fold on our Home page in 1 week blocks per year
  • 2 competitions per year