Such a perfect post! I recently bought some apparently high-quality reflective gear – online so I couldn’t check the zippers – and sure enough the first thing to fail was the zipper (which was not YKK). It is SO annoying. As “Hardened” mentioned below, I pretty much go for “Prepared” recommendations first; they’ve proven immensely reliable. I also read reviews in well-respected, long standing outdoor gear sites, as they tend to put stuff through the paces. Sadly there are lots of very sketchy review sites out there that look legitimate but have downright dangerous recommendations on them (example: storing propane indoors – WHAT? Not a good idea) A good tip is to check the “WhoIs” information for the site. If there’s no contact information for an actual human, and the domain is housed in a tiny country far-far away? Do NOT read their stuff!