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Find out how to get free trainers and clothing

Product testing is a way brands find out if they’re on the right track in developing a sales-winning product.

In return for trying out their shoes or clothes and providing your feedback, some brands will let you keep the products as payment, while others might also pay you for your time.

We’ve rounded up some of the best product testing schemes to sign up for:

Nike

Nike is undoubtedly one of the biggest brands in the world. Signing up to the Nike Voice of the Athlete programme allows you to test future Nike products.
Not everyone will be accepted – sometimes they’re looking for someone who does a particular type of sport or is a certain shoe size. Therefore, it’s always good to keep reapplying. And you’re more likely to be chosen if you opt for a whole shoe size, such as 8, 9, 10, 11 instead of 8.5 or 9.5.

Adidas

Adidas is looking for people with a passion for sport and fashion to try out its new products. Register to take part on the Adidas Product Testing site. You must provide body measurements and won’t be considered if you’ve tested products for any of its competitors.

Some people have been claiming on social media that they’ve been paid for trying out Adidas footwear and apparel, but the company has said this isn’t true - they do not pay for product testing.

Under Armour

Under Armours product testing programme is called the ‘Field Testing Programme’. The programme asks for real athletes at a range of levels to put their products to the test, including apparel, footwear, and accessories.

Potential testers are asked to fill in an online form with information such as your size, the sports you play, your level of sports activity and workout conditions.

Under Armour will then contact you when they have a suitable product for you to test. Typically, you’ll have a couple of months to use the product and will then need to provide feedback. You might have to return the product for a wear and tear evaluation, but sometimes they’ll let you keep it.

Puma

If you’re big into your sports, Puma’s Digital Product Testing Platform is looking for you. Taking part will mean you trying out new and improved shoes in return for feedback. To get involved, complete the online application and you’ll be registered onto its revolving system, having products sent out from time to time.

Saucony

Saucony is an American trainer brand founded in 1898. It has a specific website set up for anyone interested in testing products. For filling in the form and registering to become a product tester, you’ll get a discount code for 10% off your next purchase.

Brooks

If you’re a runner and a fan of the Brooks brand, why not help them out by becoming a product tester. Visit the Brooks product testing page and fill in the form. The company is looking for what it calls ‘runner insights.’

New Balance

New Balance has gained in popularity in recent years becoming the influencers’ trainer of choice. You can join their product testing programme and bag yourself some insider info on the footwear of the future. Simply register online, receive your prototype, log into the product test system for further instructions on the type of trial New Balance is looking for and then provide feedback.

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Caroline Chell

Caroline has worked in financial communications for more than 10 years, writing content on subjects such as pensions, mortgages, loans and credit cards, as well as stockbroking and investment advice.

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