APPLICATION - Cloudveil Four Shadows Beanie
February 28th, 2003
Name: H.L. Hussmann III
Height: 5'10" (1.78 meters)
Weight: 152 lbs. (69 kg)
Email Address: cheesetoss at hotmail dot com
City, State, Country: Murray, Kentucky, USA
I started backpacking about four years ago on a trip into the
Superstition Mountains outside of Phoenix Arizona. I had just
undergone knee surgery and was clueless as to how much I was over-
packing. The weather was 75F (24C) and sunny during the day, but got
down to 20F (-7C) at night. We packed in five miles straight up and
straight down and out by the same route the next day. In reality,
that first experience was a combination of unbelievable pain and
amazing self-discovery. Ever since then I have been hooked. I am
mostly into weekend trips, throughout Western KY, the Ozarks,
and Illinois. I am also into mountain biking,spelunking,
orienteering, and canoeing. I car camp for a week at a time at least
once and sometimes twice a year. I have also used a
great deal of my gear while traveling around the world on mission
trips to places like Trinidad and Tobago, Scotland, Ireland, London,
Belgium, and various locations in the Carribean. I am headed back to
Ireland in a few weeks and then my next major quest is a month long
backpacking trip in Thailand which I will take in May, by myself, no
itinerary, total heaven. Because of all of these different
locations, weather is never predictable.
I have many trips planned in the very near future which will be
perfect situations to carry the Cloudveil Beanie.
1) Backpacking the North South Trail in Land Between the Lakes, KY -
Four people will pack in under whatever climatic situation nature
hands us. We will pack in approximately five miles and out by
another route for 5 miles. The trails range from mud to gravel or
packed leaves during this time of year. Temperatures will probably
be around the 45F (7C ) to 25F (-4C ) range and the weather could be
anything from sunny and cool to freezing rain or snow.
2) Camping and caving at Mammoth cave national park. A group of
approximately 30 college age people will be car camping for one night
and then leave for the caves in the morning. One small group which I
will be a part of will more than likely be taking the "Wild Cave"
tour which is 5 miles of `extremely strenuous' caving. This tour
takes about 6 ½ hours and requires helmets, high top hiking boots,
and knee pads as there is a great deal of crawling, squeezing, and
climbing. I would be interested to see if the beanie would fit
comfortably under a helmet.
3) Spring Break missions trip to Dublin Ireland - We are taking 26
people to Dublin Ireland for a one week trip. We will be doing a lot
of walking both inside Dublin and in the surrounding countryside.
Basically, a beanie will be invaluable as we will be performing
drama, passing out literature, and other activities entirely outside
in the cold damp Irish weather.
I also have several day hikes through Land Between the Lakes planned
and I am a campus minister at Murray State University so a big part
of my life is spent on campus passing out literature and talking to
people. It would be a great spot to test out the reaction of college
students to the beanie.
There are several aspects of the beanie that I would want to test:
1) Sizing - I am always leery when I hear "one size fits all." I
have a fairly small head so many times one size doesn't exactly fit
me well. I will gauge its fit on myself and then pass it around to
some of my friends, one of which has a gargantuan noggin'. I will
ask them about the fit and record their answers.
2) Hat Head - Many winter hats give you the worst kind of hat head.
I would be interested to see if this particular beanie would be as
bad as most I've tried, specifically in the static cling area.
3) Comfort - Too many winter hats I have experience ended up making
my head itch insanely, especially when worn for any extended period.
I will make note of the comfort level of this beanie.
4) Temperature Control - The worst in a winter hat is when the thing
gets you so warm that you have to take it off periodically. You end
up burning up till you can't stand it and then when you remove it you
freeze until you put it on again. You end up in a terrible circle
that never leaves you comfortable. STOP THE MADNESS! I think we
should expect a winter hat to remain comfortably warm for an extended
5) The Babe Factor - Let's face it, we all want to look good and when
we purchase clothing that is oftentimes a very high priority. During
the testing period I will commit to asking at least 20 members of the
opposite sex what they think about my hat. I will ask at least 10
total strangers and include a summary of their responses in my
reports. I will also ask at least 10 guys so as to remain equal
opportunity. Great winter hats should get noticed in my opinion. I
will keep tabs on every person who mentions my "new hat" without
unduly attracting attention to it myself. I will summarize in my
reports the times someone says to me, "Hey, nice hat." or "Where'd
you get that?" or even, "That hat makes you insanely attractive, will
you go out with me."
These hats look really great and I would be thrilled to test one.
Thank you for your consideration.
I have read the latest version (v. 1202) of the survival guide and
agree to abide by the guidelines contained therein. I agree to post
all complete reports at or before the appropriate times.
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