APPLICATION TO TEST KAHTOOLA MICROSPIKES
Please accept my application to test the Kahtoola Microspike ice traction system. I have read Chapter Five of the BackpackGearTest Survival Guide, version 0609, and I will follow all requirements. My signed BGT Agreement is on file.
Name: Theresa Lawrence
Height: 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight: 125 lbs (57 kg)
Email: theresa_newell AT yahoo DOT com
Location: Sparwood, British Columbia, Canada
Date: October 28, 2013
I have more than 15 years of backpacking experience. Day hikes and 2-3 day backpacking trips take place on most weekends throughout the year while longer trips are only occasional. I backpack predominantly in mountain terrain (Coast Range, Cascades and Canadian Rockies) with the goal of summiting peaks. Activities I use my gear with include mountaineering, ski touring, rock climbing, kayaking, biking, trail running, Search and Rescue and overseas travel. I like my gear to be reasonably light, convenient and simple to use though I would not claim to be a lightweight hiker.
These Microspikes would be a great tool for hiking in the winter including summiting peaks if the weather cooperates. I would use them on day hikes as well as on local trails in and around town. I do plan on backpacking this winter, so they would see at least one overnight trip if not more. I am very curious about the durability of the materials (chain and rubber), how easy they are to get on and off and how they function on snow and ice. Would they ball up with snow and freeze? There would be ample opportunities where I live to test these out. Winter has already arrived, we've already had some snow and freezing temperatures. The fluctuating temperatures between snow, rain and sun predictably make for icy conditions.
PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN REPORTS
Owner Reviews: 5 in the last year
- Gregory Cairn 58 Backpack: FR just uploaded
- REI Half Dome 2 Tent: FR due end of November
No outstanding applications
Completed Reviews: http://www.backpackgeartest.org/tester_reviews/theresa_lawrence
Tester Status Page: http://teststatus.backpackgeartest.org/T1909.htm
I have no other BGT roles.
Thank you for considering my application,