Please accept my application to test the Sierra Designs Osage
Sleeping Bag. I have read and understood the Survival guide v.1202
(in particular, chapter 5) and agree to follow all guidelines within.
My signed agreement is on file.
Personal Biographical Information:
Name: André Corterier
Height: 1,85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight: 80 kg (175 lb)
Home: Bonn, Germany
I began backpacking in my late teens using Europe's "InterRail"-
System weight hardly mattered, as we were on trains a lot. I
recently rediscovered backpacking and have started out slowly
single-day 15 mile (24 km) jaunts by myself or even shorter hikes in
the company of my little daughter. I am getting started on longer
hikes, as a lightweight packer and hammock-camper. I've begun
upgrading my old gear and am now shooting for a dry FSO weight
(everything carried From the Skin Out except food, fuel and water) of
about 10 kg (22 lb) for three-season camping. Not quite there yet
My current bag is an eight-year old three season down bag, weighing
in at 1,365 g (48 oz) including its stuff sack. Shedding a little
weight (off my pack) is something I've been trying to do for a little
while now, and a sleeping bag which promises to drop 230 g (8 oz)
with no reduction in warmth seems just the ticket.
I like sleeping under the stars. When I don't (and I don't adapt to
rough ground as well as I used to or maybe I just mind the lack of
comfort more) I now sleep in a hammock. When with wife and/or
daughter, it's still going to be a tent sometimes.
I intend to try the bag under the stars (on a pad), in a hammock
(with and without pad), in a shelter and a tent. This should allow me
to report on its use from a wide spectrum of experience.
My current pad is a rectangular Evazote pad. I'd like to find out
whether the "pad-locks" allow attaching this bag to my pad as it is.
If not, I might be tempted to cut my Evazote pad (it's mine, after
all) to a size which would allow doing so (if such an operation would
seem likely to succeed). If I am able to make use of this feature, I
will want to find out whether it helps particularly in my hammock!
I am similarly intrigued by the "Chest pocket". Will it be
uncomfortable to have my Paklite LED light resting on my chest next
to my cell phone (doubling as alarm clock)? Or will it be so useful
as to accumulate assorted odds and ends? Or will I want to go back to
storing these things in the overhead net in my hammock when I sleep
And, of course, I'll be intrigued to see whether Sierra Designs has
solved the quandary of having full length zippers which keep the
warmth inside yet do not snag. It would be a first. Maybe their
zipper tracks / draft tube combo will make it happen.
I am not a particularly cold sleeper (and always sleep in an unheated
room, with the window open), but do not at all like freezing.
Other questions which come to mind (and will be reported on, should I
be chosen for this test:)
Does it compress well? Does it regain its loft well? Will the 40D
shell and lining let down escape? Will the glow-in-the-dark zipper
pulls still glow at 4 in the morning?
Thank you for considering me for this test.
My past Owner Reviews:
- Jack Wolfskin "World's End" 3-person tent at
- Jack Wolfskin "Iceland Men" Jacket at http://tinyurl.com/yt4lg
- Jack Wolfskin "Texapore Mesh Hat" at http://snipurl.com/92wr
- Salewa Protection Windstopper Gloves at http://tinyurl.com/6k9pz
- Victorinox Outrider at http://tinyurl.com/6fspv)
Ursa Designs Clikstand S-1 Complete Stove Set, at
C.Crane PakLite LED flashlight, at http://tinyurl.com/3rlo3
GoLite Wizard Jacket (FR posted), at http://tinyurl.com/6783m
Dahlgren DriStride Alpaca Light Hiking Socks (FR posted), at
AGG cozy cover (IR posted), at http://tinyurl.com/6sqp2
Ibex Roaster boxers (IR posted), at http://tinyurl.com/3vk8p
Ibex Wool Glove Liners (IR posted), at http://tinyurl.com/3wwd7
I am currently active as a BGT Mentor.
With the current glut in open test calls, we were - quite
reasonably - asked to think about the potential problems presented
by having a high number of tests going on at the same time and to
address this issue in upcoming applications, and here are my
thoughts on this:
While I currently have 5 (five) tests open, one of those will
expire by virtue of its LTR being due (May 3rd) before any of the
others get to their FR, so I am thinking it is more like four. This
is especially true as the main body of those LTRs is already done on
my hard drive - lacking only the text of what additional findings may
still come up and a summary (although the headings even for those
are in place already). In fact, I will create a root IR for
the shoes before they are shipped if I'm chosen (including MSRP, how
easy I found the manufacturer's website to navigate, a quote
from the manufacturer's description, and a summary of the test plan
I put into my application). This - if past experience is anything to
judge by - will much reduce the amount of work associated with
creating and uploading the IR on time. And, as I have in the past, I
intend to create root FRs the moment I've uploaded the IRs (and
deleted the corresponding test files from the test folder) ;-)
With four tests running simultaneously until a little while ago (due
to much luck and two items not counting against the newbie limit),
this system which I have evolved has not made feel in any way put
upon to meet my obligations (and I point to what I believe to be a
perfect record in reports uploaded before their due date as
assurance). As I intend to follow this in the future as well (and am
lucky enough to have a job which allows me to do so) I feel
confident that I still have room beyond the tests I have applied to.