Application OR Women's Paradox Jacket - Jennifer Pope
Please accept my application to test the OR Women's Paradox jacket. I
have read the Bylaws version 0609 and agree to comply with the rules
and guidelines it lays out. I will also make sure to get the required
number of nights out; although this jacket will get much more use than
that since it lends itself to everyday use. I would require a size
medium for this jacket. I would prefer the jacket in coffee but the
other two colors are nice as well.
Name: Jennifer Pope
Age: 25 (for 16 more days)
Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m)
Weight: 145 lb (64 kg)
Girth: 42" (107 cm)
Chest: 32" (81 cm)
Waist: 31" (79 cm)
Hips: 39" (99 cm)
Email address: Jennifer dot Pope at gmail dot com
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Intermediate. I've been a car-camper as long as I can remember and
started backpacking in Northern California when I was 16. I've been
backpacking for about 2 years after a hiatus during college. I
backpack in the Sierras as well as other National Forests and Parks in
the Los Angeles vicinity. I also spend time in the California deserts
and the mountains and coast of Northern California. I'm a tent camper
leaning towards lightweight; but I'm also a fan of gadgets and I like
being comfortable. I also frequently day hike close to home and while
Overnight trips (either backpacking or camping) will take me to three
major areas of Southern California.
1. I will visit the lower elevations in the mountains surrounding
southern California. This area is forested and below snow-level in
the winter. Temperatures should top out in the 70s F (20 C) on a warm
day and should cool to the 30s F (0 C) at night.
2. I will visit the southern California Coastal area. I may visit
exposed coastal areas or low-elevation forested areas. The weather
should be mild with temperatures ranging from 40 to 75 F (10 to 25 C).
3. Lastly, I will visit the desert in southern California.
Temperatures should range from 30 to 75 F (0 to 25 C). The terrain is
rocky and exposed.
Overnight trips usually average one/month with two nights out per
trip. This would accrue four nights in the Field and Long-term test
phase. The exception to this might be December where holidays make it
difficult to get away. If I'm coming up short on nights out for a
test period I'll squeeze in two weekends in one month to make up for
it. My husband and I are going to use testing as an excuse to get out.
Day trips will take me to two major areas of California.
1. I will visit the Santa Monica Mountains for numerous day hikes as
well possible bike rides in Los Angeles and general, every day wear.
Elevations are up to 3,000 ft (900 m) and temperatures should range
between 50 and 80 F (10 and 25 C). Some of the terrain is exposed and
some provides tree-cover. Conditions could be wet and muddy or dry.
Contrary to popular belief it does rain in Los Angeles.
2. I will also visit San Diego. The conditions should be fairly
similar to those listed immediately above, though the elevations
likely won't be as high. It does rain in San Diego too. My in-laws
also have a sail boat (which doesn't hibernate in the winter) so I may
be out on the water and exposed to the elements and wind over the test
3. I will also visit Northern California over the winter holidays.
This would likely be my primary jacket on this trip. Snow is possible
but not likely; rain is fairly certain. Temperatures can get a little
colder possibly reaching the 30s or 40s (0 to 5 C). This will likely
be for casual wear only, but will allow me to report on how well the
jacket does in cooler temperatures. There's a recently discovered
waterfall I'd really like to see up north so I may get in one day hike.
Other day trips in other areas are also possible. I usually make one
day trip in addition to my overnight trips each month. I understand
that some of the activities I list above are not true "field tests"
and will only be used to supplement backpacking, hiking and camping
tests. Obviously a jacket can be worn in a wide variety of activities
and I plan on wearing the jacket most days over the test period.
I really like the looks of this jacket. As a female and a
price-conscious consumer this is important to me. If an item can do
double-duty and work in the outdoors and in my everyday life it makes
me happy. As far as jackets go this is pretty darned cheap too. This
is the type of jacket I would be interested in purchasing.
What's the fit of the jacket like? My hips are 1" (2.5 cm) larger
than the medium size lists; does the jacket still fit ok? Am I going
to regret not getting the large? I prefer a more athletic fit but is
the jacket just too tight? Are the sleeves long enough? Do they
leave my wrists exposed at all? Do I have enough freedom of movement
in the jacket?
How well does the zipper work? Does it snag on the jacket? Do the
hook and loop tabs on the sleeves provide enough adjustment points?
Can I fit gloves under the sleeves? How well do the drawcords adjust
the bottom of the jacket? Do I need to use these? Do the pockets
have zippered closures? They are lined, which is a big plus for me.
Do the pockets adequately keep my hands warm? Does the collar keep
drafts off my neck or is it too short to provide any real protection?
Can I comfortably zip the jacket up to the very top or does it jab me
in the neck? Does the bottom of the jacket cover my tush at all?
How well does the jacket pack? If I get warm while hiking can I
easily stuff it in my pack or strap it to the outside? Is it bulky
when packed? Does it get wrinkly if it get stuffed down in my pack?
Does it get dirty easily? If I get my first color choice (brown) I
imagine dirt won't show up as much; is that true? If it does get
dirty can I brush it off? What are the washing instructions? I hope
it's machine washable. If I need to wash the jacket, does it come out
looking as good as new? Do the straps of my pack rub the jacket and
cause any wear and tear? Is the craftsmanship good on arrival and
after testing has taken place? Do any seams come loose?
I will also report on anything else that comes up during the test period.
The Injinji socks are my only outstanding test. That test will be
ending soon, probably soon after I would receive this jacket.
I have submitted applications for the Valandre Classic bag and for
both of the DeFeet sock calls. I could easily manage completing all
these tests simultaneously.
I am a test monitor, mentor and the mentor coordinator.
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