Please add my application for review.
Thank You, Gail
APPLICATION: Patagonia Micro Puff Vest
Please review and hopefully accept my application to
test the Patagonia Micro Puff Vest. If I meet all the
criteria for testing and if I'm selected I would test
it thoroughly during the required four month testing
I have read and understood the current requirements in
the Survival Guide Version 0609, and I agree to comply
with all of these requirements as a tester
particularly those stated in Chapter 4 and Chapter 5
as of February 2008. I also have a signed tester
agreement on file.
Name: Gail Staisil
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 140 lb (64 kg)
Chest: 37 in (94 cm)
Location: Marquette, Michigan USA
Date: February 1, 2008
Backpacking Background: For the last 16 years,
backpacking has become a passion. I am a four-season
backpacker and an off-trail navigator. Although I do
take yearly trips to the American West or Southwest,
the majority of my trips are in Michigan and Canada.
My pack weight varies considerably, but my base weight
is under 18 lb (8 kg). I'm primarily a tarp camper,
who averages over 50 nights a year backpacking in a
huge variety of weather conditions including
relentless rain, wet snow and sub-zero temps.
Test Field Locations:
My backpacking schedule for the next four months is
not totally complete but I can say with certainty that
I will at the minimum take at least one three-to-four
day trip per month during the next four months. Trips
will include winter backpacking/sledge trips during
the month of February and March, a four-day bushwhack
trip in April, and a four-day trip in May. Locations
will include areas in the Upper and Lower Peninsula of
Michigan.(I also have a walk-in rustic cabin reserved
for the later part of February.)
Test Field Conditions:
The next four months in the Great Lakes area of
Michigan will produce many wild, windy, rain, sleet
and snow-filled days and nights. The Great Lakes
create their own unique weather system, so I would
expect rapid sudden drops in temperatures and much
The testing conditions will be at low elevation or low
altitude 600 ft (183 m) to 2000 ft (610 m), with
mostly cool conditions and mid range humidity (50-80
Testing location temperatures in Michigan will range
from the average low in February of 14 F(-10 C) to the
average high of 61 F (16 C) in May. These are only
averages and the actual temperatures and wind chill
can often be much lower.
All of these trips will be taken to hilly boreal or
deciduous forest. Many of the trips planned are of the
I'm definitely excited about the possibility of
testing the Patagonia Micro Puff Vest. My body
temperature runs on the cool side so I'm always
looking for an extra bit of warmth. I would anticipate
wearing the vest while backpacking as well as at camp.
The latter quite often would be in tandem with a
sleeping bag as well. Late winter and spring
temperatures are still very cool here, requiring much
more than a base layer. I would wear it with a variety
of layers including a light baselayer, over a light
fleece top and underneath a wind shell or insulated
jacket. Depending on the date of arrival, the vest
would be a additionally worn for skiing and
snowshoeing well into the month of April. If I am
selected to test the Micro Puff Vest, my color
preference would be in the following order:
1st-Cranapple, 2nd-Black. I would require a size
Women's Medium according to Patagonia size charts and
my previous experience with their products.
The variety of my experiences and interests would be a
positive to evaluating the versatility and performance
of the Patagonia Micro Puff Vest.
-Will the shell of the Micro Puff Vest keep me warm
when exposed to high winds, that is will it stop or
lessen the wind from penetrating the fabric?
-Will the vest compress easily and small enough (in
its own interior chest pocket) so that I can stow it
in a waistpack or hydration pack while snowshoeing or
xc skiing? I can envision using it intermediately (on
and off intervals) for those activities as well as
during all winter and spring backpacking trips.
-Will I find the chest pocket's carbiner clip-in loop
useful for alternative storage of the vest?
-How will the vest handle being worn continuously for
the duration of multi-day adventures? - Will I notice
a moisture build-up compromising its effectiveness?
-If the outside of the vest gets wet, will the
moisture penetrate and make it unusable to
keep me warm or will the DWR finish on the shell help
prevent a disaster?
-Will the vest get noticeably wet or will the DWR
finish shed off rain, sleet and snow?
-Will the shell of the vest survive contact with tree
branches during bushwhacking pursuits?
-Will the inside of the vest slide easily over
baselayers so that there isn't any struggle to get the
vest on easily?
-How effective is the non-snag windflap in keeping the
shell's recycled fabric from catching in the front
-Will I find the internal zippered pocket useful to
secure small items? How handy is the mesh drop-in
-How easy is it to open the invisible zippers on the
front pockets - are the zippers easy to grasp with
-How will the recycled materials used in the vest hold
up over time?
-Does the sizing of the "regular-fit" vest fit my body
-Does the vest fit comfortably or without restriction
across the shoulders?
-Will the vest move with me during sustained activity
or will it resist my movement?
-At what temperature will the vest be comfortable at
while I am resting (non-aerobic activity) and at what
temperature/conditions will I find that the vest is
perfect at for aerobic activity?
-Will the vest accommodate different harnesses and
waistbelts without difficulty (Will the vest be
comfortable to wear while wearing gear)?
-Are the handwarmer pockets big enough to be useful?
-Are the handwarmer pockets placed at the appropriate
angles so that I can comfortably place my hands in
-Will the binding on the armhole edges adequately seal
off wind from entering those areas and do they stretch
enough to allow wearing severallayers of clothing
underneath the vest?
-Will the collar "area" be comfortable against my bare
skin in the neck area?
-Are the seams, zippers, pockets and edges finished
off without imperfection?
-Is the manufacturer's weight for the vest correct?
-Does the main zipper on the front of the vest, the
interior pocket zipper and the handwarmer pockets
zippers run smoothly without catching on excess fabric
from the start?
-Will the DWR treatment on the exterior of the vest
last through a few wash cycles or will I notice that
the vest is losing its ability to shed water?
-Does the vest need to be washed in a special manner
(hand or machine) and does it need a special down soap
product? Can it be machine dried?
In addition, I will surely report any other
observations that arise during the four month test
I currently have a test load of four items. Two items
are in the LTR stage. Reports for those will be
submitted in several weeks leaving me with one active
test. An additional item has not yet been received.
Anyway, testing the Patagonia Micro Puff Vest will not
be an issue for my schedule as nothing conflicts with
Regardless, in the immediate past I have tested
multiple products effectively at one time without any
difficulty. I believe I can far exceed the test
requirements and reporting if I am selected to test as
I am out in the field most of the time. My past
reports surely reflect on that. However, with my
careful use of time management at home, my reports are
both detailed and always on time.
Current Tests and Stages (4):
-Yakima Skybox Pro - LTR stage (due March 4)
-GoLite Diablo Down Parka - LTR stage (due March 11)
-Kahtoola MICROspikes - IR complete (FR date not set)
-Integral Designs Penguin Bivy - (selected in October,
not received, item has been delayed several months)
Other Applications Pending: (0)
All of my Completed Tests (26) and Owner Reviews (14)
can be linked at:
Monitor Duties: (1)
-MSR Dragontail Tent
Thank You to Patagonia and BackpackGearTest for
considering and evaluating my application for the
Micro Puff Vest.
**There is a pleasure in the pathless woods** - Lord Byron
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