Please accept my application to test the Obermeyer Kestral Jacket. I have read and understand the entire BackpackGearTest.org Bylaws v0609 including Chapter 5. I agree to comply with all requirements. My signed tester agreement is on file.
Name: Alex Legg
Height: 6'4" (1.9 m)
Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Email address: alexlegg2 AT yahoo DOT com
City, State, Country: Tucson, Arizona, USA
I grew up backpacking in the Rockies. I hike ranges throughout Arizona and Colorado year round. I carry a light pack, mostly water. I prefer a tarp shelter to my heavier 2-person tent. I do many day hikes and I also spend as many as 5 days out at a time. Temperatures range from below freezing to above 100 F (38 C), and elevations from 2,000 ft to 14,000 ft ( 610 m to 4, 300 m). I bag a mountain almost every weekend, and I walk my dogs 4 miles daily through deep sand and overgrown mesquite trees in our local washes.
I plan on testing the Kestral Jacket on numerous trips to the White Mountains of northern Arizona as well as on many backpacking trips high in the Sky Islands around Tucson. I tend to race from the city as soon as the mountains show signs of winter. I will experience temperatures below freezing on multiple overnight trips. I expect to see rain, sleet and snow in elevations from 8,000 ft to 10,000 ft. I also plan to test the jacket on some ski trips in Arizona and Colorado. Throughout the testing period I will be reporting on the comfort and durability as well as moisture and cold resistance. I am curious to see how quickly I can warm up in the early mornings and after long breaks on the trail. I wonder if the jacket can remain waterproof after experiencing heavy rain fall and snow. This jacket looks like fun. It boasts a lot of pockets and accessories that I look forward to reporting on.
Current test load: Suisse Sport Mammoth Tent (FR stage), Suisse Sport K2 Sleeping Bag (FR stage). Gerber Instant Knife (FR stage), 180 Tack Stove (IR stage)
Tester status page: http://teststatus.backpackgeartest.org/T1896.htm
Owner Reviews in past year: 10
Link to reviews/tests: http://www.backpackgeartest.org/tester_reviews/alexlegg
Outstanding applications: Chaco Tedinho Boots
Additional BGT roles: None at this time.
Thank you for the consideration!