Please accept my application to test the Montbell Highland 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)
Shoe Size: 13 Mens
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.
This jacket is the perfect addition to my lightweight backpacking gear. I am surprised that a down jacket can pack down as small and as lightweight as Montbell claims. I have been very impressed with Montbell's products in the past, so I look forward to finding out how this jacket holds up to the test. I think that I could stop carrying heavy fleece or multiple base layers on my overnight trips while using this jacket. I foresee numerous outings in the Sky Island mountain ranges around Tucson this winter. Elevations will be above 8,000 ft and weather will be unpredictable. Often temperatures will get below freezing. I will also be spending some time in Colorado where temperatures will be cold and snowy regularly. The weight of this jacket makes it a great choice for those trips when I am not sure how quickly and severely the weather may change. It seems like I could just pull it out and throw it on whenever I needed it, all while not really noticing that I have been carrying it in my bag.
Current test load: Suisse Sport Mammoth Tent (LTR stage), Suisse Sport K2 Sleeping Bag (LTR stage). Gerber Instant Knife (FR stage), Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Day Bag (Awaiting delivery).
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: Mountainsmith Trekking Poles
Additional BGT roles: None at this time.
Thank you for the consideration!