Please consider my application to test the Helly Hansen H2 Flow Jacket. I have read the BackpackGearTest.org By-Laws (v. 0609) particularly Chapters 4, 5 and 6 and I agree to abide by all rules and requirements. My signed Tester Agreement is on file.
· Nancy Griffith
· 5’6” (1.68 m)
· 130 lb (59 kg)
· bkpkrgirlATyahooDOT com
· Northern California, USA
My outdoor experience began in high school with involvement in a local canoeing/camping group called Canoe Trails. The culmination was a 10-day canoe voyage through the Quebec wilds. I've been backpacking since my college days in Pennsylvania. I have completed all of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. My typical trip now is in the Sierra Nevada in California and is from a few days to a week long. I carry a light to mid-weight load, use a tent, stove and trekking poles.
Test plan or strategy:
I am intrigued by the design of this jacket. Do the holes in the fleece really work to breathe well and yet insulate? I also like the idea of an insulating layer that is water resistant. I typically wear a light down insulating layer and a waterproof shell. This jacket could replace those in some circumstances and be more comfortable. In the first part of the test I should be able to see some cold and wet weather. As summer hits it will be too warm during the day for a jacket but I always wear one in the evenings in camp.
Test Conditions: (Firm Plans)
Late Winter (i.e. SOON) Overnight snowshoe backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada (California): 7,000 – 8,500 ft (2,134 to 2,591 m); 20 to 60 F (-7 to 15 C); hopefully clear conditions
Spring: 3-days at Pinnacles National Park (California): 1,260 to 2,100 ft (384 to 640 m) elevation; 28 to 70 F (-2 to 21 C). There is no backcountry camping allowed so we’ll dayhike and car camp. OR 3-days at Henry Coe State Park at similar conditions but with backcountry camping.
Day Snowshoeing: Sierra Nevada, 4,000 to 8,000 ft (1,200 – 2,400 m); 20 to 60 F (-7 to 15 C).
We backpack at least once per month and day hike most other weekends.
I have written 6 OR's in the past year for brownie points.
My reviews can be viewed at: http://www.backpackgeartest.org/tester_reviews/ngriffith
My current tests are:
Honey Stinger Organic Gels: In LTR Stage
GSI Pack Kitchen: IR submitted
Labor of Love: Test Director, Monitor
I have no other applications pending.
Thank you for considering my application.
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