Thanks for calling this test. I am also applying for the Helly Hansen Flow, which is my first choice, but I will be happy if selected for this jacket instead.
I have read the test requirements stated in BGT tester bylaws, v. 0609, and I promise to comply with them to the best of my abilities. My test agreement has been submitted and is on file.
2. MY BRIEF BIO
Name - Derek Hansen
Age - 36
Gender - Male
Height - 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Weight - 170 lb (77 kg)
Electronic Address - derek?dot"hansen\at[mac|daught}com
Location - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
I am a lightweight backpacker with a 3-season overnight pack weight of 15 lb (7 kg) and a multi-day weight of 20 lb (9 kg). My current backpacking style is to carry a simple hammock and go light and fast. I prefer simple, multi-use gear that I can rely on in a variety of conditions.
3. BRIEF TEST PLAN & CONDITIONS
When most people think of Arizona, they picture palm trees and a dry, warm climate. Flagstaff, in contrast, is a cold, wet place--markedly different than southern Arizona. Flagstaff is situated on the edge of the Colorado Plateau, surrounded by pine trees and aspen, and boasts more than 100 inches (254+ cm) of snowfall each year. At 7,000 ft (2,100 m) elevation, Flagstaff gets a wide-range of conditions, including summer monsoons, wind, and moderate summer temperatures.
I have monthly backpacking and camping trips planned with a Boy Scout troop I work with. Outside of scouting, I often get out on one or more overnight trips each month along with multiple day hikes or camps with my family.
This jacket will be used during my planned week-long, 50-mile backpacking trip with the scouts, along with our monthly backpacking trips in between. Our rainy season starts to kick into gear in July, but we do see snow and rain showers in April and May.
4. CURRENT LOAD AND TEST STATUS PAGE
Report Postings: 10 @ -1
Report Uploads: 10 @ -1
Wolverine Boots - LTR due 5/14
5. OWNER REVIEWS
I have completed four (4) owner reviews in the past 12 months.
6. OUTSTANDING APPLICATIONS
Helly Hansen Flow Jacket
7. ADDITIONAL BGT ROLES
I am a test monitor and editor.
I am also working on the BGT web development team to design and deploy the new BackpackGearTest website. This is an on-again, off-again project. Mostly off.