Please accept my application to test the Helly Hansen Flow Jacket-Women's Version.
I have read the BGT By-Laws (v.0609) including Chapter 5 and will comply with all of the reporting terms and requirements. My signed tester agreement is on file. I will have no difficulty meeting the expected use requirements.
Name: Frances Penn
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 135 lb (61kg)
Email Address: fpenn AT sbcglobal DOT net
Location: Costa Mesa, California, USA
Date: Mar 19, 2013
Backpacking background: I have been backpacking for five years mostly on long weekends in Southern California with one or two 5-day trips per year in the Sierras. My total daypack weight is usually 15 lb (7 kg) and my total backpack weight is usually 28-30 lb (13-14 kg). I am a tent camper and have experienced all night rain, heavy winds, camping in snow, but mostly fair weather.
Test plan: I usually wear a fleece and then a down or synthetic jacket on my backpack trips. Since this is a fleece with an outer poly shell, I will see if I can use this one jacket to replace two jackets. I have many backpacking trips planned and will easily exceed the minimum requirements for testing.
I will test the following features:
1. Warmth vs. weight
2. Breathability and moisture buildup with the 2 layers
3. Does the 2 layered jacket feel too bulky with the pack on and off and in the sleeping bag
4.. Are the pockets user friendly and easy to access
5. Can this jacket replace 2 jackets and is the weight reduced by this replacement
6. Do the two layers block the wind
In the first part of the test I should be able to see some cold 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: (Trips already planned)
April: one backpack trip
May: two backpack trips
June: 2 backpack trips
July: two 5-day backpack trips
My tester status link: http://teststatus.backpackgeartest.org/T1905.htm
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