Granite Gear Packs tester application
- This is my application to test the Granite Gear Packs
Scott Fox, Male, 46 years old, 6' tall, 200 pounds, Chula Vista,
email: petroglyphcanyon@y... August 1, 2002
Backpacking since 1969, countless trips in high country both in
California and Colorado. Experience with external and internal frame
backpacks and rucksacks. Field of operations is usually 10,000 feet
and above. Summer experience in the desert and winter experience
above 13,000 feet including snow caves. Participate in river and flat
water kayaking, backpacking, day trips, ski mountaineering, technical
ice covered routes and climbing. Numerous multi-day trips summer and
winter in all climates. Usually my trips will have some adverse
weather involved including high winds, driving rain and hail and
snow, sometimes all in the same trip.
Now for why I would like to test the Granite Gear Packs This will
be my only pack for the next year , take it every where use it every
trip, regardless of weather. As far as backpacking goes, I will only
be making one multi day trip in September this year and it won't be
that extreme given I just had knee surgery. I will however stuff it
into my kayak for several trips and start putting it through its
paces when the snow falls. I also intend on putting my climbing rope
and rack into it for several approach hikes to the local vertical
rock faces and may use it on a big wall for a one-day adventure if
the opportunity strikes. Next spring when the snow gets a little
harder, this pack will accompany me on at least one high altitude ---
snow excursion ---- assuming that it survives the previous workout.
While my test plan may sound extreme, I have to admit that I value my
gear and pick it with the eye toward durability. Durability should
not be an issue with the Granite Gear Packs anymore than the other
packs that I have put through the same treatment. I don't have any
reason to think that I am asking too much.
I did not apply to test the Granite Gear Packs pack in that it didn't
seem to have the needed capacity or fit into my idea of how to
suspend a pack. Now that I have read some of the reviews I am
starting to think it may have been a mistake.
Backpack Gear Test Member since September 2001 all reports submitted
on time, without need for changes.
****ALL PREVIOUS REPORTS UPDATED TO CURRENT STANDARDS***
PRIOR TEST SERIES
Maptech Terrain Navigator
I HAVE POSTED THE FOLLOWING OWNER REVIEWS:
MSR Whisperlight International Owner Review
MSR Mini Works Owner Review
MONITOR -- Red Ledge Voyager rain gear test series.
Final considerations: I don't apply for many of the tests, in that I
have parallel gear or the gear does not meet my needs. My definition
of backpacking and climbing is narrow and fairly extreme. I don't do
a lot of car-camping, desert or moist country. Granite Gear Packs
fits my definition of gear that fits my style of backpacking. . I can
promise a thorough review of all its intended and advertised
capabilities. Finally a review of my prior reports will confirm that
I am normally able to write in English.
I have read, understood and will comply with the reporting
Thank you, Scott