LATE APPLICATION - Granite Gear Packs.
- I am hoping you will consider this late application to test one of the
Granite Gear Packs. I would *really* like to do this test and I think it
would be a unique opportunity to use the pack for exactly the sort of
application it appears to be designed for.
I have only recently become eligible for testing and when I read the
original call for testers I assumed that the date referred to, August 5th,
was the cut off point for applications. I did not see the post giving the
final date as July 30th until today. I appreciate that this is my error but
hope you will consider my application.
If chosen my preferences would be in the following order: 1/ Nimbus Ozone
4000. 2/ Vapor Trail 3500.
My back length is 20 1/2 "and my waist measurement is 34".
NAME Graham Blamey
HEIGHT 6'0" / 1.82 m
WEIGHT 165 lb / 75 kg
EMAIL ADDRESS gg@...
COUNTY & COUNTRY Essex, S.E. UK
BACKPACKING BACKGROUND I first went camping at about age twelve and have
been camping on and off ever since.
Started serious walking about twenty years ago and backpacking a few years
later. Have backpacked, with my wife Ginny, mainly in the UK and Europe.
We have spent three weeks of each year for the last five years backpacking
the GR11, a long distance trail that follows the spine of the French/Spanish
FIELD INFORMATION I would propose to test either the Nimbus Ozone or the
Vapor Trail pack, firstly on an upcoming trip to the Spanish Pyrenees in
September and there after on weekend and three to four day backpacks in the
UK. The area of the Pyrenees this year is just east of the central high
peaks and we will be walking east for three weeks finishing in Andorra. Our
route will keep to the Spanish side of the main crest. The area consists of
pasture-land in the N / S running valleys, wooded slopes at higher
elevations and typical daily assents of 3000 ft / 914 m to gain the higher,
barren, rocky passes. At one point we cross the highest pass on the GR11
trail at 9045 ft / 2757 m (the highest peak in the Pyrenees is Aneto at 3404
m / 11167 ft ) we will be wild camping throughout, frequently above 6561 ft
/ 2000 m.
Typical weather conditions in the area are, to say the least, unpredictable.
September is usually quite stable and in the past we have had clear blue
skies, warm to hot days and frosty nights at altitude. Late afternoon
storms can brew up very quickly and last through the night and 3 - 4 " /
75 - 100 mm of snow over-night is possible. Weather in the area this year
has been unusual, with contacts reporting heavy snow in mid-July.
At the moment for multi-day trips I use a ten year old 4000 cu.in. / 65
liter Vango Pumori internal frame rucksack with full harness system. This
weighs 4.4 lb / 2 kg. I have moulded and shaped the rucksack to my slightly
curved back shape in an effort to reduce lower back problems, which I can
sometimes get. Having reduced weight in most other areas and looking to
reduce even more, I am not convinced that unframed backpacks like Golite's
would be suitable for my current style. A typical load for this current
multi-day trip will be around 30 lb / 14 kg excluding renewable food and
water. I think that the kit I will be using is as light as the conditions
and safety considerations permit. Having read the manufacturer's
descriptions and seen pictures of both rucksacks I think these packs fill a
niche between traditional and ultralight pack designs. It will also be a
unique opportunity to field test a piece of American equipment and useful, I
think, to the manufacturers, to assess how their equipment might suit
European conditions and markets.
In applying to test this pack I acknowledge that the manufacturer may not be
willing to ship to the UK. It would be necessary for me to receive the pack
by about 28th August.
I have read a copy of the BackpackGearTest Survival Guide v.0702.2 and agree
to comply with the requirements.
Thank you for considering this application.
- Sorry Graham,
The selections were made on Tuesday and the tester addresses were sent to
Granite Gear on Friday.
> I am hoping you will consider this late application to test one of the
> Granite Gear Packs. I would *really* like to do this test and I think it
> would be a unique opportunity to use the pack for exactly the sort of
> application it appears to be designed for.