Fw: [BackpackGearTest] Fw: Hennessy Gear Test
- ----- Original Message -----From: Gear TesterSent: Thursday, October 26, 2000 9:57 PMSubject: [BackpackGearTest] Fw: Hennessy Gear Test> >From: "Tom Hennessy" <hennessyhammock@...>
> >To: Jerry Goller <jerrygoller@...>
> >Subject: Hennessy Hammock test
> >Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2000 20:00:09 -0800
> >Jerry - we're having trouble posting our message to backpackgear...etc.
> >I really would appreciate it if Jerry Goller would handle the gear test.
> >I would like testers' help in accomplishing two goals with this test
> >first is to introduce my new UltraLight Backpacker hammock. I am very
> >interested in the observations and impressions of this new hammock from
> >people I had in mind when I designed it, backpackers like you interested
> >increasing comfort and reducing pack weight.
> >The second thing I'd like to accomplish is to field test a belief I have
> >that hammocks can be used in comfort at much lower temperatures than is
> >generally believed. I have been experimenting with different heat
> >reflectors such as polyester space blankets, auto windshield
> >pads availlable at auto supply stores, and combinations to find the
> >simplest, best, cheapest solution. Recently, Jerry and I have both been
> >working with a new space blanket material called Thermo-lite. There is
> >a Thermolite bivy sack available. The blanket can be ordered from
> >item #89034) and the bivy can be ordered from either Campmor (item
> >or REI (item # 660707). I do not manufacture these items or I would
> >them for testing. I know Jerry has been working on a new bivy sleep
> >for a few weeks. I am focusing on a top venting design with adjustable
> >reflector coverage. The blanket requires a minimal amount of sewing. The
> >bivy is a slightly more involved project but I am sure Jerry, would be
> >to provide instructions and help. I think the people on this list will be
> >interested in these items anyway. I'd like to know what your testers
> >of these materials. The testers should feel free to come up with as many
> >other approaches as they can for solving the problem of staying
> >in cooler weather.
> > I will provide the hammocks for testing. The testers will be required
> >provide some additional gear required for cold weather use.. The
> >gear required for the described methods costs $10 or $20. Any other
> >tried should involve minimal cost to the end user.
> >If the testers on this list are interested in testing under these
> >requirements I would be happy to go forward with this series. Please
> >your bio and qualifications to this list and I will review them there.
> >Include that you understand that you are responsible for any additional
> >materials, above the hammock, required to satisfy the winter requirements
> >the test and will test within 3 weeks of receipt of the hammock. I must
> >receive the results and be able to use the information in time for the
> >Outdoor Retailers show in January, 2001.
> > This information would also be considered for production and future
> >testing of a special sleeping
> >bag which would be designed specifically for use with the Hennessy
> >and which would incorporate all the best of this research.
> >It would also be great to have some photos of Hennessy Hammocks used in
> >snowy conditions for possible use at the winter OR show in SLC.
> >The testers should feel free to try any other material or strategies for
> >using my hammocks in cold weather as long as they thoroughly document
> >methods and materials.
> >Thank you for your help,
> >Tom Hennessy
> >Hennessy Hammocks