APPLICATION: Granite Gear Ruff Rider Dog Pack
- APPLICATION: Granite Gear Ruff Rider Dog Pack
Please accept my application to test the Granite Gear Rough Rider Dog
Pack. I have read Chapter Five of the BackpackGearTest Survival Guide,
version 1202, and I understand and will comply with all requirements.
Tester: Dawn Harkins, age 47, female, 5 feet 3 inches (160 cm), 187
pounds (85 kg).
Email Address: dawnhark "at" yahoo "dot" com
Location: Lake Tahoe, Northern California, USA
Backpacking Background: I began backpacking in 1973, but spent the
eighties and nineties mostly car camping and day hiking. I now
backpack regularly. Most of my hiking is done in the High Sierra in
areas within a day's drive of Tahoe. Other places I've hiked include
many of the western states, British Columbia, and Alaska.
Real Tester: Jesse, male, aka Jesse James Bond and Pooper
Age: 8 years
Weight: 80 pounds
Ingredients: Half Golden Retriever, half Husky
Appearance: Looks like a Bernese Mountain Dog if you squint
Experience: Has been my trail companion for the past eight years;
tends to cover roughly ten times the mileage I do on any given hike
Location: The Sierra Nevada of Northern California at elevations of
5,000 to 11,000 feet (1,500 to 3,300 meters), more or less. The
terrain in this area is mountainous, with granite peaks and ridges,
alpine lakes, canyons, talus slopes, and meadows. Forests are
predominantly pine and fir. This is a semi-arid region.
Weather Conditions: The weather here, in the spring, summer, and fall,
is generally dry and sunny, and often windy, with temperatures ranging
from about 25 F (-4 C) to 85 F (29 C). In the summer, short afternoon
thundershowers are common, though in recent years they have appeared
less frequently. Winter weather includes heavy snow, with temperatures
usually ranging from 10 F (-12 C) to 50 F (10 C). [Note: Temperatures
cited are those most commonly encountered by this tester; actual
Backpacking Style: I average a couple of two- to three-day backpack
trips per month. I'm replacing my older, heavier gear with lighter
weight versions. When I do use a shelter, most often it is a tarp. I
day-hike several times per week.
I usually hike solo, taking my time; typical daily mileage for me is
anywhere from two to ten miles (3 to 16 km), sometimes more. I like to
explore off-trail, and to hike without a plan, and I sometimes find
myself still on the trail after dark. My dog Jesse always comes with me.
Granite Gear Ruff Rider Dog Pack Test Proposal
Jesse and I get out on the trail anywhere from two to six days per
week for short walks, day-long hikes, and backpacking. Jesse has never
worn a pack, but he has worn hunting vests and adapted to them with no
trouble. Indeed, he seems quite proud of himself when "dressed up,"
and I suspect he'll also enjoy wearing a pack.
I plan to keep his pack weight below eight pounds or so; he's an
enormously active dog who loves to jump, and I don't want to cause
undue strain to any of his joints, which are in good condition. Given
his propensity to leap into any available water, I'll have ample
opportunity to see how well the Ruff Rider repels and/or drains water.
Jesse loves to explore off-trail, too, so a big part of the test will
be to see how well the pack sticks with him.
Jesse and I will also be looking at how well the pack rides, how easy
it is to use, how durable it is, and how comfortable it is for him.
If selected for this test, I'll need a bit of advice on whether to go
with the Medium or the Large size (he's right at the cut-off between
the two). I would prefer a smaller volume pack, but only if the straps
are fully adjustable. As to color, Jesse says the Maple sounds tasty.
Recently Completed Tests:
Moonbow Gearskin Pack
GoLite Hex 2 Shelter
NEOS Navigator 5 Overshoes
Black Diamond Contour Trekking Poles
Adventure Medical Emergency Bivvy and Extremity Warmers
Previously Written Reports and Reviews:
Black Diamond Moonlight Headlamp Test Series, August 2002
Birdiepal Junior Umbrella Test Series, August 2002
Duray Socks Test Series, Winter 2002
L.L.Bean Windshirt, Owner Review, January 2003
Therm-A-Rest Lite 25 Easy Chair, Owner Review, November 2002
Ultimate Gemini Torso Pack, Owner Review, March 2002
32north Stabilicers, Owner Review, December 2001
Lowa Tempest Mid Boots, Owner Review, December 2001
Currently Serving as Monitor For:
Brasslite Solo Stove
Adventure Medical .9 First Aid Kit
Beta tests have included a stove, snowshoes, and snow traction
devices; I am not currently beta testing anything.
Thank you for considering my application.