APPLICATION Six Moon Designs Moonlite Pack
- Six Moon Designs Moonlite Pack
April 7, 2003
I am submitting this application to test the Six Moon Designs Moonlite Pack.
Please excuse any Yahooisms! Thank you for your consideration.
ljo AT midmaine dot com
41 years old
5'7" (1.7 M)
150 lbs. (68 kg)
My camping, hiking and backpacking experience has included trips varying in
length from one day hikes, to 2-week trips. My experience hiking began with
my father, when I was about 6 years old. We hiked along the river pathways
in Northeastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.
During warm weather, I backpack, geocache and camp with friends and
family. During the winter months, I take advantage of living in Maine-
learning to snowshoe, cross-country skiing, ice fishing and backpacking.
Although my backpacking style would not be considered lightweight, I am
trying to `lighten up'.
In the early spring, I would test this pack while on day hikes, both on foot
and snow shoeing. The size appears appropriate for carrying extra clothes,
food, water, a book or two, GPS and camera. While hiking with my scout
groups, I also need to pack emergency information, first-aid kit, etc.
During the summer, I would test the pack on longer hikes, and need to
include more food, and less clothing. I have hikes planned in the White
Mountains and in northern Vermont over the summer. I will also be camping
and backpacking in Northern Maine this summer. The pack would accompany
me on all trips. Most hikes are below the 3000 foot ( 914m) level. Our spring
and summer temperatures range from lows of 32 F (0C) to highs of 90 F
(32C), with moderate rain fall.
In looking at the Six Moon Designs web site, I am very intrigued by the claim
that the pack is only 13 ounces (368 grams) without the harness, yet has a
capacity of 4000 cu. in. (65.5 liters). This would allow me to carry all my
'neccessities' , for either a cool weather day hike, or a warm weather
overnight trip. The High Strength Spectra fabric would hopefully hold up well
to frequent use. Another design component that interests me is the DriGlide
Back Panel. It is designed to alieviate friction and provide moisture wicking. I
am for anything that makes carrying the pack more comfortable.
In testing this pack, I would look at manufactuers claims. How well the pack
holds up to frequent use, how easy it is to pack items and how comfortable it
is to carry. As our weather warms, I would be very interested as to whether
the pack causes excessive perspiration on my back. I would use my Therm-a-
Rest with the Six Moon Designs Pack, utilizing the seperate pad case.
Another area I would look at is the claim that storing a hydration system within
the pack . There doesn't appear to be an area for a water bladder that is
seperated from the other contents of the pack. This could be a potential
problem, in regards to items puncturing the bladder, condensation, etc.
I have read the latest version of the survival guide on 4/7/03, and agree
to comply with it.
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