Application to test the HSSC Fluid Pack
- Application to test the HSSC Fluid Pack
Personal biographical information:
Name: Josh Dunning
Locale: Northern Connecticut
I've been spending as much time outdoors as possible for as long as I
can remember. I tend to gravitate towards all manner of outdoor
recreation with hiking, camping, backpacking, kayaking, and mountain biking
topping off the list. I've been camping all my life, summer vacation, as
a kid, was a week's worth of camping at the beach. Friends of my
parents used to take us hiking in the mountains with an occasional
overnight trip. Since then I've been hooked. The spring has recharged my
desire to be outside, and several trips have already entered the planning
stages. I just recently bought a puppy as well, and, barring any
catastrophes she'll be here the 9th. There's nothing finer than hiking with
mans best friend!
New England terrain includes mountains up to 6,000 feet, as well as the
subsequent valleys. Weather conditions include heat, sometimes hitting
triple digits, cold back down to freezing in some parts. I've got some day
hikes planned in the hills of West Suffield, along the Metacomet Trail.
Several overnights are also planned a little farther north, and hopefully a
long weekend of paddling and camping to round out the spring. Many afternoon
hikes are in order, now they're a requirement, a dog with too much energy is
a destructive dog!
Former heavyweight striving to go lightweight... Or Light-er weight! I like
the ability to go light and fast, but then again, I like my gadgets and I
like to be comfortable. It's always a struggle...
If chosen for this test I would use the Fluid pack on most all short hikes.
As I mentioned, I'll be taking my pup for daily walks and I'll need a pack
for things like snacks for me, snacks for her, water, and various other odds
and ends. A hydration pack is the perfect answer. I'll be able to hold
enough water for the both of us, with room for whatever else I need to
I've also been using a hydro pack for a few years during my mountain bike
rides. They're great to have because there's no need to bring bottles that
are easy to loose, get gunked up with mud and muck, and generally don't hold
enough anyway. I've been caught unprepared the last couple rides due to a
flat and mechanical failure with no tools. Unfortunately my current hydro
pack only holds the water bladder, no room for anything else.
I like the idea of the insulated hose, to keep my cold water cold. I like
the AirFlow back panel and straps to keep you cool. I also like the idea of
a small-ish pack sporting the waist and sternum straps for stability. My
test plan would be to thoroughly put these features to the test.
Another feature of the hydro packs that sometimes gets overlooked is the
bladder. Will it be easy to clean? Will it have a plasticy taste or smell?
Will it be easy to dry? These are important if you don't want mold growing
in there! Although, the more I read, the less I'm sure that the bladder
comes with the pack. This will be important to the test. It does state that
the bite valve is there, so I'm assuming the bladder is too. More on this if
I'm chosen to test!
Previously written reports:
Swiss Army ( http://tinyurl.com/934f )
Primus Alpine ( http://tinyurl.com/934h )
I HAVE READ THE BGT SURVIVAL GUIDE v. 1202 ON 5/2/03 AND WILL COMPLY WITH
THE REPORT REQUIREMENTS OF CHAPTER 5.
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Thank you for this opportunity.