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  • Leesa Joiner
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2003
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      > From: Leesa Joiner <ljo@...>
      > Date: Fri Sep 26, 2003 1:57:55 PM US/Eastern
      > To: backpackgeartest@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [BackpackGearTest] Dolomitti Jacket Application
      > Reply-To: BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com
      > Integral Designs Dolomitti Jacket Application
      > September 26, 2003
      > I am submitting this application for the Dolomitti Jacket. I have read
      > the latest version of the Survival Guide (9/20/03) and my signed
      > Tester Agreement has been received. Thank you for your consideration.
      > Personal Information:
      > Leesa Joiner
      > ljoATmidmaine(dot)com
      > Southwestern Maine
      > 41 years old
      > Female
      > 5'7" (1.7 M)
      > 150 lbs. (68 kg)
      > Color, Size and Style preference:  
      > First Choice: Cobalt, Large with zip-off hood
      > Second Choice: Black, Large with zip-off hood
      > (to be worn over outerwear)
      > Background:
      > 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 cold weather, I backpack, hike, snow shoe, cross-country ski, go
      > ice fishing and winter camp with friends and family. Although I am not
      > an lightweight backpacker, I am trying to ‘lighten up’ and even have
      > converted to using a hammock while camping.
      > Test Plan:
      > During the test period, I will be participating in numerous
      > backpacking, hiking, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing trips. The
      > trips will range from single day to four day trips. All will be in
      > Western Maine, and northern New Hampshire and Vermont. After the first
      > of the year, ice fishing season begins, and I will spend many
      > weekends, walking on frozen lakes, checking fish traps with my
      > children.
      > Over the next 6 months our weather conditions will range from the
      > current day temperatures of 60-70 F to -20 F (16-21 C to -29 C) with
      > rain and snow. Most of my outings are done at elevations below 3000 ft.
      > (914 M) on various types of terrain. Hikes in this part of Maine
      > include some rocky climbing.
      > How would I actually test this Jacket? Primarily, it will serve as
      > an outer layer; one that is easy to take off or put on as needed.
      > Weather conditions change frequently during the winter here in Maine.
      > One use would be to wear it in the early morning when out snow shoeing,
      > once I warmed up, I could stow it in my pack until I either stopped for
      > a break, or the weather turned cooler. Many times, while out hiking,
      > snow shoeing, cross-country skiing or ice fishing with kids, there is a
      > lot of time spent standing around, either waiting for someone to catch
      > up, or to finish whatever the activity is. While waiting, I tend to
      > cool down too much, then it is difficult to warm back up. Wearing this
      > jacket as an easily removable layer, may allow for less perspiration,
      > thus leading to less cooling to uncomfortable levels.
      > As with most items, the jacket would be tested looking at comfort,
      > durability and usability. Obviously, if it doesn’t fit comfortably,
      > it won’t get worn much. I would want a jacket that allows free
      > movement without restrictions. Also important is comfortable cuffs,
      > which according to the website are provided for with ‘Snug fitting
      > Spandura cuffs’. The reinforced shoulders and elbows may help with
      > wear and tear on the fabric. The shock cord and toggle bottom hem
      > adjustment should help keep the cold wind from entering the jacket and
      > lowering body temperature. I am curious to find out how well it blocks
      > the wind and sheds water. If the jacket performs as advertised, it
      > could be a great cool to cold weather jacket. One other aspect I would
      > look at is the different types of situations I could use the jacket in.
      > How versatile is it?
      > I plan on sleeping in my hammock throughout as much of the winter as
      > possible. The Dolmitti Jacket will also be tested as a ‘sleep’ jacket.
      > I am curious as to the companies claim that it can be used in
      > conjunction with a primaliner and bivy as part of a light weight sleep
      > system. My plan would be to sleep in my Hennessy Hammock, using a
      > Bibler Winter Bivy, my 0 degree sleeping bag, while dressed in my
      > regular camping nightwear. I would add the Jacket to find out how well
      > it holds the warmth in while I sleep. The insulation, 5 oz Primaloft
      > Sport with 1” loft sounds less than what I would expect to use on very
      > cold outings. I am curious to see how it holds up.
      > If given the opportunity to test this jacket, I would wear it in
      > varying weather conditions, while doing the above mentioned activities.
      > My reports would include information on how well the materials hold
      > up, any issues with comfort, both positive and negative and ranges of
      > weather and activities that the jacket was worn in, along with the
      > results.
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