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  • Leesa Joiner
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2003
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      > From: Leesa Joiner <ljo@...>
      > Date: Mon Sep 29, 2003 1:21:33 PM US/Eastern
      > To: backpackgeartest@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [BackpackGearTest] Application: Sox and Mitts
      > Reply-To: BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com
      > Integral Designs Hot Sox and Down Mitts
      > September 29, 2003
      > I am submitting this application for the Hot Sox and Down Mitts. 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 and Size preference:  
      > Cobalt or Black- Size Large Hot Sox
      > Blue or Black- Size Medium Mitts
      > 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 Conditions:
      > 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. I have
      > scheduled at least one weekend campout scheduled per month from
      > September through March. Also planned is a 4 day winter backpacking
      > trip in December.
      > 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.
      > Test Plan for the Down Mitts:
      > These Mitts would get a great workout while I am in camp! When out
      > with my Scouts, I spend a lot of time waiting for them to get ready or
      > finish up with some activity. I’d slide the Mitts on and sip another
      > cup of coffee! They would also be great for warming up after drying
      > wet hands. I snow shoe and cross-country ski, and seem to get my hands
      > wet while adjusting bindings, etc. I also spend an inordinate amount
      > of time picking myself up off the ground. Once my hands get cold, they
      > tend to tighten up and cause discomfort. May be a sign of age???
      > These Mitts would accompany me on ice fishing expeditions. Nothing
      > like standing around on ice to get chilly hands! The Mitts are
      > obviously not designed for activities that require much manual
      > dexterity, I would wear them while snow shoeing and cross country
      > skiing, sliding them off when I need to use my fingers. The Pertex
      > Endurance and 750+ goose down should provide for plenty of warmth. The
      > waterproof, breathable fabric should keep perspiration from occuring,
      > and help keep hands dry adding to the warmth factor. If the mitts do
      > get wet, how does that effect their ability to keep hands warm?
      > I would be concerned about the elastic wrist closures being to snug,
      > or not snug enough. Another area of concern I would watch for would
      > be the durability of the fabric, how easilty it snags, tears, etc. I
      > am curious as to the increase in comfort level. Would they earn a
      > place in my pack?
      > Test Plan for the Hot Sox:
      > I plan on sleeping in my hammock throughout as much of the winter as
      > possible. The Hot Sox would be a wonderful addition to my developing
      > sleep system. I would include them in my pack, in order to be able to
      > put them on quickly. I would sleep with them on when the weather is
      > coldest. One of my test criteria would be finding out how easily they
      > slide off if my feet become to warm. I find that I fall asleep quicker
      > if I am not chilled. During the night I warm up and would most likely
      > remove the Hot Socks.
      > Another way I would test the Hot Sox would be to put them on while in
      > the cabin. This would allow my feet to be warm and comfortable, while
      > letting them take a break after being in boots all day. This way
      > while cooking meals or just relaxing they would serve as ‘slippers’.
      > On nights spent in the hammock or a tent, they would serve as foot
      > warmers while sleeping. My concerns would include how well the hold up
      > to repeated use, especially on rough cabin floors. How abrasion
      > resistant is the 330 denier cordura? How snug is the Powerstretch
      > fleece? Does it rub against the ankles uncomfortably or is it just
      > snug enough? The company claims the Pertex shell fabric is water
      > repellent. What about the inside? If you put wet, sweaty feet in
      > them, do your feet dry, or will they stay damp and then chill?
      > My primary concerns are comfort, comfort, comfort and durability. My
      > feet come first when backpacking. If they stay warm and comfortable, I
      > feel better, stay happier, hike longer and enjoy myself more. I
      > finally found a pair of hiking boots I love, so my feet are happy on
      > the trail. Now to find something that keeps them happy at night! If
      > these Hot Sox live up to their advertisements, they would earn a place
      > in my pack.
      > As far as durablitiy, my concerns would be about the ability of the
      > fabric to hold up to a lot of wearing, and would the 4oz of Primaloft
      > Sport insulation pack down after repeated use? Are the seams well
      > constructed? And going back to my over keen sense of smell- how would
      > they smell after a few/many uses? Do they wash up well? How long do
      > they take to dry, both after washing and after having damp feet in
      > them?
      > I would appreciate the opportunity to test the Hot Sox and Down Mitts.
      > I would give them a thorough workout, during our lovely, cold Maine
      > winter.
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