Application to test DANALCO SealSkinz ChillBlocker Gloves and Socks
- Application to test: Danalco SealSkinz ChillBlocker Gloves and Socks
I have read the BackpackGearTest survival guide v.1202 (last read
January 27th, 2004), and agree
to fully comply with the rules outlined within. I have also signed and
submitted the tester contract. If selected, I would like to test both
the gloves and socks in a size SMALL (as based on the information on
Name: Karen Ross
Height: 5'0" (1.5 meters)
Weight: 103 lbs (47 kg)
Email Address: karen DOT ross AT tufts DOT edu
Geographical location: Boston area, MA, USA
I'm 24 and have been hiking and camping for as long as I can remember.
I'm an avid runner and day hiker, ski occasionally, kayak, car camp,
and generally like to spend as much time outdoors as possible. I've
spent time hiking and orienteering with scout groups, as well as while
doing my military service in Israel. I travel frequently and try to
use every opportunity to explore. I started backpacking a few years
ago and most of my trips have been limited so far to shorter ones: day
hikes and overnight or 3 day trips. However, I've done some longer
hikes this spring and summer as well as spending time in the field
doing trail maintenance, and am hoping to work my way up to a
section-or thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in the next few years.
I've also recently been introduced to winter camping, and while I
can't say my favorite thing is shivering in my tent all night, I find
I actually enjoy it. I try to keep my gear weight as minimal as
possible without sacrificing durability or occasional comfort items.
I plan to use the ChillBlocker Gloves and Socks almost daily
throughout the winter (which here in New England could last well into
April). These items will be worn on daily walks around the
neighborhood, weekend jaunts up to nearby hiking areas, and on at
least one or two ski trips (both cross-country and downhill). I will
also be using the ChillBlocker Gloves and Socks on a planned
backpacking trip in March as well as a possible weekend trip at the
end of February. Finally, I anticipate spending much of this summer
in sub-Saharan Africa. Depending on where I am, it may be winter when
I arrive (albeit a different kind of winter), allowing for further
rigorous testing of the ChillBlocker items.
Temperatures over the course of this test will range from
approximately 0-80 degrees F (-18 27 degrees C). The terrain will
range from roads to rivers to mountains, ski and hiking trails, with
elevation changes of 0-4000 feet (0-1219 meters).
Woohoo! Just the items for my (very) cold hands and feet! I'm
currently living in the Boston area, and believe me, it is COLD up here!
I intend to test this gear daily on my walks to and from classes,
work, the bus, subway, nightlife - - in short, whenever I go outside!
My current glove liner/outer glove combo hasn't been doing the trick
in these arctic temperatures, and I'm looking to try a glove "suitable
for a whole host of cold, wet, nasty outdoor conditions" as the
In addition to using the SealSkinz ChillBlocker Gloves and Socks for
normal daily use, I'm looking forward to using them on some winter
skiing and hiking trips. Just recently I was introduced to winter
camping, and although I'm not sure how long I'll be able to make
myself sleep out in sub-zero (both Celsius and Farhenheit)
temperatures, I have tentative plans for a backpacking trip in March
in either the Catskill or Adirondack Mountains (hopefully by then
temperatures will rise somewhat here in the Northeast!) as well as a
possible weekend trip at the end of February. I also anticipate a ski
trip or two as well as several afternoons playing in the snow and
ice-skating, and day hikes on the weekend whenever possible.
While testing the ChillBlocker Gloves and Socks, I will be looking
primarily for warmth and comfort: will the gloves keep my hands warm
even when they are kept out of my pockets for extended periods of time
(for example, when holding ski poles)? Will my feet stay warm even if
I'm only wearing trail running shoes, or will I need to wear
additional socks over or under them (i.e. over-socks or liner socks)?
Is the MVT membrane truly waterproof, or will my hands get wet and
cold if I happen to throw the occasional snowball? Or, on the other
hand, will my hands and feet become sweaty and uncomfortable after
just a short period, despite the wicking fabric?
I will also be testing the ChillBlocker Gloves and Socks for
durability. If I use these items on a daily basis, how long will they
retain their ability to keep me warm and dry? The website states that
SealSkinz items are machine washable is this the case? How long will
the MVT membrane hold up? For the gloves, do the gripper dots fall off
or otherwise become less useful?
I will also be testing the `gripability' of both the gloves and socks.
Do the gripper dots really create some sort of traction, enough, for
example, to hold on to ski poles, or will my hands slip as they do
when I wear knit gloves? Do the socks stay up on my legs or will they
slip down to just above my ankles and leave the rest of my legs cold?
With regards to the gloves, I am also particularly interested in
seeing how well I can function normally with the gloves on. Are they
too bulky for me to do things such as tie my shoelaces, open a bottle
of water while on the trail, or open/close my bag (In other words, how
much if at all will they reduce my dexterity)?
Finally, I am interested in the long-range usefulness of the
ChillBlocker Gloves and Socks. When the weather begins to warm up
(right now I'm feeling like that will never happen, but hopefully it
will), will I have to put them away until next winter, or are they
`cool' enough to use on spring evenings? Could the socks be used on a
kayaking trip in the spring or summer, or will my feet be too warm in
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Thank you for considering me for this test series.