Application to test The Speer Frog Sac
- Application to test The Speer Frog Sac
Personal biographical information:
Name: Josh Dunning
Height: 510 (1.7m)
Weight: 195 lb (81 kg)
Torso: 19" (48cm)
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 weeks
worth of car 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. I'll hike or camp in any weather, in any season. That can range
from 10 below zero F (-23C) in the snow to 100 F (38C) plus heat. That's the
beauty of living in New England. I try to hike at least twice a week, more
if I can make time for it.
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. Summer is basically
here, in date only, the weather has been as unpredictable as ever!
Former heavyweight striving to go lightweight... Or Light-er weight!
There are so many aspects of a Sleeping Bag / Robe / Over Bag / Liner /
Blanket that could be commented on, or tested, but for the application, I'll
stick to the major points. The sleeping system is for many, myself included,
one of the most important pieces of your backpacking / camping kit. With out
a good sleeping system, one cannot get a good nights rest, thus negatively
affecting the next day, the group, and ultimately the whole trip. What makes
a bag a good performer? Living up to the manufacturers claims for one! The
Frog Sac claims the bag is a 45 deg. F. bag. It's been my experience that
many manufacturers "pad" their ratings. Is this the case here? I tend to be
a warm sleeper, so how will this affect the temp ratings? With the onset of
summer and 80 degree humid nights, will a 45 degree bag be too warm? Will
the added features of the sac make it more functional?
Other items of great interest are their non-standard approach to
construction, with an open foot area, will this create cold spots or drafts?
Since I tend to sleep with hot feet will this be a benefit?
Regarding the fill, how will the Primaloft fill work? Will the synthetic
fill rival the warmth and softness of down? How easily and quickly will the
fill re-loft after living in a compression sack for hours, or days. Will the
bag dry quickly and thoroughly enough when wet from dew or rain to
Also, how well will the nylon rip stop shell resist moisture, stains, or
smells... Using the bag as a robe or blanket it will need to withstand being
used as a robe sitting by the fire, or walking with it on through brush to
the 'outhouse'. As well as other uses I'm sure I'll find for it.
A few other points are: The overall fit, being a "regular" sized guy I
usually don't have a problem. Will it be functional with my three season bag
as an over bag or liner on the really cold nights? Can I leave my mummy bag
home and use the Sac exclusively?
Only time will tell
Previously written reports:
Swiss Army ( http://tinyurl.com/934f )
Primus Alpine ( http://tinyurl.com/934h )
I HAVE READ THE BGT SURVIVAL GUIDE, ON 5/18/04, AND WILL COMPLY WITH THE
REPORT REQUIREMENTS OF CHAPTER 5.
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Thank you for this opportunity.