Application to test the Big Agnes Parkview Tent
- Sir Dennis,
Please accept my application to test the Big Agnes Parkview tent. I
have read the current survival guide v1202 and agree to abide by all
rules. Shane has received my tester agreement.
Name: Jason Boyle
Height: 5' 6"/ 1.68 m
Weight: 170 lb/ 77 kg
Email address: c4jc "at" hotmail "dot" com
City, State, Country: Waldorf, Maryland, U.S.
Date: November 2, 2004
I have been camping and backpacking for about 16 years. My
introduction to the outdoors started with the BSA and has continued
as an adult. I have hiked mostly in the Southeastern and Northeastern
United States. I currently live near Washington D.C. and have made
the mid-Atlantic mountains my playground. I am an aspiring
lightweight hiker, but I just can't seem to leave behind all of my
I am heading out on the Appalachian Trail in central Virginia this
winter and spring to finish up that section of the AT. Elevation
will range from 1000' (305 m) to 4000' (1219 m). I expect snow, rain
and the occasional sunny day. Temperature will range from below
freezing to the temps in the 70's F (20's C) in the spring.
Additionally, I car camp with my scout troop and/or my wife and dogs
I am currently in between on my tenting choices for warm weather
backpacking I use my Hennessey Hammock, for car camping I use several
different tents made by Eureka depending on my company (dogs, wife,
other scout leader) in the tent, and I use my 4-season Eureka for
winter trips. If selected the Parkview would be my shelter of choice
for the duration of the test series including solo trips.
If selected I would focus on the following areas during the test.
How well does the tent fabric stand up to trail abuse, specifically
the floor? I would also be looking for any stress caused by
packing/unpacking the tent. How strong and flexible is the new atlas
pole system? Is this new system better than the old pole system? Do I
need to be concerned about them bending in a strong wind or storm? I
usually don't hike with another person, but with two dogs, how well
does the tent stand up to having them share the tent me. Is there
enough room inside for two dogs and a person? Two dogs and two people?
How well does the tent shed snow/rain? What ventilation options are
available? Are there mesh windows/vents to help alleviate
condensation? Is the pitch of the tent taut or will there be a lot
of play in the tent during windy nights?
How much room is there really for two people? Will there be plenty
of room for a rousing game of cards or will a bad winter storm cause
cabin fever? How much gear can be stored in the vestibule? Are
there organizational pockets inside? What about loops for hanging
gear or a flashlight inside the tent?
Will this tent be easy to set up? Is it easy to set up in inclement
weather? Is the tent freestanding or is staking required?
Thanks to BGT.org and Big Agnes if selected for this test.
My current BGT obligations are as follows:
Muttluks Dog Boots LTR due Nov 16
Granite Gear Air Compressor sack LTR due Nov 16
Keen Newport H2 sandals LTR due Nov 30
Imlay Canyon Kegs LTR due Nov 30
Red Ledge Cirrus LT LTR due Jan 4
I have also been selected for the following tests that have not yet
Granite Gear Aptitude gloves
Shock Dr's Custom Insoles
All my reviews may be found at
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Princeton Tech Aurora
Crazy Creek Original Chair
Coleman 553 One Burner Stove
Nike ACG Air Teocalli
Lowe Alpine Contour IV 90 + 15
Doufold Tee Shirt
Aqua Mira One shot report
Integral Designs Denali Pants
Test Monitor for the following tests:
Women's Macabi Skirt (almost finished)
Brasslite Turbo II-F