APPLICATION TO TEST - GoLite Adrenaline 20 Degree Sleeping Bag - Jesse Fister
- I hope that you will consider accepting my application to test the
GoLite Adrenaline 20 Degree Sleeping Bag. I have read Chapter Five
of the BackpackGearTest Survival Guide Bylaws, version 0609, and I
will follow all requirements.
Name: Jesse Fister
Email Address: Mako_tree at Yahoo dot com
City (or region), State, and Country (if outside the U.S.):
Missoula, MT 59803
Backpacking Background: I have been an hunter and a fisherman since
youth. I currently study wilderness preparation and survival. I have
backpacked all over Montana, including many beautiful high mountain
lakes. I have also lived out of a backpack in Europe and parts of
Brazil; including the Amazon. I enjoy lightweight backpacking in any
environment and sometimes experience harsh survival situations with
Background Information applicable to test: Recently I have been
experimenting with wilderness survival shelters in the Rattlesnake
Wilderness. I have been building a primitive shelter out of Douglas
Fir boughs and insulating it with snow. Several nights ago I went
to test this shelter. The temperature was +47F(8.3C) that day but
dropped to somewhere just above freezing that night. I had nothing
but two emergency blankets and a small fleece blanket. I did not
have nearly enough ground insulation down and was forced to walk
back 3 miles at 3AM because I was so cold and miserable. I would
like to see if this sleeping bag is capable of making up for my
insufficient shelter and keeping me warm through a colder night
These are links to some pictures of the pictures which I took of
Location or locations where you propose to test the gear: I intend
to test this gear in several locations. The first is the
Rattlesnake Wilderness in Missoula, MT as mentioned. Temperatures
in my region of the mountains of Montana can easily drop to -20F(-
28.8C), and if I am feeling overwhelming alacrity I may give this a
test with some other heat retention techniques. Currently,
temperatures are in the high twenties to low thirties Fahrenheit (-
3.8C to 1.6C). Additionally, temperatures above the freezing point
often produce a wet environment which tests the bag when damp.
I also hope to test it in my back yard. This is easy to do and
allows me to perform many more tests than I would otherwise. I can
try this on many nights and experiment with comfort in different
precise temperature and weather variations, as well as with various
types of clothing worn while in use.
I also plan to test it in another primitive shelter which was built
on the river bottom out of cottonwood and leaves.
A few pictures of that and its construction are here:
I feel that these would be excellent tests as they would demonstrate
the bag being used with nothing else besides the clothes on the user
with only the natural environment. It will test the bags true
integrity at the claimed temperature as well as other temperatures
potentially below and above its claimed 20F(-6.6C) rating.
Other tests may be possible, and will be spontaneous if done, but
are not planned.
Description of location (elevation, terrain, etc.): Missoula's
elevation is 3,200 ft (975 m) and is nestled directly in the Rocky
Mountains. I have access to many wilderness areas in the area. We
are considered a "High Desert" here based on the amount of total
precipitation in the area. The area is highly conducive to a
variety of pines, firs, and spruces. The river areas are prolific
in willow, dogwood, and poplars.
Typical weather conditions expected (temperature, precipitation,
etc.): It is a heavy winter in Montana this year. We are getting a
lot of snow for this time of year, and expect to have a good hard
winter. The below link specifically addresses the Missoula area
Style (lightweight, tent vs. tarp vs. hammock, etc.): These tests
will likely all be without any modern materials aiding them. I may
set up a tarp and a ground mat for the backyard exercises, but will
use the primitive shelters for the other two tests.
Test plan or strategy: For the Rattlesnake Wilderness test in the
fir bough shelter, I plan to hike there during the day and lay some
more insulation down than I had last time. I will make a fire at
the entrance and then snuggle inside. I will possibly take a
Nalgene filled with hot water inside the bag with me to help me stay
For the Island bottom exercise I will likely take a nap inside it.
If I am feeling up to it, I may go for a night in this one.
For the backyard exercise I plan to set up a tarp to keep the snow
off and a ground mat and then sleep in it several nights. If I am
comfortable, I will sleep in it for several nights, or perhaps
many. I prefer to sleep outside anyways. If I am uncomfortable
after several nights in 20F(-6.6C) and above weather I will stop and
conclude that the sleeping bag was not compatible for that
temperature. I am very familiar with heat loss mechanisms and so
will make sure to attribute my reasons for being too cold to
whatever was truly responsible, because no cold weather sleeping bag
will keep you warm if you do not know what you are doing.
On the nights testing it in the backyard I intend to keep a specific
log of temperatures at two or three points during the night. I will
check the temperature at a specified time when I fall asleep
(probably 10PM) and upon waking (likely 6AM). If I really like this
sleeping bag, I will seriously consider ditching my bed for the
duration of the test.
I also plan to perform a careful and proper washing during the test
period as well as care for storing the bag. Gear care is very
important to me. I think that a good test is to wash the bag by
hand at one point and then attempt sleeping in it again. I plan to
store the bag hanging when not in use.
I plan to inspect the weight and the size of the sleeping bag as
well. I am very dedicated to lightweight gear, and will state my
personal opinions on whether the bag was small enough and light
enough per its temperature rating. A question that I intend to
answer is: Is the bag worth the weight and the size for Montana
For reports I plan to give test reports for the back yard testing by
date like, "I slept on such-and-such a date and the temperatures
were so-and-so and I was "so" comfortable."
In addition: I am a first time tester. I promise however that you
will be pleased to have chosen me for this test. I will give very
informative reports with lots of detail and lots of test time. I
will care for this piece of gear and make sure to provide you with
information relevant to information which you consider important. I
am very excited and investing myself into this product, especially
since I own no other sleeping bag. It will be all I have to use
anyways! My pictures will be good and my reports thorough.
Previously Written Reports: I am a first time tester and am not
currently testing or applying for any other piece of Gear.
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Thank you very much for your considerations,