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    EDIT: Pacific Outdoor Equipment Si Pillow, Chris Barton Welcome to BGT. This is a good start. I have some small edits for you to fix, and these are listed
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      EDIT: Pacific Outdoor Equipment Si Pillow, Chris Barton

      Welcome to BGT. This is a good start. I have some small edits for you
      to fix, and these are listed below. Please do not be offended by the
      terse manner used in spelling out the edits: that's just how I find it
      easiest to list them.

      When you have fixed these matters please REPOST the plain text of your
      OR here on this channel.
      At the same time would you please put the new HTML version in the
      Tests / Owner Reviews folder on BGT. In the future please include the
      URL for the HTML file in the Test folder with your first posting and
      all subsequent ones to make my life easier. It is now a requirement
      that we check the HTML version for various things like a clickable
      manufacturer's URL and some details of the layout before giving
      approval, and it is also a requirement that you provide the URL to
      help us Editors find your file. We are often editing several ORs at a
      time and are easily confused ...

      All Test Reports require photos of the gear. While we do not insist on
      the inclusion of photos in your first Owner Review, we do strongly
      encourage you to do so. Your second Owner Review will require the
      inclusion of photos anyhow. As I am sure you will know, pictures
      convey so much more information when used in conjunction with the
      text. If you have trouble with the pictures, and especially with the
      'ALT' tags, let me know. The problem is well-known and easily fixed.

      Edit Conventions
      Many Editors use the following convention in listing their edits and
      EDIT: you must fix this to comply with BackpackGearTest standards,
      Edit: you should seriously consider fixing this in some way,
      Comment: usually just that, although you might want to make a change
      as a result.
      However, if you think I have got something wrong or that what I am
      criticising is actually a matter of personal writing style, feel free
      to say so. Personal style is accepted, as long as it is reasonably
      clear what you mean.

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      HTML Creation and Problems
      In some cases when editing the plain text of a review I find problems
      with the layout of the text version. This can happen when an HTML file
      is badly converted - possibly by Yahoo. If this seems to be a problem,
      you could consider trying one of the free HTML/text editors such as
      Note Tab Lite: this one has a good conversion tool built in for
      stripping out the html tags to create plain text. Some people who know
      nothing about HTML like the very point-and-click oriented NVU,
      although I don't. It mangles the underlying layout of text and HTML
      tags. Both can be found through Google.

      In other cases where there are serious HTML problems the source of the
      problems may be that you used MS Word to generate the HTML file. We
      have had extremely bad results from MS Word: in fact it has been
      responsible for most of the really bad layout problems I have ever
      seen. In particular it causes untold grief over the inclusion of
      pictures. Also, if you feed a cleaned-up HTML file through Word to fix
      just one small error, Word will usually completely rewrite the HTML
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      filtering does help improve Word's efforts slightly. But our Report
      Writer is a better option.

      BGT Report Writer
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      http://www.backpackgeartest.org/lesson.php?lesson=RR&page=1 for
      further information. It is highly recommended.

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      is usually due to the use of MS Word.

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      Roger Caffin
      BGT Editor
      > Height: 5'9"
      > Weight: 180 lbs
      EDIT: metric equivalents required

      > City, State, Country: Berkeley, CA USA
      EDIT: spell out the state: overseas readers may not know what it means.

      > My gear was stolen in 1995 and it wasn't until 2007 that I geared up
      EDIT: omit: it does not help the reader.

      > Manufacturer Measurements: 10 in x 14.5 in x 3.5 in (25.40 cm x
      35.56 cm x 8.89 cm)
      > Actual Measurements: 10 in x 16.50 x 3.25 in (25.40 cm x 41.91 cm x
      8.89 cm)
      Edit/Comment: this ends up looking a little 'opaque'. I would write
      like this:
      'Manufacturer Measurements: 10 x 14.5 x 3.5 in (25.40 x 35.56 x 8.89 cm)'

      > I tested the Si Pillow at numerous trips
      EDIT: 'on numerous trips'

      > temperatures ranging from 25 deg F (-3.88 deg C) to 50 deg F (10.0
      deg C).
      Edit: if you can, you should reduce the number of decimal places in
      situations like this. I would write '25 F (4 C)' etc. (Several cases.)

      > it barely gives at all when you rest your head on it.
      EDIT: 'when I rest my head on it.'

      > This was most problematic when fully hooded in my bag.
      Comment: will it fit inside the hood? Have you tried it this way?

      > It also compresses down to an easily packable size and is fairly light.
      EDIT: I am sure the reader will want to know how small it compresses.
      This would be an essential part of the information a reader needs.

      > Cons:
      > . Very stiff when fully inflated and requires adjustment for comfort.
      Edit: I question whether this is really a Con? I would have thought it
      is to be expected. I find my air mat is the same. Innfact, the fact
      that the hardness can be adjusted could be deemed a Pro maybe?
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