EDIT: Pacific Outdoor Equipment Si Pillow, Chris Barton
- 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
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Edit: you should seriously consider fixing this in some way,
Comment: usually just that, although you might want to make a change
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> Height: 5'9"EDIT: metric equivalents required
> Weight: 180 lbs
> City, State, Country: Berkeley, CA USAEDIT: 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 upagain.
EDIT: omit: it does not help the reader.
> Manufacturer Measurements: 10 in x 14.5 in x 3.5 in (25.40 cm x35.56 cm x 8.89 cm)
> Actual Measurements: 10 in x 16.50 x 3.25 in (25.40 cm x 41.91 cm x8.89 cm)
Edit/Comment: this ends up looking a little 'opaque'. I would write
'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 tripsEDIT: 'on numerous trips'
> temperatures ranging from 25 deg F (-3.88 deg C) to 50 deg F (10.0deg 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:Edit: I question whether this is really a Con? I would have thought it
> . Very stiff when fully inflated and requires adjustment for comfort.
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?