29262REVISED APPLICATION: to test Coast Revolution Headlamp - Wayne
- Feb 1 12:31 AMA cut and paste error in the original application with the heading
referring to the Black Diamond Mesa Tent! :-[
All other details remain the same.
Please accept my application to test the Coast Revolution Headlamp. I have
read the BackpackGearTest Bylaws, version 0609, including Chapter 4, 5
and 6 and appendices. I agree to comply with all requirements including
the minimum (5) nights. My BGT agreement has been received and is on
file with BGT.
Name: Wayne Merry
Height: 1.8 m (5' 10")
Weight: 95 kg (211 lb)
Email address: wayne_merry@... (replace user with yahoo)
City, State, Country: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
I started backpacking four and half years ago, although I did day walks
in childhood. I hike in various terrain from moderate/hard track walks
to some off track (including river walks). I generally like the
temperature to stay at least above -5 C (23 F). I enjoy going on multi
day walks including multi week adventures. I carry a moderate weight
pack to enjoy a few creature comforts at camp and use tents as shelter.
I walk a moderate amount. I would normally do at least 2 overnight or
multi-day walks every three months, in addition to a number of 20 km (12
mile) or so day walks. I generally walk in groups, but sometimes walk solo.
During the test period I have the following overnight or longer walks
Dargo River - Eastern Victoria, 3 nights off track/in a river, elevation
around 200 m (650 feet) to 1500 m (4900 feet), with temps from 10 C (50
F) up to 35 C (86 F). Humidity will tend to be low, but could vary
widely. There is a moderate chance of rain during the walk. The Dargo
drains from near Mt Hotham southwards towards the Gippsland lakes. A
good amount of time in this walk will be spent walking along the river
bed (in the water). Opportunities for getting fully wet abound. The plan
is only up to waist high. On these types of walks, not all things go as
planned.... Due to fires in this region in the last few months, this
walk may be replaced with another walk at the same time.
Tumut River - Jagungal. Snowy Mountains New South Wales, 4 nights off
track, elevation around 1000 m (3300 feet) to 2000 m (6600 feet), with
temps from 5 C (41 F) to 20 C (68 F). There is a moderate chance of rain
on this walk, with some chance of snow. For more information about the
Jagungal area, refer to the wikipedia entry at:
The VMTC 100km 24 hour challenge. This walk will take place over 24
hours in a location that I am yet to find out about. This walk is
arranged by the VMTC every two years as some kind of sadistic dare to
see how far someone can endure hiking. I'll see if I can do the full 100km.
Wyperfeld National Park. Northwestern Victoria, 3 nights on/off track,
elevation around 50 m (160 feet) to 100 m (330 feet). Humidity is
expected to be low to medium with a moderate chance of rain on this
walk. Wyperfeld is a mallee scrub/woodland area in the Wimmera region of
western/northwestern Victoria. For more information see the Wikipedia
entry at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyperfeld_National_Park
Wilsons Promontory National Park: 3 nights on track, elevation from sea
level to 400 m (1300 feet). Humidity expected to be medium with a strong
chance of rain on this walk. Wilson's prom is the most southern point of
mainland Australia. It consists of rocky mountains with large amounts of
scrub and forest. This walk will be the traditional southern circuit
including Roaring Meg, South Point, the lighthouse, Waterloo Bay and
This list is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all overnight or
longer walked planned during the test period. Depending on when the test
period starts, other walks planned for mid July or later may also be
I will test the claims made by the manufacturer. My test will feature
use of the Revolution during late autumn/fall and winter in the southern
Australian environment. Some walks may be long enough that I will
require walking under torchlight into camp which should provide a good
robust test environment.
Light levels and performance:
The usable light definition of the manufacturer describes quite dark
conditions. What kind of life would I obtain from the batteries
throughout the test. How soon does the light begin to fade? Is the light
fade gradual, or is it quite sudden towards end of test? I will use both
my perception, and also record light levels using a SLR camera by
recording shutter times given lighting by the Cosmo. This will be done
at various intervals throughout the test in order to show how light
levels change throughout battery life. How many hours use do I get from
the Revolution from one set of batteries. The web site shows a battery
pack which would go at the back of the head. Is this supplied or are 3
AAA batteries installed in the lamp itself? Can I see the beam at 3000
feet (this is quite a claim!) Is the LED strong enough for navigation,
especially given that the head lamp does not have a Xenon or equivalent
lamp installed? Do batteries slowly discharge while the Revolution is
not being used?
Is it easy to use the dimming switch to control illumination levels?
Does the behavior of the button change throughout the test? How
comfortable does the elastic head strap feel? Does the strap stretch
over time? Does it "dig in" behind the ears. Does the unit feel good
against the skin while wearing it? How does it feel after an hour or two
of wearing? Can I hang the Revolution easily inside my tent? Does the
pivot mechanism become less taunt over time? Does the Revolution become
affected by any water spray? Is it affected by wearing in the rain - as
headlamps tend to stick out of my raincoat hood? Is it going to feel
less stable due to the lack of a third strap going over the top of the head?
Any other material matter related to the Revolution that arises during
the test will also be included in the test reports.
Currently monitoring tests:
Current tests in progress:
Flatword Orikaso Solo Set (November 2006)
SealLine Storm Sack (November 2006)
Currently also applying for:
OR Element Bucket (please note that this test has been deferred until
spring this year).
Eureka! Wabakimi Tent
Black Diamond Mesa Tent
Black Diamond One Shot Tent
Recent Owner Reviews:
Roman Ultra Lite Trek Sleeping Bag; http://tinyurl.com/y7n4ot
Coleman Exponent Feather 442 Stove;
Other Owner Reviews written:
MSR SideWinder Tent
My reports and reviews can be found at;
Please note that due to the recent birth of Simon, I did not apply for
any tests from July through December last year, but now things are
settling back down, I'm getting back into it.
Thank you for your consideration.