74584EDIT: IR - Obermeyer Kestral jacket - Brian Hartman
- Nov 17, 2012Brian,
Thank you for your prompt IR! You had great pictures and very good detail
in the report. I look forward to reading your adventures in this great
jacket. I, personally, have several Obermeyer products and have been very
pleased with their quality and performance.
I have a few minor edits and a couple of request for more information. I
know it's a pain, but could you please re-post for me before you upload?
Measured Weight: 2.8 lbs (1,280 g)
EDIT: Conversion should be 1.27 kg
After giving it a brief once-over, my initial impression was that it was a
great looking jacket (as seen in the photo above in Quarry gray color with
black pinstripes) and it appeared to be a very well made.
EDIT: Delete the "a" between "be" and "very".
EDIT/COMMENT: Under the "Product Description & Initial Impression" the
second paragraph is very detailed and a bit long. I, being tired, had
trouble reading it. I think (though it will mess up your neat format!) it
needs to be broken up into at least two paragraphs.
It would be nice if you explained why the EcoGenesis is "green friendly".
I also think that to avoid soundly like a PR advertising piece you need to
add some more "as reported by Obermeyer" - "is supposed to be", etc. Right
now, you don't have any experience to be stating some of Obermeyer's claims.
Great info though - I liked the waterproof rating explanation.
The front of the jacket is also protected against air filtration by an
internal zipper windguard that measures approx 1.25 inches (3 cm) in width.
EDIT: Please spell out "approximately".
The hood is fully adjustable via two drawcords on its lower left and ride
hand sides that can be used to loosen or tighten it as necessary.
EDIT: Should be "left and right".
As a safety measure for those hiking in avalanche prone areas, the Kestral
is fitted with a RECCO rescue reflector.
EDIT: Delete "As a safety measure" - RECCO is NOT as safety measure - it is
a passive reflector.
Also, you don't have to add it here, but at some point, please expound on
the fact that the RECCO is NOT a safety device! It will NOT help an
avalanche victim - it will only help SARs to locate a body! Very important
distinction from an active avalance beacon system where a live rescue is
COMMENT: Is there only 1 RECCO? I have two different Obermeyer jackets and
they all had more than that, so that's puzzling.
----- Original Message -----
From: Brian Hartman
Sent: Saturday, November 17, 2012 12:03 PM
Subject: [backpackgeartesters] IR - Obermeyer Kestral jacket - Brian Hartman
Below is my Initial Report for the Obermeyer Kestral Jacket. The link to my
HTML report is
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