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78321TEST APPLICATION Black Diamond Spot Headlamp-Frances Penn

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  • oldhikergirl
    May 5, 2014
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       Disclaimer:  Please accept my application to test the Black Diamond Spot Headlamp  I have read the BGT By-Laws (v.0609) including Chapter 5 and will comply with all of the reporting terms and requirements. My signed tester agreement is on file.
      Name: Frances Penn
      Age: 57
      Gender: Female
      Height: 5 ft  9 in (1.75 m)
      Weight: 130 lb (61 kg)

      Email Address: oldhikergirl AT yahoo DOT com
      Location:  Costa Mesa, California, USA
      Date: May 5, 2014


      Backpacking background: I have been backpacking for eight years mostly on long weekends in Southern California with two or more 5-day trips per year in the Sierras. My total daypack weight is usually 15 lb (7 kg) and my total backpack weight is usually 26-30 lb (13-14 kg) depending on the need for a bear canister.  I converted to a tarp, bivy and quilt sleeping system solo trips this past summer but still share a tent if a partner is on the trip.  I have experienced all night rain, hail, lightening, heavy winds, camping in snow, but mostly fair weather.

      Test Plan


      I have three week long backpacking trips planned this summer to Yosemite and the nearby Sierras.  The rest of the weekends are filled with three day backpacking trips starting last weekend in Joshua Tree, San Gorgonio and the Sierras.  This test will be in the summer which is the perfect opportunity to test the brightness, durability, burn time, battery life, red light option and the Power Tap touch technology.  I have a Black Diamond Spot headlamp but it is a few years old.  I will be interested to see the upgrades that have been made to this new model.  I will also pay special attention to if accidental touching changes the light settings in a detrimental fashion.  I will easily meet the minimum use requirements.

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      Frances Penn