Application to test the Sierra Designs Echo sleeping bag
- Please accept my application to test the Sierra Designs Echo
sleeping bag. I have read the BackpackGearTest Survival Guide,
version 1202, including Chapter 5. I agree to comply with all
Name: Raymond Estrella
Height: 6' 3" (187.5 cm)
Weight: 200 lbs (90 kg)
Email address: rayestrella@...
City: Huntington Beach
Date: October 30, 2005
I have been back packing since I was 14 years old. By the time I hit
18 I was getting about 5 good hikes (multi day) a year, and day
hikes at least once a week. So far this year I hiked 500 miles. (800
k) My style of hiking is to get up early, and hike hard for most the
day. I rarely stop to cook at mid-day, but always have a hot
breakfast and dinner. I put the miles on, usually 15-18 miles a day.
(24-29 k) I like to get to my days destination early enough to enjoy
the afternoon. Most of my hiking is in the Sierras, my favorite
place on Earth. I have hiked all over California, and in Nevada,
Idaho, Washington state, and Minnesota.
As I am getting older, I am making a concerted effort to lighten
weight everywhere I can. I have gone from a packed weight for a 4
day trip from 50+ lb, to 30 lb. And I am always looking for ways to
cut it more, without giving up a comfortable tent, and cooking good
I have trips planned to San Jacinto, The Bristlecone Forest, and the
Tahoe area this winter.
I do a lot of winter hiking. I had 4 multi-day snow trips last
winter, and have 3 planned for this winter with more possible. The
big one will be an attempt on White Mountain elevation 14245' (4273
m) in January or February. (When ever they have the most snow) It
will be a 66 mile round trip starting at 7400' (2220 m) and will
take 7 to 10 days depending on conditions. The temperatures can get
to -10F (-23C) with winds gusting to 70 to 100 mph. (112 to 160
kp/h) I will also climb San Jacinto at least once this winter.
Elevation 10825' (3247 m) In May I will attempt Shasta again.
I do a lot of winter hiking. One of the biggest considerations with
tents and low temperatures is condensation. When your sleeping bag
gets wet from hitting condensation covered tent walls, it can put an
end to your trip. This bags Dri-zone fabric seems perfect for these
type of conditions. How will it do in a case like this? On peak
attempts I will leave my tent and try for the peak and back. But I
always carry my bag in case I have to make an emergency bivouac.
Will this fabric stand up to being used on snow, or in a snow cave?
As the amount of gear needed for winter travel goes up, the space in
my pack get used up pretty quick. The 800 fill down should compress
quite well, freeing up precious space. Will this prove true?
Of course the colder it is, the more I appreciate things like freely
sliding zippers, and well functioning hoods. Will this prove to be
the case with this bag? I will find out.
I am a side sleeper. Will this bag be comfortable if I am flipping
over? Will it be roomy enough inside? Or will it be confining?
These are a few of the things I will be looking at if chosen to
participate in this test. I would need a Long size.
Thank you for your consideration.
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I have completed my first test series, and ended my newbie status. I
have no other tests at this time. I have two more Owner Reviews