APPLICATION TO TEST: Bite Xtension2 Sandals
- (I admit I'm pretty dense...I had this ready to go last night, but
thought I had until the 8th to post it. A BIG thank you to Steph for
accepting it anyway! :)
Please accept my application for the privilege of testing the Bite
Xtension2 sandals. I have read Chapter Five of the BackpackGearTest
Survival Guide version 1202 and agree to follow all requirements. My
signed Tester Agreement is on file.
PLEASE NOTE: I am still in newbie status, but I am in the final
phase of my Princeton Tec EOS test.
If chosen, I will require a women's size 10. Any color is fine, but
I prefer the 8005c, natural/navy/teal.
Name: Lynne Durham
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Weight: 153 lb (69 kg)
Shoe size: Women's 10 (US sizing)
Email: lynnedurham AT yahoo DOT com
Location: Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA
Date: April 6, 2005
I am a backpacking novice - my first trip was in 2002. I have hiked
and car camped all of my life, mostly in the relative flatlands of
the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan, but also in areas east
of the Continental Divide, such as South Dakota, New England,
Kentucky, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, and more. In September, 2004 I did
my first solo backpacking trip and in October, 2004 I did a single-
day, rim-to-rim hike of the Grand Canyon. I keep my pack weight to
25% of bodyweight or less but I always bring optional or comfort
My other outdoor experience includes trail running and snowshoeing;
I am a paddling, climbing and adventure racing novice.
I usually do all of my trail work -- including backpacking,
dayhiking, trail-adoption chores and trail running -- in a pair of
trail runners. I usually replace the manufacturer's insole with an
over-the-counter insole of my choice. Some sandals, however, offer
plenty of arch support for my needs. But I have not been able to
find a pair of sandals that will allow me to hike in them without
developing blisters. I've come to begrudgingly think that I may not
be made to hike without socks, but my search continues.
TEST PLAN: LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
If chosen to test the Bite Xtension2 sandals, I will use the sandals
as my primary footwear for most outdoor activities. During the test
period, I currently have several trips planned, including trips in
Michigan, Kentucky, and Arizona. This means the sandals may be
- Rocky, rugged conditions
- Well-maintained forest trails
- Steep sand dunes
- Smooth, well-worn sandstone
- Wet, muddy trails
- Creek/river crossings
TEST PLAN: ACTIVITIES
This period will include at least 1 weekend backpacking trips along
the North Country Trail, a long-weekend backpacking trip in the
Mammoth Cave National Park area, a 4-5 day backpacking trip along
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and dozens of dayhikes.
Additionally, the sandals will be tested during at least one kayak
or canoe trip and will be used as trail runners. The sandals may be
used during a short (8-hour) adventure race in May. All trips will
occur during the spring, summer and early fall.
TEST PLAN: QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED
- Do the pulley strapping system and dual buckle design allow
adequate flexibility in fit?
- Does the fit system allow the sandals to stay well-fitted through
hours of use, or do the sandals require regular readjustment?
- How is the midsole designed? Does the arch offer the right amount
of support where I need it?
- Do these sandals provide adequate arch support for backpacking?
Dayhiking? Trail running?
- Do the sandals cause any hot spots?
- Are they comfortable enough to run in for hours at a time?
- Is the cushioning adequate for my needs?
- How comfortable is the shoe when wet? Does dampness increase the
possibility of hot spots?
- Is the fit system easy to use? Can I get these sandals on and off
- Does the Toe Guard adequately protect the toes?
- How does the sandal perform in sand dunes? It seems like the open
design would allow the sand to sift out easily...does this help me
avoid the black toenails I inevitably experience when hiking or
running in sand?
- Does the outsole adequately grip a variety of surfaces? Does it
offer better performance on one terrain versus another?
- Is the open design a hindrance -- does too much trail debris get
under the foot? Or does it allow trail debris to slip out as easily
as it slips in?
- How does the sandal handle perspiration? Is the airflow such that
perspiration dries very quickly? Or will it feel like a slimy mess?
- Do the Motion Control Stabilizer and Spring Bar provide adequate
lateral (side-to-side) stability on a variety of trail surfaces?
PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN REPORTS
Design Salt Silk Mummy liner (September 21, 2004)
Salomon XA Pro 2 Trail-Running Shoes (September 21, 2004)
Motorola Talkabout FR50 Handheld 2-Way Radio (November 20, 2004)
Currently Testing Other Items:
Princeton Tec EOS Headlamp. My field report can be found at
None at this time. My current status is still "newbie."
Currently Serving as Monitor For:
None at this time, but have volunteered to help out as needed.
Additionally, I helped Andrew with the calendar moving project
during the new group start up.
Thank you for your consideration,
Benton Harbor, Michigan USA