REPOST - Application to Test the Railriders Extreme Pants - Greg Mehojah
- Sorry, found one small typo! :)
Please accept my application to test the Railriders Extreme
Adventure Pants. I have read the requirements in the BGT survival
Guide, Ch 5 (v. 1202), and will comply with each and every
requirement detailed therein, including the four-month test period.
My signed Test Application Agreement is on file with Stephanie. If
chosen for this test, I would need a size XL, and my preferred color
choice is khaki.
Name: Greg Mehojah
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Waist: 40" (110 cm)
City, State, Country: Albuquerque, New Mexico
I began backpacking last year to reintroduce myself to the outdoors,
and introduce my 10 year old son to backpacking. My trips have
typically been 1-2 nights with my son and 2-3 nights when I solo. My
first season has taken me through desert terrain and high-altitude
meadowlands throughout New Mexico, as well as day hikes of the
foothills and ridgeline trails of the Sandia Mountains in
Albuquerque. I tend to carry most of the gear when I hike with my
son, so I am not a lightweight hiker, but plan on moving that
direction as my son gets older.
When I day hike or backpack, I always wear some sort of nylon
technical hiking pants. The two pairs that I own are convertible
and of different weights. Even when it is quite warm I like to wear
long pants to keep the scragglies off my lower legs, and as much
dust, dirt, scratchies and other foreign matter out of my socks and
boots as possible. Also, because the weather changes so rapidly
here, I like having pants to keep rain and wind off my legs, and
prevent getting easily chilled. One pair of my pants has started
wearing thin in the knees and butt because I kneel down a lot both
in camp and on the trail, I generally slide on my butt down really
steep descents (scree slopes, etc.) and when I rest on the trail, I
just plop down without any kind of sit pad under me. I also wear
my "good" pair of hiking pants to work on casual Fridays because
they are so darned comfortable. I would substutite the Railriders
Adventure Pants for my causal Friday office pants if chosen for this
test. Based on the kind of hiking I do, these pants look like a
perfect fit for me!
During the four month test period for the Railriders Extreme
Adventure Pants, I have the following primary trips already planned:
First, In late March, I will be taking a three night hiking trip to
Bandelier National Monument. This trip will involve a range of
climate zones and temperatures. Ponderosa pines, lush underbrush
and flowing streams are found in the many finger canyons of
Bandelier. There are a lot of stream crossings and slippery/icy
banks (where the mud is still frozen) that sometimes lead to
dunkings of gear in the water. My trip last year sold me on using
dry bags for my sleeping bag! The mesa areas of Bandelier are
standard high desert plains, with scraggly brush, and interspersed
with juniper and pine trees. The climbs out of the, and into, the
canyons are strewn with scree, loose sand, and gravel, making them
slippery and prone to seat slides. Unforutnately, the Park Service
does not have the manpower nor the resources to adequately remove
downfall from all the trails, requiring hikers on most trails to
crawl over, under, and around it to continue on your route. While
this is a high desert climate, the canyons of Bandelier are blessed
with flowing streams which leads to surprisingly damp and
condensation prone climates. The temperatures will range from 15-20
degrees F at night and 40-60 degrees during the day.
Additionally, in mid May, I plan on hiking into the Gila National
Forest in southern New Mexico for a two night trip with some friends
from work. Depending on the water conditions, the streams and
rivers can really rage during the late Spring, and early Summer.
The trail conditions are very overgrown and lush, so it will be dark
earlier than usual. The temperature ranges for this trip will be
about 30-40 degrees F during the evening and 55-70 during the
daytime (if not a bit warmer given the temperate winter we have
had). The temperatures will likely be much higher than what I have
conservatively predicted, which will allow me to test the venting
ability of the Railrider Pants should the weather be more humid or
rainy. Depending on the spring runoff, there will likely be
multiple river crossings along any route I settle on.
I am in the process of planning a thirty mile loop in June of the
Pecos Wilderness. My brother will be flying in from Kansas for his
first taste of backpacking, which gives me a great excuse to sneak
away for three days to an area of the Pecos I have not hiked to
before. The Pecos Wilderness is located in Northern New Mexico,
which generally receives more precipitation and (excpet this year)
snow than the lower elevations of Albuquerque. The temperatures are
also a great deal lower than are experienced in central to southern
In addition to these already planned trips, I intend to throw in
multiple overnight trips with my son to close-by locations as well
as organize an end-to-end hike with some friends of the Sandia
Mountain Crest Trail system, which is in excess of 10,000 feet above
sea level. I also day hike at least once per week in the Sandia
mountains. During the test period, if chosen for this test, I will
use the Railriders Adventure Pants as my only hiking pants.
As a general matter, I would ultimately like to determine whether
the Railrider Extreme Adventure Pants are the pants I would prefer
to wear when heading outdoors. Are they the pants I reach for
first? Fit and Comfort are extremely important to me in clothing,
especially technical clothing that is intended to enhance my outdoor
time. Specifically, with respect to comfort:
* Are the Adventure Pants sizings correct?
* Does the size that is stated to fit me really fit?
* How much room do I have in the length and girth of the pant legs?
* Is there enough room in the stated size for the pants to freely
and naturally move with me?
* Do they bind during normal use?
* When I need to jump across an obstacle, do the pants "give"
enough to prevent constriction in critical areas?
* Are the seams and stitching well thought out, or is their
placement something that leads to uncomfortable rubbing?
* How well do they breath on hot days?
* How well do they insulate from the wind and cold?
* Its not clear from the website that the pants are windproof - how
much wind protection do they offer (if any?)
* Do the pants stay in place or do I need to constantly adjust them
by either pulling them up or down?
* Are the elastic sections supple enough that they do not cut off
circulation? Do they give enough to be comfortable while still
performing their primary function?
Compatibility with other clothing:
* Can I wear these pants with my base layers? Is there enough room
for my thermal underwear?
* When it is really cold I also wear fleece pants under my hiking
pants. Is there sufficient room in my size to do this?
* How easily can I take off my boots/socks while wearing the pants?
* How well do the elastic cuffs keep foreign matter out of my boots,
and off of my socks?
* Do the cuffs prevent any water from entering my boots when I cross
* How easily can I take the pants off when going to bed at night and
put them back on in the mornings while in my tent?
* Does the waistband or belt interefere or make uncomfortable the
hipbelts of my packs?
* Do the zippers operate properly/smoothly after a long day on a
* can I easily clean the zippers should they get impacted with dirt
or small pebbles?
* Can I operate the zippers one-handed?
* How easily does the belt tighten and loosen?
* How quickly do the pants dry when soaked by rain or during a
* Do the pants easily stain? Can I wash them without needing to
* How useful are the pockets? I like to carry a GPS and a compass
with me during my hikes. Can I carry them in the pockets in a
useful manner? Can I also carry my digital camera in the pockets
with the assurance that it will not get ejected unexpectedly?
* Are the zippered pockets secure on jogging descents?
This appears to be the primary focus of this test call. I like to
hike off trail quite a bit (within reason of course) to explore
secluded areas and find where those elusive springs originate.
Bushwhacking and rough desert terrain will give me a great
opportunity to test the durability of these pants.
* How durable are the reinforced knee and butt sections? If I do
not wear them out, do they wear thin? Do they wear at all? Can
they take the abuse of sliding down hills or steep, gravel laden
* How well do the pants ward off pulls, tears, etc. when hiking off
* Does the elastic stretch, or does it maintain its ability to
rebound after prolonged use?
* Do any of the stitches or seams come loose? Does the fabric fray
at any locations? Does the fabric pull or pile from regular use?
*This will sound strange, but do the pants make undue noise when
* Do the zipper-pulls hold up to regular use? Do they come apart
easily? Do they catch on scragglies or anything else on the trail?
If chosen for this test, I hope to answer each of the above
questions concerning the use of the Extreme Adventure pants, and I
have lots of hiking and backpacking opportunities to do so.
I have completed two Owner Reviews:
Marmot Eiger 36 Pack
MSR MiniWorks EX Water Filter
Both reviews can be seen here:
Outdoor Research Prism Cap - Not Yet Received.
Thank you for your consideration of my application to test the
Railriders Extreme Adventure Pants. I do hope it meets with your