APPLICATION: Coleman Cloudcroft 40 Sleeping Bag - Kathy Waters
- If this is a repeat, I apologize - first app doesn't appear to have
APPLICATION TO TEST THE COLEMAN CLOUDCROFT 40° SLEEPING BAG
Please accept my application to test the Coleman Cloudcroft 40°
Sleeping Bag. I have read the requirements for being a tester and
the reporting requirements and I AGREE to comply. I have completed
the Tester Agreement and submitted it to Shane as required. I am also
familiar with the BGT Survival Guide v. 1202.
Tester Biographical Information
Name: Kathleen Waters
Height: 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight: 128 lb (58 kg)
Shoulder Girth: 45 in (114 cm)
Knee Girth: 27 in (74 cm)
Email address: kathy at ring dot com or TheMiddleSister at usaring
City, State, Country: White Lake, MI USA
Backpacking Background: My husband and I started hiking in 1998 after
an eye-opening climb up Hahn's Peak (10839 ft/ 3304 m) in Colorado.
Hooked, we return to Colorado often. We've also hiked glaciers, rain
forests, mountains and deserts in exotic locations, including
Iceland, Costa Rica, Slovenia and Death Valley. Winters, we snowshoe.
At home in Michigan, we plan for 2-3 hikes of 6-8 m (10-13 km)
weekly and one weekend hike monthly. Weekday hikes take place in
Pontiac Lake Recreation Area, a mixture of heavily wooded moderate
hills and flat terrain. Weekend hike locations vary.
My hiking style is comfortable, aiming for lightweight with a pack
averaging 25 lb (11 kg) including food and water.
If all goes well, this will be my last year living in Michigan, then
it's "westward ho" and off to Colorado! That said, there is still
lots to see here in the Great Lakes State and I am looking forward to
at least one 2-3 day hiking trip a month all the way through early
fall. Tentative plans include the Lake Superior Trail in the
Porcupine Mountains, the Little Carp Trail, also in the "Porkies" ,
day hikes on the Kal-Haven Trail and others.
In early July, I'm planning a weeklong trip to Beaver Island in
Michigan. I am also hoping in late July, to be in Colorado for a
belated birthday trip to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. My first
Colorado hiking goal is to section hike the whole Rainbow Trail
system in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness, starting this spring!
Hiking will mostly take place in terrain that will include the sandy
lakeshore dunes of Lake Michigan in western Lower Michigan, the
rockier shore areas of Lake Superior in the UP and the Wet, Green,
Sangre de Cristos and Rocky Mountain ranges of Colorado. Elevation
will range from 177 ft to 13,000 ft (54 m to 3962 m) and I anticipate
that temperatures over the remaining days of winter, spring and
early summer will vary from 35 F to 81 F (2 C to 27 C) in Michigan
and 38 F to 88 F (3 C to 31 C) in Colorado. I'm sure to experience
cold, wind, rain and heat in Michigan. In the Sangres in Colorado, I
expect to add some snow to the mix of weather conditions to be
Michigan Average Temperatures/Precipitation for projected test period.
Jun: Avg. High (78F/26C); Avg. Low (56F/13C); Avg. Precip.
Jul: Avg. High (84F/29C); Avg. Low (60F/16C); Avg. Precip.
Aug: Avg. High (81F/27C); Avg. Low (58F/14C); Avg. Precip.
Sep: Avg. High (74F/23C); Avg. Low (52F/11C); Avg. Precip.
Colorado Average Temperatures/Precipitation for projected test period.
Jun: Avg. High (84F/29C); Avg. Low (54F/12C); Avg. Precip.
Jul: Avg. High (88F/31C); Avg. Low (61F/16C); Avg. Precip.
Aug: Avg. High (86F/30C); Avg. Low (56F/13C); Avg. Precip.
Sep: Avg. High (78F/26C); Avg. Low (50F/10C); Avg. Precip.
Proposed Test Plan
If I am accepted as a tester for the Coleman Cloudcroft 40° Sleeping
Bag, it will be my only choice of sleeping bag for the whole testing
period. So, it will be tested this summer and fall in a wide range
of weather and locations. Most of the testing will be 2-3 day trips
in western and northern Michigan on lakeshore trails, ranging from
sandy, open areas, to rocky, heavily treed terrain. Summer will be
hot and dry (hopefully) and fall will turn cool and wet. The
sleeping bag will get damp, if not wet.
I wish I could say that I sleep "warm" or "cold", but my body
temperature varies from night to night; however, I'm fairly confident
that Cloudcroft 40° Sleeping Bag will work fine for me for the entire
4-month test period. I have never used a down bag so I'm excited
about testing one and experiencing the differences from synthetic
Comfort is my primary concern in a sleeping bag and I will thoroughly
test for comfort as well as overall utility.
I will be testing the Coleman Cloudcroft 40° Sleeping Bag for comfort
in temperature control.
Will I be warm enough in colder temps?
At what point will I need additional insulation? 40° or higher/lower?
Will I be too warm in warmer temperatures?
At what temperature (if any) is the bag totally uncomfortable?
Does the draft tube really keep out drafts?
Does the yoke draw need to be so tight as to be constrictive to keep
out the breezes?
I will be testing the Coleman Cloudcroft 40° Sleeping Bag for comfort
Is there enough "cushion" in the filling?
How do the high-quality 310 Tactel® nylon cover and liner feel again
Does the baffle construction system keep the filling from shifting
over the testing period?
How do the "Which One" cord cinches work?
Are there any flat or cold spots?
Is there enough wiggle room?
Do I feel claustrophobic with the zipper fully engaged?
How well does the double-sided zipper work?
Can I sleep on my side without suffocating?
Where is the interior "pocket" located? Will it be useful or a
I will be testing the Coleman Cloudcroft 40° Sleeping Bag for utility
and truth in advertising.
Is the reported weight accurate?
Can I "stuff" the bag back into the reported size?
Is the zipper easy to use and snag-proof?
I will be testing the Coleman Cloudcroft 40° Sleeping Bag for
sturdiness and wearability.
Does the stitching keep the filling stable?
Does the stitching stay intact after repeated use or will breaks in
the threads occur over time?
How well does the sleeping bag repel dampness?
How long does it take to dry out when wet?
Will the zipper pull break under normal usage?
Does the high-quality 310 Tactel® nylon cover snag under normal
Does the sleeping bag retain odor?
What are the care instructions?
What is the best storage in the provided cotton bag or hanging up
by the foot loops in my closet?
For each night of testing, I will report on my location, including
altitude, the weather conditions, including temperature,
precipitation (if any), and estimated humidity and wind speeds. I
will note what clothing was worn and what shelter and pad (if any)
I will also report any other issues that arise during the testing
I am very excited about the BGT group and aim to do my best and a
thorough job of testing for all manufacturers. I am detail oriented
in my evaluations and prompt with my reports. I currently am testing
three items with one test ending this month, so I will have ample
time and energy to evaluate this item. It would be an honor and a
pleasure to test the Coleman Cloudcroft 40° Sleeping Bag.
If I am chosen, I would need a regular size sleeping bag.
Thank you for the opportunity to apply to test the Coleman Cloudcroft
40° Sleeping Bag!
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