Watchful Eye Design O.P.Sak LTR - Marie-Noëlle
- Here is my Watchful Eye Design O.P.Sak LTR for edit; HTML is in the
test folder at http://tinyurl.com/tcrgx
January 1, 2007
O.P.Sak with toilet paper and hand sanitizer inside
Name Marie-Noëlle Augendre I started backpacking nine years ago,
day-hiking in Ile-de-France all year round, and doing several one or
two-week trips in more mountainous regions (Corsica, Pyrénées,
Cévennes, Lubéron, etc.) each year.
In the past three years, I have gradually lightened my pack load as I
changed to a hammock, an alcohol stove, a light pack and running shoes
instead of boots.
After living the most part of this year in Quebec (Canada), I'm just
back to France and currently settling right in the middle of the
Cévennes, an area that is positively criss-crossed with hiking trails.
Height about 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Email address augendre.bgt@...
Country St André de Valborgne (Gard),
Manufacturer Watchful Eye Designs
MSRP $7.79 (pack of 3)
Listed size 9" x 10" (22.86 x 25.4 cm)
Actual size 9.2" x 10.6" (23.3 x 27cm)
Weight (actual) 0.53 oz (15 g)
This report is the closing one of a series of three:
* for a complete description of the O.P.Saks and my first
impressions, please refer to my Initial Report
* field testing during the first two-month period is related in my
* this last report describes the last part of the test, and
presents my conclusions regarding the O.P.Saks after a four-month
During the past two months, I have hiked twice a week on average, most
often in the Cévennes valleys between 820ft and 2950ft (250m - 900m),
where steep paths amid holm oaks or chestnut trees look more suitable
for goats than hikers; and sometimes on the higher plateaux-like
areas, around 3600ft (1100m), with larger transhumance trails winding
between moors and pine forests. The weather has remained almost
summer-like this autumn, almost always sunny, with temperatures
sometimes up to 66°F (19°C) in the sun, and barely getting as low as
41°F (5°C) in valley recesses hidden from the sun all day long.
During these outings, I've always had a couple of O.P.Saks inside my
day pack, or in one of the external mesh pockets, to store raisins and
nuts for the day, or keep some toilet paper and a little bottle of
This second two-month testing period has not brought any more
information in addition to that I've already reported on in my
previous report; thus my conclusions remain the same:
* I have been very happy their airtightness, waterproofness or
* but they could be difficult to clean properly, especially when
tiny bits of food get stuck under the closure strip
* and I deeply regret they don't come in smaller sizes, more
suitable to my hiking and backpacking habits.
I would like to thank Watchful Eye Designs and BackpackGearTest.org
for giving me the opportunity to test the O.P. Saks.