APPLICATION - BLACK DIAMOND ONE SHOT - Tim
- APPLICATION TO TEST Black Diamond One Shot
Please consider my application to test the Black Diamond One Shot.
I have recently read the By-Laws (v. 0609) and will comply with
all. My signed tester agreement is on file.
Height: 6' 2" (1.9 Meters)
Weight: 215 lb (98 Kg)
Email Address: timothy_tessier@...
Located in: Greensboro NC USA
I hiked as a child with my father and started hiking with my son 7
years ago when he was eight years old. We now routinely take 20
mile weekend hikes (two nights) approximately once a month year
round. Additionally, we take one, five to seven day extended trip
each summer. Most of our hiking is done in NC, southern VA, TN, KY,
and WV. We go regardless of weather so we have experience in all
types of conditions. We do not tend to travel very light, with a
typical pack weight of 25 lb (11.3 kg) exclusive of food.
Additional Information relevant to this test:
As stated above, we take two night weekend hikes year round. These
hikes are generally in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in
North Carolina and Tennessee at elevations up to 6,000 ft. (1,829m),
or in southern VA in areas such as Mt. Rogers National Recreation
Area. Additionally, we are in the planning stages for a 4 -5 day
trip to West Virginia this summer. We will be hiking as much and as
often as possible throughout the winter, spring, and summer months.
Reasons I would particularly like to participate in this test:
As stated above out pack weight is in the 25 lb (11.3 kg) range.
The heaviest single item we carry is a sturdy but outdated and heavy
tent. We have spent many an afternoon at the local gear store
looking at the new designs and discussing the pros and cons.
I am fascinated by the new tent technologies that are springing up.
As one who remembers spending many nights in v-shaped canvas pup
tents as a kid, I am in awe of the numerous sizes and shapes
available today. I would love the opportunity to contribute a
more "seasoned" perspective to the general discussion of all the new
As stated above, we have a number of trips planned for this year.
These include trips to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mt.
Rogers Virginia, and Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina. Our
elevation will range from 500 ft. (152m) to 6500 ft. (1981m).
Temperatures will range from a high of 85 F (29 C) to a low below 40
F (4 C).
We will go in every type of weather condition including wind and
rain. We will find ourselves in balmy summer evenings, and
ferocious afternoon thunderstorms. We will have the pleasure of
setting up the tent during rain, and packing it away in the same.
In every situation the performance of the tent will be documented
including elevation, air temperature, wind conditions, what the
condition of the ground was (wet clay, sandy, rock, etc.) and how
the tent performed. This documentation will be in the form of
photographs as well as written notes.
For the initial report I will report on the following:
- Is the stitching done properly, are the seams all taped and
- Fit and finish of all parts
- How quickly and easily it sets up
- Conformance to specs.
- Do the directions that come with the tent accurately reflect
the tent? Are they clear and easy to follow? Are they "one size
fits all" directions that are supposed to cover several different
models or are they written specifically for this product?
- How long did it take to set up the first time?
- General first impression comments on everything from the
quality of the stakes to the availability of pockets, to the size
and function of the stuff sacks.
The field and long-term reports would expand on these points and add:
- Does the tent stand up to 25 30 times being pitched, then
packed away and re-pitched somewhere else the next night.
- Can it stand up to thunderstorms, high winds, and probably
- Do the zippers stay snag free and work well after many
repeated usages over a period of time.
- Do the stakes retain their shape or do they become aluminum
pretzels after a period of time.
- Is pitching the tent intuitive enough that it can be done in
the dark after a few times? Can it be pitched in the rain and
remain dry inside?
- Does the floor completely repel water or is a ground cloth
- Are there storage pockets inside and places to stash small
things? Is there a ceiling loop to hang a headlamp on for use as a
tent lantern? In short, what do you give up to save the weight?
- How small does it pack? How long are the poles when
disassembled? Does it fit comfortably into my pack?
Conclusion: I have been doing a lot of reading and comparing of
tents in the last few months as that is probably my next major
purchase. I have experience with both one and two man tents from
other manufacturers (Kelty, and Eureka). I feel strongly that I can
bring an experienced perspective to this review and deliver a
quality product to Backpackgeartest.org
Other applications out: Primus Micron Stove
Other Tests: Snot Spot (not started yet)
Tester status: Newbie
Tester enthusiasm: HIGH
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Thank you for the opportunity to test new gear. I have already found
BGT to be an invaluable tool when considering gear purchases. I
look forward to contributing the best product reviews I possibly can
to this outstanding resource.