Revised: Application - the Lowe Alpine TFX Summit 65+15 - Kevin H
- Coy Boy,
I revised the application to include the trail type and minimum
I am applying to test the Lowe Alpine TFX Summit 65+15 Pack
I have read Survival Guide v. 0609 and Bylaws V. 0609 (especially
Chapter 5 & 6 which focus on test and report requirements) and agree
to comply with all requirements. My signed Tester Agreement is on file
Name: Kevin Hollingsworth
Height: 6' 1" (1.9 m)
Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Email address: kholling55@...
City, State, Country: Williamsburg, Virginia. USA
I started backpacking and camping when I was in the Scouts. I spent 20
in the military, which curtailed my personal outdoors adventures. I
gone camping and then day-hiking in the surrounding area, but have
been on a few
multi-day hiking trips. While day-hiking, I normally carry a light
load, a waist
pack with mostly food and water, with a few other things. On three to
trips, I will carry a pack weighing about 45 - 50 lb (21 - 23 kg). I
hiking in Colorado, Korea, Egypt, and most recently Shenandoah.
I am planning on a few trips (around 4) in the Shenandoah National Park
between April and August. The elevation should be around 3000 ft (920 m).
The weather condition during the testing period will vary. During the
season the weather is usually wet, either drizzling or raining, with the
occasional light snow. The temperature ranges from 25 to 60 F (-4 to
During the summer season, the weather is usually clear, with some
rain. The normal temperature range is 60 to 85 F (15 to 35 C).
I am planning a trip to Mount Rogers in the April or May time frame. The
weather conditions should be similar to those in Shenandoah. The
be around 5700 ft (1740 m).
I am planning a trip to the Smokey Mountains National Park. This trip
be in the June/July time frame. I expect the temperature to be mild,
60 to 85 F
(15 to 35 C). The elevation should be around 5500 to 6500 ft (1676 to
Most of the trails (Shenandoah National Park and Mount Rogers) I will
be on are part of the Appalachian Trail or in the general area. This
will be my first trip to the Smokey Mountain, so I am still in the
planning stages. The trails will include either class 2 or class 3
trails as rated by U.S Forest Service and some rock scrabbles. The
trail length will be at least 4 to 5 miles.
I normally carry a 3930 cu in pack weighing approximately 50 lbs. When
I am hiking with my daughter, I carry all the common equipment (tent,
cooking hardware, ect.). The TFX Summit would give me a little extra
room for some of my stuff.
For this test, I plan to use the Lowe Alpine TFX Summit 65+15 on all
my outdoor trips. I plan to evaluate and report on the specific items
below and anything else that I discovery during the testing period:
Is it comfortable to wear? Does it have adequate head space? Is the
Body-shaped harness comfortable? Does the shoulder harness have enough
wide? Is the harness adjustable enough to fit with different type of
clothing? How does the waist band feel? How does the sternum strap
feel? How does the TFX® 9 adjustable back with micro adjust work?
How does it feel with different types of load? Does the "`Radial'
side compression" actually "controls the load and creates stability"?
How stable is the pack on different terrain?
How easy is it to pack and unpack? Can I reach my water bottle without
taking off the pack? The manufacture says that it is "Hydration system
compatible". How easy is it to use and what size bladder is used? Does
the hydration system take up much of the pack inner capacity when
used? Is it easy to use? How easy are the zippers to use? Will they be
easily snagged on the packs fabric? How easy is it to strap on my
trekking poles? Is there a place for my sleeping mat to strap on the
outside? How easy will it be to store my tent and its poles? Is there
a place specifically for my sleeping bag? Will it fit in the lower
compartment? Is the GPS pocket large enough to store other equipment?
Is there anyplace to clip carabineers on the outside? How well does
the rain cover work?
How durable is the pack? Does it stain easy? How durable is the
NHC330/N630/Ballistic fabric? How durable are the zippers? How durable
are the strapping points and hardware? How durable is the harness?
Will the harness rip or fray? Will the harness come apart from the
pack? How durable are the hand loops? Will they separate from the pack
after extended use? How easy is it to clean?
Exped Aries Mesh Tent Awaiting shipment
Columbia - Faster and Lighter Shell Awaiting shipment
Test Applications Currently under Consideration:
Columbia Omni Dry Pants
Clif Bar CranRazz Shot Bloks
Clif Bar Blueberry Crisp bars
Previously Written Reports:
Defeet Classico Socks
GoLite Drimove L/S
Kelty Mistral 20 Sleeping bag
Kriana Original Krill Lamp
Hi-Tec Altitude II Boots
Therm-a-Rest Trail Comfort
Victorinox Spartan Swiss Army Knife
Coast Lenser V2 Dual Color Torch
My reports and reviews can be found at:
Thank you for your consideration,