FR - Mountain About GatrGuard - Wayne
- For your editing pleasure
Field Test Report:
2 Dec 2007
Trips during Field Test period:
Brisbane Ranges: 3 days on track. Elevations ranged from 100 m (330 ft)
to 400 m (1330 ft), with temperatures from 10 C (50 F) to 30 C (86 F).
There was some overnight rain, but none while walking. The terrain
included a significant amount of shale rock.
South West Tasmania: 16 days on and off track. Elevations ranged from
sea level to 1100 m (3630 ft), with temperatures from 5 C (41 F) to 25 C
(77 F). Most days were dry, but I walked through some rain including a
storm. Humidity was medium to high. Terrain included lots of mud, which
at times was more than 1 m (3.3 ft) deep. On track conditions included a
significant amount of rocks and stones.
My experience with the GatrGuard:
My first two months with the MountainAbout GatrGuard included two trips
(detailed above) which were not the easiest walking conditions for
gaiter straps. The first trip included almost constant walking on shale
rock, which made me wonder just how long the GatrGuards were going to
last. Both straps showed very little wear at the conclusion of the trip.
At this stage I was very positive about the GatrGuards, as they were
outperforming the metal cables that I had used in the past.
My second trip was in South West Tasmania, and this area is well known
for being quite muddy. My first few days were on the Port Davey track,
which was the most muddy section of the trip. The track is quite
overgrown which means that the mud is at times unavoidable, and on quite
a number of occasions, I was in thigh deep mud. It was in these
conditions that the GatrGuards began to struggle. The straps are held in
place by shock cord with a clamp. This binding, which gave me no
problems in the Brisbane Ranges failed in Tasmania. One strap came off
on the first day, and even though I would check the shock cords on an
hourly basis, the second strap failed on the 7th day. I lost one strap.
As the straps failed, I began to use the straps that came with my
gaiters, which are secured using a buckle, and this mechanism survived
the trip, although those straps gained quite a bit of wear.
The conditions that we experienced in Tasmania were hard on our
equipment â€“ everyone in our walking party experienced breakages in
shoelaces. My boots didn't fall apart, but they were not anywhere near
as good as when the trip started. The conditions were harder on
equipment than the last time I was in SW Tassie.
Even though the conditions in SW Tassie were harder on equipment than
all of my other walking, I do think that the GatrGuard needs a more
secure method of attachment. A climbing friend has suggested using
static cord, and I intend to do this for the long term review of this
test series. I also think that the shock cord attachment would survive
most, but not all of my usual walking. As for the straps themselves,
they survived conditions that would have seen the end of other straps I
have used. The picture above shows a strap after 10 days of use, and
even though I need new cords, the strap itself shows very little sign of
wear, and I would imagine it would still be good after another 10 days
of the same conditions.
- EDIT: FR - Mountain About GatrGuard - Wayne
Wayne- just one edit....
> The conditions that we experienced in Tasmania were hard on ourEdit: it looks like somehow a glitch got in.... I'm wondering if you
> equipment â" everyone in our walking party experienced breakages in
tried to use "&" and it threw the program off. If so, just
substitute "and" and you're ready to upload.
- Hi Wayne
Thanks for your field report which is interesting. I have a couple of
modifications for you to make please. I would like the sentence I have
quoted below removed. We focus on reporting what we experience not what we
think may happen. The balance of the paragraph is fine.
I would also like to see in your report more details on the breakage or wear
to the guards if you can.
In respect to the modifications, you need to run these past your Test
Moderator if not already done so. We normally test the gear as supplied
unless there is a risk involved. Please refer to the Survival Guide for more
guidance on this topic.
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I also think that the shock cord attachment would survive most, but not all
of my usual walking.