APPLICATION TO TEST: Patagonia Micro Puff Vest - Erich Roetz
- APPLICATION TO TEST the Patagonia Micro Puff Vest
Please accept my application to test the Patagonia Micro Puff Vest.
I have read the BGT By-Laws (v. 0609) including Chapter 5 and will
comply with all of the reporting terms and requirements. My signed
tester agreement is on file. I will have no difficulty meeting the
minimum expected use requirements and plan to use the vest more
than the required amount of time.
NAME: Erich Roetz
EMAIL: gerbil93 at gmail dot com
LOCATION: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 8" (1.7 m)
WEIGHT: 170 lb (77 kg)
Backpacking Background: I started backpacking when I was Boy Scout
over 27 years ago. I do mostly medium weight backpacking but I am
doing more lightweight backpacking now that my son is a Scout. We
camp one weekend a month all year round in temperatures from very hot
(Virginia summers of 100F/38C) to very cold (Pennsylvania winters -
below freezing) from sea level to about 2000 ft (610 meters)
If I am chosen to test the Patagonia Micro Puff Vest (further know
as the vest), I will test it in four separate locations on five
different trips: Virginia Beach, Virginia; Surry, Virginia; Valley
Forge, Pennsylvania; Crabtree Falls, Virginia. I should encounter
some snow and wet weather in the Piedmont area of Virginia and also
wet, cold weather in Valley Forge. On each trip, I will be out for
two to three nights with the exception of a 4 day hike over Spring
Break. The trips weekend trips will increase from 4 mi (6.4 km) to 10
mi (16.1 km) while the Spring Break trip will be about 3 mi (4.8 km)
The average temperatures for the locations are:
Virginia Beach, VA 54F to 36F (12C to 2C)
Surry, VA 50F to 30F (10C to -1C)
Valley Forge, PA 48F to 20F ( 9C to -7C)
Crabtree Falls, VA 51F to 27F (12C to -2C)
Comfort: How comfortable is the vest? How does it feel? How does
the douple-ripstip polyester shell (treated with Deluge® DWR) feel?
Does the vest chafe my armpits? Will it feel differently when I'm
sweating or when the vest is wet? Will the zipper chafe my neck?
Does the chinflap work? How well does the vest hold up against the
Fit: How does the vest fit over layers? Does it feel comfortable
when I'm wearing my backpack? Does it bunch up? Is the neck too
tight or too loose when zipped up? Is a Patagonia "medium" the same
as other mediums? Will the fit change after a couple of washings?
Warmth: Does the vest keep me warm? Does the recycled insulation
material keep me warm? How about when it's wet? How quickly does it
dry? Are the handwarmer pockets placed for comfortable access for my
hands (not too high or low)? Will they keep them warm? What type of
material lines the pockets? Does it warm up quickly?
Durability: How does the polyester shell hold up after multiple
outings? Does it get any pulls? How well does it stand up to
multiple washings? Will the color hold? Does it still feel as soft
as new? How quickly does it dry after a washing? Does the zipper
stick? What about after time?
Appearance: How does it look? Will I look like a pineapple in it?
Will I look as cool as I will feel? How well does the vest stuff
into the interior pocket? Does the carabineer rub when I wear the
vest? Is it useful to stuff it? Can I use the carabineer clip be
used to carry anything inside the vest? Are the interior pockets
Size preference is Medium.
Color Preference is Heritage Blue or Black.
Owner reviews can be found here:
Current Test Series:
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Kombi Latitude Gloves, FR due in March (the IR can be found here
Other Pending Applications:
Vargo Titanium Ti-Lite Sierra Cup
Big Agnes 3 Wire Bivy Sack
I would like to thank you and Big Agnes for your consideration,