APPLICATION: Patagonia Micro Puff Vest - Jamie DeBenedetto
- I thought a micro puff is what happend when babies with powdered
bottoms toot??? Hardy Har Har!!
Please consider my application to test the Patagonia Micro Puff
Vest. I have read the test requirements stated in the BGT Tester
Bylaws as of Jan. 2008 and I promise to comply with them to the best
of my abilities. My Tester Agreement is on file and I am not a new
If selected I'm pretty sure I will need a size Large. My first
color choice would be the Daffodill.
Jamie J. DeBenedetto
Female, 35 years old
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
Weight: 160 lb (73 kg)
Personal Website: www.mydog8az.com
Location: Phoenix, Arizona - The Grand Canyon State
Date: Feb. 4th, 2008
I began backpacking twenty years ago after a childhood packed with
camping, day hiking, fishing, and rafting. At present I hike in some
capacity about ten times a month, usually in Arizona with either the
Canine Hiking Club or with my family. I prefer to sleep in a hammock
and I gravitate toward multifunctional gear that will enhance my
comfort level for minimal weight. My total backpacking weight year
round is rarely above 25 lbs (11 kg) for outings of two to three
Test Area Information and Upcoming Trips
All testing will be conducted in Arizona. Winter and spring are
busy hiking seasons here in the Desert Southwest and I have several
trips planned leading up to summer. I have had to cut down on the
monthly overnight outings I was doing due to an ongoing family
member's health issue. Lately I have been getting in one overnight
trip (backpacking or car camping) about every other month or two in
addition to long and short day hikes eight to ten times a month. I
work as a hike leader for a local Parks and Rec Dept. so I at least
get in two longer day hikes each month with them. I feel even with
this change I can still give quality reviews depending on the type
of gear. I have been selective with regard to what I apply for and
I believe the Micro Puff Vest is within my testing abilities.
Here's where and how I plan to test it.
February thru April I would be using the vest on the early morning
and evening hikes I generally take two to three times a week. All
are either in or on the outskirts of Phoenix, which is at an
elevation below 2,200 ft (670 m). With the onset of winter I expect
temps between 35 F (1.5) and 60 F (15.5 C) for all these treks.
February thru June I have six day hikes, two overnight backpacking
treks and one three day car camping trip planned for these months in
various locations around AZ. Lowest elevation is 1,600 ft (500 m)
and the highest will be 7,500 ft (2,300 m). I expect temperatures
to range between 40 F (4 C) and 75 F (24 C).
The Micro Puff Vest would be used during the colder months of this
test period to augment the Red Ledge Exile Shoftshell I am currently
testing or as a stand alone piece depending on the temps. In May
and June I have a day hike and an overnight backpacking trip planned
for higher elevations where I'm assuming a light insulation layer
will still be needed. I would use the Micro Puff in this role. I
would also like to use it as a pillow while backpacking.
Why I'm Applying
The Micro Puff looks pretty sharp on the Patagonia website and a
vest is definitely a doable piece of outerwear well into the early
summer months around here. The website description, "Lightweight,
windproof, compressible and earth-conscious core warmth" also caught
my eye. That's just about everything I look for in a garment, wow!!
How could I pass this test opportunity up? Finally, I'm down to
only two tests and both are in the LTR phase so I thought I better
start jumping in on stuff now.
Proposed Test Plan
If chosen for this test I will be evaluating the following aspects:
*All manufacture claims -
*Fit & Function
I don't always have good luck with the fit of women's garments
because I am tall but with a vest, sleeve length shouldn't be a
factor, right? Well I will still be reporting on how accurate their
sizing chart was, how well the garment moves with me and how it
works with my body types. On the function front I will evaluation
the claims that it is lightweight, windproof, water-resistant, warm
when wet, and compressible.
Like the chinflap, non-snag windflap, pockets, zippers, stuff sack
option, etc.. There are too many bells and whistles but I will keep
track of how they all perform and hold up to use.
*Care and Cleaning
Didn't see much on the website about this but I will follow the
directions to the best of my ability and report on how well the
inner and outer material hold up.
I do not plan to subject this garment to any situations beyond what
I would consider normal backcountry use but I will be watching
closely for wear and tear and report on any issues should they
arise. I will also report on how well or poorly the insulation stays
put. The manufacturer claims it "won't drift or quilt". Let's find
Other apps I have pending:
Blue Dessert SmarTube LTR phase
Red Ledge Exile Softshell LTR phase
Previously written reports:
Direct link to all reports -
Other BGT Contributions
I am currently monitoring the Golite Adrenaline 20 Sleeping Bagþ test
and I am the Edit Admin. Manager for the Owner Review Queue.
Thank you for your time and for considering my application.
Jamie J. DeBenedetto