APPLICATION TO Rock rough with aPatagonia Micro Puff!
- APPLICATION to Test: Patagonia Micro Puff Vest
MIKE J. DAURIO JR.
I have read The BackpackGearTest.org Bylaws v. 0609, the appendices,
and the Survival Guide.
My tester agreement is on file. I agree to comply with requirements
as outlined in the Bylaws.
Name: Mike J. Daurio Jr.
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lb
Email Address: MIKEJR232323 AT aol DOT com
Location: WONDER LAKE IL USA
Backpacking background: I've been camping as long as I can
My backpacking experience is quite new. I lead a wilderness canoe
trip to the Ozark National Scenic Waterways every year. We canoe up
to 60 miles of the Current River and do day hikes about every other
day. This year we completed a 20 mile section of the Ozark trail when
finished canoeing. We will be returning again in 2008. I also spend
in Voyageurs National Park every year as my fiancée's family owns a
home on Lake Kabetogama. We spend about a week canoeing and
exploring the islands. This year we completed a 2-day adventure
on the Locator lake trail and another two day trip to Cruiser Lake.
My spring and summer are also filled with many day hikes and small
camping trips to the many state parks in Illinois and Wisconsin. My
favorite being Kettle Moraine State park in Wisconsin.
In October of 2005 I backpacked Thailand for 10 days. This was the
start of my love for backpacking and carrying all my supplies on my
My pack varies in size due to the nature of the trip. They range
from a larger camelback style on dayhikes, to an Ultra Light pack that
can hold a weeks worth of clothes and supplies. I am mostly a
spring, summer and fall backpacker.
I will be using the vest for a bunch of different outdoor
activities. I have two overnight trips planned in the cold. I am
inexperienced in the cold weather camping category but figure I must
try it if I ever want to upgrade to mountain trips. I will be
spending the night on a 34 mile (55 km)trip to Kettle Moraine State
Park in Wisconsin. I do have a few day hikes planned for Menominee
and Nicolet National forests and I walk my dogs in the conservation
areas by my house almost daily.
In addition to hiking the vest will see tremendous use throughout
the remainder of winter and on cool spring days. I snowboard, and
take the nieces and nephew sledding. I Perform morning trail running
in a County Conservation area lasting about 1 hour about three times
a week. I also am awaiting the return of spring so I can get the
mountain bike down from storage and out on the trails. I mention
these activities because I see myself wearing the vest at least once
Temperatures in the Chicago land area can get down below 0 degrees F
(-18 C). I am hoping to test the garment and plan my trips in
temperatures around 30 degrees F (-1 C). Terrain will consist of
dense boreal forests and glacial formed hills covered in meadow
I will also be planning a trip to Peru. It may be that the garment
will be used there also.
I plan my test around a few categories: Comfort and fit, function,
Comfort and fit:
Based on the information on the website I would need a large sized
vest. I have two complaints about my current puffy vest. Whenever I
raise my arms above my head my puffy blocks my view with the bulky
chest area in the front. Second the arms and back shoulders are
constricting for movement. When testing this category, Most of my
focus will revolve around how the ergonomics and fit of the vest
performs on the physical activities. Mentioned above. I will also be
commenting on the look, feel, and comfort of the material, fill, and
Function: The vest will be tested in a wide variety of ways. I
have been selected to test the Golite Echo wind shell and this vest
will compliment the test perfectly. I will comment on how well it
keeps me warm under each combination of layers I use with. Bottom
line is warmth with the vest. I will comment on how warm the vest
makes me feel and I'll also comment on how the fabric keeps the
balance of warmth, wicking, odor protection and weight. Does it
retain loft well after being packed? When being used on the outside
the vest may see rain, mist, sleet, snow, or freezing rain. I will
comment on how the Deluge DWR finish fares under the conditions and
how well it protects. Does the zipper let in a draft? I will most
likely be sweating under the vest during a run or vigorous ride on
the bike. How does the vest perform under these conditions?
Sometimes I will be hauling the vest in my pack. Does it compress
well? I see the inner pocket doubles as the stuff sack and comes with
a carbiner loop. I will comment on how easy the vest compresses in
the sack and the measurement of the stowed vest. The website lists
its weight at 10oz. which is impressive.
Durability: This garment will be used frequently this winter and
spring. I expect to comment on its stitching and durability through
numerous wearings and washings. I will comment on its care
suggestions and how it performs under them. If allowed by the care
instructions I will be caring for the product using Nikwax.
I am impressed by Patagonia's use of post-consumer products for the
construction of the vest. I will make mention of its construction in
the IR in detail. I will then comment on how the new and innovative
Size: After researching the website I'd request a size large to
test. I am indifferent on the color chosen to test but like the
bright green color best .
I also have been chosen for the Above mentioned Golite echo shell and
the Clif Shot products and the Princeton Tec headlamp all in the
Field report section. I will not have a problem handling the test
In the 9 months I have been with BGT, I have completed seven
My stuff is found here:
Thank you for your consideration. If awarded the opportunity to test
the sweater It is guaranteed a tremendous amount of use.
Mike J. Daurio Jr.