IR Warmfront :RE-POST: DOUG MCCOY
- My Humblest apologies every one. There has been a serious lack of
understandign on my part in regaurds to the warmfront. Here (I hope)
is the IR with HTML and ready for edit. I promise I will saty on top
of this from here on out. It proved itself worthy this weekend on my
oop. Butyouall will have to wait for the FR on that one. Again sorry
for such the delay, and miscomunications of it all.
TEST SERIES BY DOUGLAS MCCOY
February 11, 2008
NAME: Douglas McCoy
LOCATION: Spokane, Washington (State) U.S.A.
HEIGHT: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
WEIGHT: 200 lb (90.70 kg)
I've always been intrigued by the outdoors, and as a kid I sometimes
stayed on a farm or did some camping, but never really had the
opportunity to fully enjoy the outdoors until about 7 years ago. I
really got serious about backpacking 4 years ago, and it is now more
of a lifestyle than an activity. Most of my backpacking is solo and
often off trail "via throw a dart on a topo" and plot a route. In
accordance with this, I've transitioned from "heavy" to "ultralight",
and constantly seek ways to lighten my load and share my ever growing
knowledge with others.
PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
Year of Manufacture: 2008
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE -
"http://www.thewarmfront.com/home.html" LINK TEXT
MSRP: US $ 24.99 U.S.
Listed Weight: NA
Measured Weight: 2.4 oz (68 g)
Other details: Taken from the Warmfront website: The Warmfront is
made in the USA from the best technical Malden Mills fleece that
blocks the wind, yet breathes and transfers perspiration from your
body so you don't get cold and wet from sweat.
Road. Mountain. Commuter. CX. Ski. Board. XC. Moto
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the outside of my jersey">>
The Warmfront is a rectangular piece of wind resistant fleece with
a stretchy neck strap that is secured around my neck. It is designed
to be worn against my chest beneath my hiking apparel or cycling
jersey to provide and added layer of frontal warmth and protection
from wind and slight rain. The main body of the Warmfront is
approximately 14 inches (36 cm) wide and 20 inches (51 cm) tall. The
neck strap measures about 16.5 inches (42 cm) long by 2 inches (5 cm)
wide and is stretchier in comparison to the Warmfront itself. It has
a simple hook and loop fastener that extends about 2 inches (5 cm)
which makes the neck piece about 18 inches (46 cm) in total length.
My initial impressions with the Warmfront is hopeful. I have not yet
had the oportunity to test is as of yet because we have been
recieving a rash of snow storms that has left up to 2 ft (61cm) in my
front yard at an elevation of 2000 ft (610 m). So because of the
current road conditions it has prevented me from even being able to
get to a local park or one of my favorite hiking areas to test it
out. As soon as the weather "clears" I will be able to get out and
some testing with it, and taking it along on my early spring
backpacking trips. I will be also using the Warmfrontin my regular
riding routine that I do, but the focus of my testing will be done in
regaurds to backpacking since that is whom and what I am tetsing it
I must admit the the Warmfront looks like a fleece bib. But as far
as functionality I can only speculate that it will perform up to the
task it is given, which is to protect me against the wind and
elements. It has a nice soft comfy fleece feel against my skin, neck
strap does not chock me in any way, but I only have a 15in (38 cm)
neck so there is no worries there.
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fully zipped, note neck strap position">>
READING THE INSTRUCTIONS
There were non provided. But the product is straight forward and easy
to figure out on how to put it on. There is a tag attached to the
lower part of the body that gives washing instructions: "Machine Wash
Warm" "Do Not Bleach" "Tumble Dry Low".
TRYING IT OUT
I put the Warmfronton just for initial testing purposes and photo
shoot. I did it with my cycling gear on because I figure if it is
going to fit under my cycling gear then it will fit under my loose
fitting hiking shirts. I like the way it feels against my skin and
has a secure fit around my neck. I was able to tuck it under my
jersey and smooth it out well enough to not agitate me with clumps
under my jersey. It did kind of give me a "poofy" look but that is
expected when wearing a base layer of clothing over an already snug
fitting long sleeve riding jersey. I had free range of motion when
swinging back and forth and it did not "ride up" my torso enough to
My main testing strategy will be on my early spring backpacking trips
where the temps ranges will be from 20 to 50 f ( -6to 10 c) I may
include it in a few snow board trips as well. The elevations will be
from 1500 ft to 4500ft ( 457 to 1372 m) which keeps me below and at
snow melt levels for the months of February through April which is
when the field report is due. I also will be testing it on my day
hikes around town and in the vicinity of where I live. The temp
ranges will be the same as stated above.
Some items I am going to look for in testing the Warmfront are:
Does it breathe as stated?
Will it keep me warm in adverse weather conditions or on a long
descent after heavy sweating?
Will it block the wind?
How easy is it to take on and off while still being under clothing?
Will it stay in place or does it bunch up while hiking?
How versatile is it?
Will there be any piling?
Is the snap and hook closure going to stay in place after along
period of use?
Will the surged edges remain en-tac or will they begin to unravel?
This concludes my Initial Report. Please check back in approximately
2 months for my Field Report to see how the Warmfront has been
performing in the early spring season. I would also like to thank
BackpackGearTest and Warmfront for letting me test this gear item.
This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
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