TEST CALL: Getting Better Backcountry Sleep, Part 1
- Get a better night's sleep with this hybrid air/plush pillow during
your test of the Cocoon Ultralight Air-Core Pillow. It's bigger than
most AND lighter than most. The details:
Cocoon Ulralight Air-Core Pillow
Best viewed at http://www.rei.com/product/766035
Newbie Limit does NOT apply
US Shipping is fine (international assumed okay if tester pays postage)
Curt is the Mod
Please include the word "Cocoon" in your posted application
Applications deadline is 11:59 pm PST (GMT -7) on Tuesday, July 8th.
Can I apply for this first part, the pillow without applying for the
> Get a better night's sleep with this hybrid air/plush pillow during
> your test of the Cocoon Ultralight Air-Core Pillow. It's bigger than
> most AND lighter than most. The details:
> Cocoon Ulralight Air-Core Pillow
> Best viewed at http://www.rei.com/product/766035
> Newbie Limit does NOT apply
> US Shipping is fine (international assumed okay if tester pays postage)
> Curt is the Mod
> Please include the word "Cocoon" in your posted application
> Applications deadline is 11:59 pm PST (GMT -7) on Tuesday, July 8th.
> Sweet dreams!
- Hi Andrew,
They are 2 separate items - you don't need to apply for both.
On Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 11:42 PM, Andrew Preece <
> Hi[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> Can I apply for this first part, the pillow without applying for the
> second part?
> Andrew Preece
> nwcurt wrote:
> > Get a better night's sleep with this hybrid air/plush pillow during
> > your test of the Cocoon Ultralight Air-Core Pillow. It's bigger than
> > most AND lighter than most. The details:
> > Cocoon Ulralight Air-Core Pillow
> > Best viewed at http://www.rei.com/product/766035
> > <http://www.rei.com/product/766035>
> > Newbie Limit does NOT apply
> > US Shipping is fine (international assumed okay if tester pays postage)
> > Curt is the Mod
> > Please include the word "Cocoon" in your posted application
> > Applications deadline is 11:59 pm PST (GMT -7) on Tuesday, July 8th.
> > Sweet dreams!
> Yahoo! Groups Links
- Here you go Curt, an application to get your pile started.
Application to Test: Cocoon Ultralight Air-Core Pillow
Please accept my application to test the Cocoon Ultralight Air-Core
Pillow. I have read the BGT By-Laws (v. 0609) including Chapter 5 and
will comply with all testing requirements. My signed tester agreement
is on file, acknowledged by Chuck Carnes on April 16, 2008.
Name: Greg McDonald
Height: 6' 0" (1.83 m)
Weight: 225 lb (102.00 kg)
E-Mail: gdm320 AT yahoo DOT com
Location: Boynton Beach, Florida, United States
I have been camping for 16 years, 11 of them have included hiking in
the backcountry. I earned the rank of Eagle Scout and completed a 10-
day, 100+ mile (160+ km) trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch in the
mountains of New Mexico. The majority of my hikes are between 1 and 3
nights, mostly on the Florida Trail. I am a lightweight but
comfortably equipped hiker with a loaded pack including food and
water between 25 and 30 lb (11 and 14 kg).
Testing Locations, Conditions, and Activities:
Myakka State Park & The Florida Trail (Florida, United
States) Approximately Sea Level elevation with very little
variation, a few hundred feet at the most. The summer months are
particularly hot, with daytime temperatures averaging between 75 and
100 Fahrenheit (23 and 38 Celsius), cooling off in September to
October, which would likely be near the end of this test series. Of
course, rain is extremely common and can range between a weekend-long
drizzle to a half hour raging monsoon. High dew points are a
certainty, especially during the summer months. The precise number of
overnights for these locations will be a minimum of 2 nights,
possibly as many as 4. During the test series timeframe there will
also be several day hikes on these trails, likely 4 or 5 of them.
Appalachian Trail (North Carolina, United States) Likely
elevations ranging between 1450 and 3800 ft (450 and 1200 m) with
temperatures varying by elevation, average daytime highs are between
75 and 90 Fahrenheit (23 and 33 Celsius). Precipitation also varies
by elevation; with the higher elevations becoming increasingly wet
but the entire region is prone to drastic weather changes and rapidly
developing storms. This trek has a time length that is to be
determined, likely to be 3 nights.
Acadia National Park (Maine, United States) Elevations
ranging between Sea Level and 1500 ft (0 and 500 m) at its highest
peak. Heavy moisture and steady rain for several straight days is
entirely normal in this region. Daytime high temperatures range
between 70 and 80 Fahrenheit (20 and 27 Celsius). This trip will be a
single-night outing, likely with 2 days of hiking.
I currently use a Slumberjack pillowcase which I stuff with whatever
(preferably clean) spare clothing that I have. On one hand, it only
adds an ounce or so of weight to my pack. On the other hand, if its
day 6 on the trail I've blown through my supply of clean clothing and
the pillow becomes less than desirable.
Comfort Since we're talking about a pillow, how comfortable
it is might be the most important thing of all. Can I sleep on my
back, sides, or stomach and have appropriate head and neck support
but still remain comfortable? I am a restless sleeper, so will I roll
off the edge of the pillow? What are the overall inflated dimensions
of the pillow? How soft and comfortable is the microfiber shell on
the sleeping side? Does the ripstop nylon on the backside keep from
sliding around inside my sleeping bag hood? Does the pillow remain
firm and inflated throughout the night? The link provided to see the
pillow goes to REI, and there are two very negative reviews that both
said the pillow completely deflated halfway through the night so I
will be watching it very closely.
Setup How easy is the Cocoon Ultralight Air-Core Pillow to
inflate? How long and how many breaths does this process take? Is the
pillow self inflating at all? How long does this pillow take to
deflate? Does it deflate by itself, or do I have to squeeze it down
and roll it up tightly before it packs down?
Durability How durable is the pillow? Does the microfiber
shell hold up well over time? Does the ripstop nylon back hold up as
well? Do the materials discolor or wear abnormally? Do the edges or
seams delaminate at all? Can the pillow take some punishment, or does
it puncture easily?
Quality of Construction and Materials How well is the
pillow put together? Is the inflation valve of quality and well
secured to the body of the pillow? Are the seams glued, stitched, or
both? How complete is the job? Are there any obvious weak spots?
Packability How packable is the pillow? What are the
overall dimensions and weight when packed? Will the Cocoon Ultralight
Air-Core Pillow be worth the additional weight and space in my pack?
Cleaning Does the pillow show a lot of dirt, or does it
keep itself reasonably clean? What are the care instructions? How
must the pillow be cleaned?
Maintenance What sort of routine or emergency maintenance
can be performed on the pillow? Can temporary repairs be made easily
in the field if necessary? How easy or difficult are permanent
repairs made at home?
Essentially, if selected I will be subjecting the Cocoon Ultralight
Air-Core Pillow to rigorous usage under a variety of conditions.
1. Scarpa Kailash GTX Boots (IR uploaded, awaiting edit.
Entering FR stage.)
2. TrailDog Clothing Wicking T-Shirt (FR stage.)
3. Drafting one OR, afterwards I will be drafting ORs
specifically for the July OR Call.
Pending Applications: Humangear capCAP
My reviews are available here:
I would like to thank the involved call managers, monitors,
moderators, and Cocoon for your careful consideration of my
application to test the Cocoon Ultralight Air-Core Pillow, I look
forward to the selections.
- Please accept my application to test the Cocoon Ultralight Air-Core Pillow. I have read the
tester reporting requirements and agree to comply. I have also read the BackpackGearTest
Survival Guide, Version 0609, including Chapter 5. My Tester Agreement is on file.
Name: Sheila Morrissey
Height: 5'8" (1.7 m)
Weight: 155 lb (70 kg)
Email Address: geosheila(at)yahoo(dot)com
City, State, Country: Goleta, California, USA
Date: July 4, 2008
I hike and camp at every opportunity and in every season. I especially enjoy backpacking
in the Sierra Nevada and in Los Padres National Forest. My pack typically weighs around
25 lb (11 kg), including consumables. I use a tent, sleeping bag and sleeping bag when
backpacking, usually with a fleece jacket rolled up for a pillow. If selected to test this
pillow, I will mostly be using it in the pillow pocket of my Big Agnes Elbert sleeping bag.
Plans are in the works, but here's what I'm thinking for upcoming hiking/backpacking
trips. I will be sticking to California over the next few months. I will either hike at
elevations close to sea level or close to 9,000 ft (3,000 m). I might see sea spray or sunny
weather or thunderstorms. I'll hope for nice temperatures around 75 F (24 C) this summer,
but will see lower temperatures for sure in the fall, perhaps 45 F (7 C) at night.
Were you jealous of Rebecca's Lost Coast photos? I was. For my birthday (late July), I'm
headed up there for a few days to do the 25-mi (40-km) north-to-south beach walk.
After the birthday trip, so sometime in August probably, I'm going to the Sierras with my
other usual hiking partner. Turns out there are some lakes with the same name as her last
name, so I wrote her an email yesterday saying we have to go visit them. She responded,
"yes." I have an idea that they're at about 9,000 ft (3,000 m).
School starts again in late September, so I'll want to head up to the Eastern Sierra for
some hiking, either day hiking or backpacking, for a couple of days before classes begin.
I tend to stay on local trails more often during the quarter, so I'll probably go run around
for a weekend close to home in Los Padres National Forest at some point.
TESTING PLAN AND STRATEGY:
During my test of the Air-Core Pillow, I will address the following issues:
How comfortable is this pillow? Is it most comfortable only half-inflated? Can I feel any
I read the rumors that this pillow can't hold air very well overnight. Hopefully they've fixed
the problem and I'll be looking at just this does the pillow hold air overnight? Does the
pillow survive being tossed in a pack and perhaps being stepped on by a puppy dog?
My main question will be is it worth the weight and space this pillow takes up in my
Eureka! Mountain Breeze tent LTR due mid August
Timex Expeditions E-Tide Temp Compass watch LTR due early September
Big Agnes Elbert SL 35 sleeping bag FR due early September
Big Agnes Clearview Air Pad FR due early September
Westcomb Syncro Pant
TEST REPORT AND OWNER REVIEWS:
TESTER TRACKING PAGE:
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I'm second in line for another one as well.
I am also an OR editor and a mentor. I have completed 13 ORs, plus a BP in the works.