Application for test: Exped MultiMat - Kurt Papke
- Application: Exped MultiMat - Kurt Papke
Please accept my application to test the Exped MultiMat. I agree to
comply with all the report requirements including Chapter 5 found in
the BackpackGearTest.org bylaws v. 0609 which I most recently read on
June 6, 2008.
Name: Kurt Papke
Height: 6' 4" (193 cm)
Weight: 220 lbs (100 kg)
Email address: kwpapke at gmail dot com
City, State, Country: Minneapolis, MN USA
Date: July 1, 2008
Backpacking Background: mostly in Minnesota - I've done all of the
Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) and Border Route (BRT). Dayhiking in
Michigan, Wisconsin, Utah, Colorado and Oregon. Mostly Spring/Fall
seasons, but plan to do more summer hiking this year. Have been a tent
camper in the past, but started using my new Hennessey hammock this
Spring. Typically hike with ~20-25 lb baseweight, 15-17 miles/day
pace, most backpacking trips are 1 week in duration.
Testing would take place in Oregon (spending July with my daughter in
Portland) if it arrives in time, on the North Shore of Minnesota, the
Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and western Wisconsin. The terrain would
be forested hills/valleys, with some mountain hiking in Oregon.
Temperatures will vary during the test period from around the freezing
point to the 80's in July, though if the LTR period stretches into
November the mat could see some temperatures well below freezing.
My principal use will be as bottom insulation for my Hennessey
Explorer Ultralight Hammock. I am an ardent user of the Hennessey
SuperShelter, so I will test its performance in many hammock
- Laying on it directly in the hammock with/without the SuperShelter
- Using it as an adjunct to my Thermarest (no SS) inside the hammock
to keep my shoulders warm. I could likely fold to double or even
quadruple the layers to test its effectiveness on my shoulders
- As the sole insulation layer above my Undercover (no OCF pad)
- As auxilliary insulation in the Supershelter (with OCF pad) as a
replacement for the space blanket I currently use
- As an additional layer to augment the OCF pad and space blanket
The way I have tested my current insulation system is to begin the
night with minimal insulation underneath me, and add layers as the
night gets colder. I will use the same methodology with the MultiMat
to ascertain its effectiveness.
I will also test the mat a few times as a lining layer in my tent
underneath my Thermarest while begrudgingly sleeping on the ground.
I will evaluate the product for:
- Usability: how easy is the blanket to deploy (and keep in place)
inside the hammock or in the Undercover?
- Reliability & robustness: how well does the mat resist rips and
tears, particularly when entering/exiting the bottom entrance slit in
- Functionality: How much warmth does the mat add? How does it
compare with a space blanket?
- Insulation/weight effectiveness: the Multimat weighs in at 19 oz,
how well does it stack up to a space blanket or the Hennessey OCF pad
in warmth delivered versus weight and bulk?
- Packability: how small does the mat re-pack after use? Can it be
rolled up in my #4 snakeskins with the rest of my SuperShelter?
I graduated from noobiness recently with the completion of my Kombi
Latitude LTR. I am in LTR test on the Mountainsmith Boundary pack and
FR test on the Adventure Medical products, and waiting on delivery of
the Aquamira Pro Filter. I have one other application pending on the
Moflow hydration system.
My reviews: http://www.backpackgeartest.org/tester_reviews/kwpapke
Thank you for your consideration.