Application to Test Primus Lunch Jug - Dawn Larsen
- Please accept my application to test the Primus Lunch Jug. My test
agreement was mailed 2 July 2008. 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
July 2, 2008.
Name: Dawn Larsen
Height: 5' 4" (163 cm)
Weight: 165 lb (74 kg)
Email address: vicioushillbilly AT yahoo DOT com
Florence, South Carolina USA
Date: 1 October 2008
I used to backpack in college a zillion years ago and just recently
(in the last year) backpacked some private trails twice in Tennessee.
I have been an avid car-camper for ten years and I have kayak/canoe
camped for three years, both mostly in Tennessee, Missouri and
Arkansas. I use a lot of the same equipment for both. I hike
hilly/rocky trails especially in Tennessee and Missouri. I just moved
to South Carolina and am planning to check out the terrain here with
my fifteen year-old son.
Generally, my son and I camp and kayak in and around Florence, SC. I
also ride my bike to work 3-4 days per week, rain or shine, and take
my lunch to work by bike on those days. Food is a big deal with us as
we are both cooks. No freeze-dried or processed stuff for us (very
often anyway). We have planned the following trips for the fall and
1. Train trip to Charleston, SC October 3-6. We will take several
train trips this fall and winter on the spur of the moment (it is so
fabulous to live near a train). I will travel with my backpack. We
take our dinner on the train with us so we don't have to eat lousy
train food. This could be great for soups on train trips. Charleston
weather is humid and windy since it is on the coast. Temperature
range from 70-90 degrees F (21-32 degrees C) during the day to 60-70
degrees F (15-21 degrees C) at night.
2. Car camping in Columbia, South Carolina at Dreher Island State Park
October 24-26. South Carolina can be boiling in September with
temperatures generally falling in the 90 100 degree F (32 38
degrees C) range during the day and 70 80 degree F (21 27 degrees
C) range at night; or mild 70 degrees F (21 degrees C) during the day
to mid-50s degrees F (mid-10 degrees C) at night. The weather changes
at a moment's notice. It may rain or be hot and dry. Like TN, we have
to pack for all kinds of weather. The soil is sandy and this
particular park sits in the middle of a large lake so it is very
windy. We will bring our kayaks and be on the water every day. Like
TN, it is always humid, especially on a lakeshore.
3. Backpacking on the Current River section of the Ozark Trail,
December 2008. The weather in Missouri is very unpredictable,
generally humid. Winter temperatures can range from below freezing
during the day to 75 degrees F (24 degrees C) with below freezing at
night sometimes. We will be climbing a fairly steep grade near the end
of the first day and descending the same grade at the beginning of day
2. We will be hiking about 12 miles (19 km) in and back out.
4. I belong to a group of kayakers called the Sumter Hiking, Cycling
and Adventure Club. We paddle and camp at the spur of the moment. So
if someone posts a trip on the website, we very often join them.
Usually it is around Sumter, SC. Conditions there are much like those
5. I ride my bike to work at least 3 days per week, a little over 8
miles (13 k) one way. I jam full stuff sacks in my soft messenger bag
that I strap on a bike rack and into my panniers. I ride rain or
shine. I ride half way on a side street and then half way on the
shoulder of a major four-lane highway. There is a lot of road dirt,
grime, and dust that gets into my pannier, which is really a wire
basket with stuff sacks, and this jug possibly, etc. jammed in it.
There may be other trips this fall and early winter, as well. After
October, all car camping (every couple of weekends) will be in South
Carolina most likely in state parks. We especially like to camp in
the fall when the weather is cooler. We also plan to do a beach camp
on a weekend. Backpacking trips may crop up from time to time. I hope
to backpack a couple of South Carolina trails in the fall. Temperature
in South Carolina rarely gets below 50 degrees F (10 degrees C) at
night or above 80 degrees F (26 degrees C) during the day in the late
fall and early winter. It is in January and February, when temps fall
below 40 degree F at night.
My strategy is to use this jug a lot. I really need something to hold
olive oil when I camp/backpack that won't leak. I want something that
I can put a cup of tea in to take with me and drink after I ride my
bike to work on cold days.
Wear - Will this jug break? crack? wash well? Will odors, oil linger
after washing? Can you wash it in a dishwasher? Does it come apart to
clean? Is there an o-ring used to seal it? If so, and the o-ring
breaks, will it still be leak-proof? Can you cook in it? Can you pour
boiling water into it to steep tea or make couscous? Is it squirrel,
Weight - Is it really light enough to backpack with?
Leaks - Will it leak around the lid? How will temperatures affect the
jug? If there is liquid in the jug, even if it is vacuum-sealed, will
the liquid expand/contract and make the jug leak?
Temperature It is double-walled, but will it keep something hot
after a 1 hour bike ride? or cold after a hot hike? Will the outside
of the jug be hot or cold to the touch depending upon what is inside
it? Will it sweat?
Choice: .5L please
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Thank you for considering this application and thanks to Primus for
providing the Lunch Jug for testing Dawn Larsen.