Application Badger Balm Jenn Estrella
- Application to Test the Badger Products- Jenn Estrella
Kenny please accept my application to test the Badger products. I
have read the Backpackgeartest.org Bylaws v. 0609, especially
Chapters 4 and 5, the Appendices, and the BGT survival guide. I have
a full understanding of the bylaws and I will follow them to the
fullest extent. I am testing four items at this time and I do not
foresee any difficulty testing these items if I am selected. I have
an LTR due on March 9th, so that would bring me down to three items.
I believe I handle my test load very well. I have not been late on
submitting any of my reports.
Name: Jennifer Estrella
Height: 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight: 140 lb (64 kg)
Email address: jennksnowy at yahoo dot com
City, State, and Country: Orange County, California, United States
After getting into the outdoors scene camping while 4-wheeling and
day-hiking, I switched to backpacking in the early 2000's. I have
backpacked extensively in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho along with
California, Pennsylvania and Nevada. I have slowly been cutting my
base weight to be able to go longer in both duration and distance. I
have done so mainly by using better gear and dumping heavy luxuries.
(I also married a Sherpa to help.) I backpack year round in all
weather, and usually take a free standing tent and a gas stove on all
my trips. I love trying out new gear.
During the winter and spring/summer months I will be backpacking in
the San Jacinto and San Gorgonio Wilderness areas in Southern
California (Cleveland National Forest) for quick overnighters and 2
night trips. I would also be going on day hikes in this area and
Cleveland National Forest. The daytime temperatures in this region
will vary from about 50 F (10 C) to 60 F (16 C).
I would also like to visit Northern California on a winter
backpacking trip early in the spring or some time in May. There are
no definite plans at this point for such a trip but I would like to
make it happen. I would like to visit the Kings Canyon area. I no
longer work full time so I would be able to make this trip happen.
The first of April I have a trip planned to Red Rocks Area of Nevada.
I will be there for three nights. The temperatures should be around
60 F (16 C) to 70 F (21 C) for this trip.
I would also be able to use the Badger products during a four day
backpacking trip the end of May in Yosemite National Park. I think
the daytime temperatures will be in the mid to upper 50's F (10 C).
I would also use the products as needed daily during the testing
period. I would use the lip balm pretty much daily for my lips and as
needed for dry skin. I would use the Sore Joint Rub as needed for my
tendonitis after/during my daily fitness walks along with my hikes
and backpacking trips. The Healing Balm I would find use for to treat
my Eczema from wearing gloves at work and for calluses, cracks, and
dry skin as needed. My hands tend to get cracked from rock climbing.
If selected to test these products I would have them available for me
to use at all times during the testing period.
Information Pertinent to This Test
I have used Badger products in the past but none of these items up
for testing. I try to use natural products (if they are effective)
for my skin and for healing purposes. By looking at the ingredients
in the products I do not notice any that would cause an allergic
reaction or that would be contraindicated for me to use.
All products: I would evaluate how easy the tins are to open and
close, especially if there is some on my hands after application. I
would also be interested in the consistency of the products relative
to temperature changes.
I would also see if the scents are overpowering and if they can be
used in bear country. I would really like to use the Sore Joint Rub
in bear country for my tendonitis in my left leg. I have been using
Biofreeze as my treatment of choice lately but it has that camphor
Do the products last for the entire test period when used daily? How
often do I have to reapply the products? Are the products sticky? Do
the products easily absorb into my skin? Are they oily or grease
Sore Joint Rub: I am wondering if the Sore Joint Rub has a scent or
properties that make my eyes water or if they come in contact with my
eyes, do my eyes burn. When I open my Biofreeze my eyes start to
water. I want to know if this is effective on my leg tendonitis. I
would do an application before walking, hiking, and backpacking and
as needed during the trip. My tendonitis flares up on all my
backpacking trips and day hikes. The fragrance in this product is
supposed to be natural and I am wondering what it smells like. I
would also use this as a muscle rub after hiking and biking as
needed. I have poor foot circulation and I am wondering if this
product would help. I would also use it if I get a sprain or muscle
stiffness. My right ankle is generally stiff since my surgery. Does
the black pepper fragrance help with mental clarity as indicated by
Lip Balm: Is the fragrance I am provided with pleasant and does it
have a natural flavor? Does the lip balm wear off quickly or is it
cakey on my lips? Does the lip balm dry out my lips or have a waxy
feel? Does it increase my thirst? Is it moisturizing-how long? Is
it effective for dry skin treatment on other areas as indicated by
the manufacturer? Can I use it for dry cuticles? Does it make my
fingers soft after rock climbing scrapes?
Healing Balm: How effective is this in treating Eczema? I get Eczema
from wearing powdered gloves at work. I would try this on my dry
feet? I wear open shoes allot in Southern California and I like to
have smooth feet. Does it help with control of calluses? I always
have calluses on two of my toes. Is it effective in treating my skin
after rock climbing and for splits, cuts, and scrapes? I would also
try it as a soothing muscle rub after hiking.
Previously Written Reports
My previously written reports can be found at:
Owner Reviews: 15
Completed Tests: 26
Currently Testing Other Items: 4
Red Ledge Allegory Jacket long term reporting due on March 17
Clif Shot Bloks long term report due March 9
Salomon XT Wings WP W trail running shoes long term report due on
DeLorme PN-40 GPS- awaiting arrival
Applications Pending: None
BGT Involvement: Mentor Coordinator, Mentor, and Monitor.
Thank you for your consideration in testing the Badger Products. I
would be more that happy to give these products a thorough testing.