Application - Cutter Advanced Insect Repellant - Jennifer Pope
- Please accept my application to test the slew of Cutter Advanced
Insect Repellants. I have read the Survival Guide (v1202) and agree
to abide by the rules. My tester agreement is on file with Stephanie.
Name: Jennifer Pope
Height: 5'7" (1.7 m)
Weight: 140 lbs (64 kg)
Email address: jennifer dot pope at gmail dot com
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: July 28, 2005
Newbie. I've been a car-camper as long as I can remember and started
backpacking in Northern California when I was 16. I'm starting to get
back into backpacking after a hiatus during college. I now live
Southern California and so far I've only backpacked in the Angeles
National Forest but I'm planning on branching out to other Southern
California mountain areas; the California desert; and the Sierra in
the summer months. I'm a tent camper leaning towards lightweight; but
I am a fan of gadgets and I like being comfortable. I also do a mix
of short and long day hikes in and around Los Angeles.
I would test this insect repellant in and around the greater Southern
California area from the desert to the high Sierra and from sea level
to over 10,000 ft (3050 m). Temperatures should range from around
freezing to the 90s F (30 C). Weather is somewhat unpredictable, but
I try to stay out of inclement conditions if possible.
Many of my trips are spur of the moment, but right now I have 2
wilderness permits (for the Sierras) secured that would fall in the FR
stage providing 4 backpacking nights of testing and 2 additional
car-camping nights of testing. The Sierras are notorious for their
mosquitoes. I experienced them first hand about two weeks ago and can
attest to them being ferocious right now.
I currently don't have any trips planned beyond the next two months,
and the weather will likely determine where I'll be heading. If we
have a long summer I'll likely still be heading to the Sierra and/or
the Angeles National Forest, and if the winter comes early I'll be
heading out to the desert. Hopefully this winter will be
significantly less rainy than last so I can spend more time in the
mountains closer to home. BUT during the LTR phase I will be heading
out somewhere at least once per month translating into at least 4
nights of use.
This particular product also lends itself to day hiking and general
camping and outdoor use. I go out day hiking almost every weekend
closer to home; usually in the Santa Monica Mountains. Mosquitoes
usually aren't a huge problem, but there are various other annoying
bugs. I like to wear bug repellant wherever there's a chance of
mosquitoes due to the incidence of West Nile Virus in California.
Summary of Testing Nights
FR 6 nights, more days of day use
LTR 4 nights, more days of day use
-Weights and dimensions of each product.
-Product use instructions.
-What percentage Picaridin is used?
-Is the repellant easy to apply?
-Is it truly odorless? Or less offensive than DEET?
-Does it leave any kind of film on my skin after I apply it?
-How long does it take to dry after application?
-Is one wipe big enough to apply the repellant all over my body?
-How long does the repellency last at base camp, doing no physical
-How long does the repellency last while hiking or other physical
-Do I need to reapply if I get wet?
-Does the repellant work in combination with sunscreen?
-Does it repel bugs other than mosquitoes?
-Do I get any bug bites while wearing the repellant?
-Do bugs hover or even land on me while I'm wearing the repellant
(even If they don't bite)?
-Is the pump tough? Does it break or clog?
-Does the spray discharge accidentally in a day or backpack?
-How long do each of the bottles last (how many trips)?
The 1 oz (30 ml) pumps seem like a good fit for backpacking use and
perhaps the wipes as well (if we're testing the individually packaged
wipes there are no Advanced wipes on the manufacturer's website). I
would use the 6 oz (180 ml) size for car camping, day hiking, and
other outdoor use.
Heat Treat Warmers: http://tinyurl.com/auv8d
ProBar Energy Bars: http://tinyurl.com/asalv
NGS TOPO! Streets and 3D Views expansion pack (FR):
Keen Taos (FR due August 12): http://tinyurl.com/byjk9
Spenco Day hiker Insoles (item not yet received)
Current Applications out
KINeSYS SPF 30+ Sunscreen Spray
Nike Air Zoom Cascade Trail Runners
GSI Outdoors Hard Anodized Extreme Cook set
Freestyle Ergo Touch Pulse Pedometer (May call for ORs)
Ex Officio Buzz Off Sun Hat
Link to all reviews:
None yet - volunteered
None yet - volunteered
I have recently finished two test series. I think I have plenty of
time to devote to test this item. I completed all reports and edits
on time or early. This is also the high season for camping and
backpacking for me (as well as the high time for mosquitoes). This
item does not conflict with any of the other items I am currently
Thank you for considering my application.